Category Archive

Families

Our sister site Offbeat Mama launched in 2009, became Offbeat Families in 2012, and was merged into Offbeat Home & Life in 2015. This archive contains all the posts ever published on those sites! We believe that while children change your life forever, being around kids doesn’t necessitate abandoning your identity. We believe in supporting and inspiring parents and caregivers who are moving beyond mainstream visions of parenting. We welcome anyone who’s interested in families, whether you’re pre-parental, in the process of becoming a parent, or choosing to live childfree.

Working parents: how to magically “level up” during quarantine?!

I am a working mom. I love my two-year-old daughter more than light, but ever since she was 11 weeks old, my husband and I have had help of one variety or another… that is until COVID-19. Now we’re all at home, alone together, working, and trying to wade through this mess…

One woman answers the question: should I stay in a marriage without chemistry?

I wrote the Offbeat Home post I’m not attracted to my husband: Marriage without chemistry? in 2013. [One of the most popular posts on Offbeat Home & Life, of all time. -Ed] After 6 years of working on myself, finding myself, and trying to do absolutely everything I could to save the marriage… I finally had the strength to call it quits.

Yep, there's a safe child's car seat that fits in your pocket

Yep, there’s a safe child’s car seat that fits in your pocket(!)

I was introduced to a truly neat, seriously overdue concept: a super safe child safety seat that condenses down to the size of a medium cup of coffee. It weighs less than a pound, secures in about 20 seconds, and is perfect for traveling, cabs and other rideshares, and for keeping on hand whenever you need it.

Our laid back family photo shoot at Grandpa's hardware store

Our laid back family photo shoot at Grandpa’s hardware store

This beautiful family decided to take advantage of all the nooks and crannies at grandpa’s hardware store in Wisconsin for a dynamic family photo shoot.

Let’s see the magic that they created and learn a bit about the inspiration from the family…

A tale of unconditional love this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and that can always be a complicated time for a lot of us.

But here’s a tale of divergent personalities coming back together to celebrate a birthday (and father’s day!) with love and compassion.

When children are not our "mini me": accepting your child as they are

When kids are not our “mini me”: accepting your children as they are

When you become a parent, I think it’s natural to have expectations and preconceived ideas of what the little person you have created is going to be like. Imagining the future and what that could look like is perfectly natural. But as they grow, you begin to see them become this little person who is unique and special in their own ways. At that point, you should let go of the ideas and expectations you had in your mind at the beginning…

Try not to squee too loudly when you see this newborn dressed up as a baby bear

Try not to squee too loudly when you see this newborn dressed up as a baby bear

If you have your own bundle of adorableness or maybe just like squeeing at newborn babes in cute costumes, this newborn photo sesh has it all — a sweet baby named Cade, bear ears, sleepy grump face (my fave), and that mysterious magic that goes into posing a sleeping baby. If you need some rustic inspiration for your own baby portrait session, here’s your chance to take notes…

I took my daughter to therapy with me

I took my daughter to therapy with me

I try to speak openly about my battle with depression, and it is the time of year where I tend to be at my worst. This season is no different, and the last few weeks have been a struggle to accomplish my day-to-day tasks. Still, even with my attempts to be open and unashamed of my mental health, it was hard to bring my daughter to therapy with me. I never had the intention of bringing her. However, I had my usual therapy session scheduled on one of her approximately 148 snow days this year. My first thought was to cancel the session, but I realized the only reason I was going to do this was some ambiguous sense of discomfort…