Janelle Hanchett

I am a woman. Thirty-one years old with three children: Ava, 9, Rocket, 5, and Georgia, 6 months. I am married to Mac, my best friend and partner in crime for the last 10 years. We are an erratic offbeat family with big ideas and inevitably poor execution. We like to go to the beach on a whim, even though it's 2 hours away. We take our kids to bluegrass festivals and dance dance dance. We like rock and roll. Sometimes our boy wears pink. Sometimes I yell and scream and act like a really bad mom. Sometimes I'm freaking great. We're just a family.

Web Site: http://www.renegademothering.com


Dear teacher, I wish I could tell you.

Feb 4, 2016
Dear teacher, I wish I could tell you.

To my son’s teacher, I know he didn’t do exactly what you said. I know you said “write an essay” and make sure you use topic sentences and correct punctuation and I know these things are important (I am a writer, you see, I get it), and I know my boy didn’t do that....

Five years ago yesterday I started writing

Jan 27, 2016
Five years ago yesterday I started writing

Five years ago yesterday I wrote the first post of this blog. I had been crafting it on my drive to work and in the shower and back again and all around. In fact, I had been “writing in my head,” also known as “thinking,” for many months. All the things I’d like to...

What would happen if we let people be broken sometimes?

Jan 19, 2016
What would happen if we let people be broken sometimes?

When I write about my sadness, people try to fix me. They try to fix me up with their heartfelt advice, or admonitions. Their concern. So much concern. Deep and earnest. I need more “me time” (whatever the fuck that means). I’m overwhelmed because “I’ve taken on too much.” Perhaps I don’t understand that...

What would happen if we let people be broken sometimes?

Jan 19, 2016
What would happen if we let people be broken sometimes?

When I write about my sadness, people try to fix me. They try to fix me up with their heartfelt advice, or admonitions. Their concern. So much concern. Deep and earnest. I need more “me time” (whatever the fuck that means). I’m overwhelmed because “I’ve taken on too much.” Perhaps I don’t understand that...

I’m pretty sure Facebook removes my brain upon log-in

Jan 14, 2016
I’m pretty sure Facebook removes my brain upon log-in

I consider myself a rational person. Generally, in arguments, I’m the one constructing bullet-proof logical defenses of my ego. Err I mean “point.” If the person I’m with is crying or engaging in some other sort of extreme emotional reaction I usually look at them rather alarmed and wish they’d stop so we could...

I’m pretty sure Facebook removes my brain upon log-in

Jan 14, 2016
I’m pretty sure Facebook removes my brain upon log-in

I consider myself a rational person. Generally, in arguments, I’m the one constructing bullet-proof logical defenses of my ego. Err I mean “point.” If the person I’m with is crying or engaging in some other sort of extreme emotional reaction I usually look at them rather alarmed and wish they’d stop so we could...

Every day I hold my breath as I ask how her day was

Jan 7, 2016
Every day I hold my breath as I ask how her day was

Instead of calling a human being an “it,” you can call them  “he or she” “him or her” “friend” “they” “sparkle face” “love boat” “person.” Or, most importantly, whatever they want to be called (even if that’s not perhaps your first thought).   If you don’t have that information, and you can’t tell their...

Every day I hold my breath as I ask how her day was

Jan 7, 2016
Every day I hold my breath as I ask how her day was

Instead of calling a human being an “it,” you can call them  “he or she” “him or her” “friend” “they” “sparkle face” “love boat” “person.” Or, most importantly, whatever they want to be called (even if that’s not perhaps your first thought).   If you don’t have that information, and you can’t tell their...

Every day I hold my breath as I ask how her day was

Jan 7, 2016
Every day I hold my breath as I ask how her day was

Instead of calling a human being an “it,” you can call them  “he or she” “him or her” “friend” “they” “sparkle face” “love boat” “person.” Or, most importantly, whatever they want to be called (even if that’s not perhaps your first thought).   If you don’t have that information, and you can’t tell their...

Happy New Year, Weirdos

Dec 31, 2015
Happy New Year, Weirdos

New Year’s Eve. I should say something profound. I should say something deep and hopeful about the “tenacity of the human spirit” or at least something witty and cute. There’s too much pressure. Last year on this day I was frantically searching for a doctor to see my husband because all the tendons on...

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