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


Arlo explains how to please a baby at bedtime

Jan 18, 2015
Arlo explains how to please a baby at bedtime

Hey, mom. Arlo here. I feel I’ve been pretty clear on this topic, but there appears to be some confusion still, which I can only assume is a result of a profound slow-mindedness on your part, which is cool, I guess. Little disappointing that my genes were plucked from your pool, but hey. Water...

America, please stop raising assholes

Jan 9, 2015
America, please stop raising assholes

Hey America. I know you’re busy. But if you have a minute, I have a really important request: Please stop raising assholes. I know. You’re just so good at it. It’s your jam. But seriously. It’s not complicated. It’s not even that deep. STOP RAISING HUMANS WHO ARE DICKS TO OTHER HUMANS. Sorry for...

I learned a few things in 2014

Jan 1, 2015
I learned a few things in 2014

In 2014 I learned that pregnancy doesn’t get any shorter even the 4th time you do it, and the last month is still actually 349 days and the weight you gain isn’t like special, allowable fancy weight even though it feels like special, allowable, fancy weight that will just fall off. And I learned...

Things I’m supposed to care about but don’t, Christmas Edition

Dec 29, 2014
Things I’m supposed to care about but don’t, Christmas Edition

Motherhood is continually urging me to give a shit about things I couldn’t care less about. Actually wait. No. Not motherhood. The hype surrounding motherhood. Websites, magazines, television, my damn Facebook feed. It expects me to care about things like Elf on the Shelf, for example. Nope. Don’t care. I think it’s weird and a lot...

16 Ways I’ll Probably Ruin Christmas

Dec 22, 2014
16 Ways I’ll Probably Ruin Christmas

Christmas is in a couple days. I’ll probably ruin it. Chances are good, at least. The more important the day, the more likely I am to fuck it up with my questionable behavior. I made an infographic to visually summarize this phenomenon. But this year I thought I’d give my family a nice, clear,...

How I discovered I am white

Dec 9, 2014
How I discovered I am white

When I was 14 or so, I asked my grandmother why we didn’t have a “white club” at school. I don’t recall her response, but I do remember feeling particularly smug and vaguely angry that there was a “Latino” club and a “Chinese” club but not a “white” club. Oh the unfairness! Oh the...

To my displaced toddler, who I failed for a minute

Dec 1, 2014
To my displaced toddler, who I failed for a minute

Before the baby came, I was sure I would be okay in making sure you stayed feeling special and important, and I was sure you would be okay, because you’ve always been okay. You’re just kind of an “okay” type of kid. Independent, got it handled. Doin’ alright. When you were 3 months old...

Twelve Easy Steps to Doing Creative Work while Parenting

Nov 18, 2014
Twelve Easy Steps to Doing Creative Work while Parenting

So I’m doing the National Novel Writing Month thing, only I’m not writing a novel. I’m writing creative non-fiction, what I would call sort of a fusion between Ann Lamott and David Sedaris, only less good than that sounds. Since November 1 I’ve written 27,887 words, which is about 110 pages. And I have...

To my daughter, who’s almost 13

Nov 12, 2014
To my daughter, who’s almost 13

You won’t believe me. You can’t. You show up to junior high and see two sets of humans: Those in and those out. Damn what’s up with those girls, right? How do they just know how to dress and do their hair and flip it just right and smile and talk and giggle? You look...

I don’t want more kids, but I’ll never be done

Nov 7, 2014
I don’t want more kids, but I’ll never be done

There’s something wrong with me. I’ve suspected it before but now I know, fully. I’m okay with it. I think. I mean there’s not much I can do, really, is there? My husband, right now, as we speak, is getting a vasectomy. I cleared it with him before announcing this on the internet. If...

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