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


Sometimes you have to settle for “standard human”

Apr 19, 2015
Sometimes you have to settle for “standard human”

I have backed myself into a corner with this “truth-telling” thing. Here, on this blog. You know, there really is no such thing in writing. As soon as the words come out they are untrue, because they seem to contain the whole, but they are never the whole. They appear but are never complete,...

My expert advice on when to take baby to the doctor

Apr 7, 2015
My expert advice on when to take baby to the doctor

Sometimes I hear parents get confused about when they’re supposed to take their baby to the doctor. You know, how to tell the difference between an infection and a virus, or the severity of either. And I think this is weird. I mean it’s so simple. But that’s probably because I have 4 kids. My experience...

The fight is real, but mommy wars are not

Mar 30, 2015
The fight is real, but mommy wars are not

You know what else I’m done with? “Mommy wars.” But not in the way you think. Oh, yes, we should all “support” each other. We should all “stop judging.” Support! Fuck support. Well, wait. Not really. Support’s cool. We should do that for our friends and family and people we meet in need. But really,...

The first time I saw my mother, and maybe you

Mar 24, 2015
The first time I saw my mother, and maybe you

He sat at our kitchen table, wrapping presents. The kids had finally gone to bed. We did the hot chocolate tradition and ate spaghetti like always and they opened their one Christmas Eve gift: pajamas. I bought them matching ones last year, because I guess I’ve become that mother. Sometimes I surprise myself with my cheesy...

I’m supposed to be at an ashram. 

Mar 15, 2015
I’m supposed to be at an ashram. 

I’m supposed to be at an ashram in the Sierra Nevada foothills, meditating and doing yoga with a bunch of blissed-out white people, but I’m not. But we’ll get to that in a moment. The place was fucking beautiful. Green grass, ponds, flowers, stone walkways. Giant weeping willows, hammocks, sprawling oaks. The cabins were...

Fuck the lie that we can have it all

Mar 3, 2015
Fuck the lie that we can have it all

My husband was called to work out of town and I’m fucking pissed. Sometimes I resent the shit out of this motherhood good, the way it goes down for me. Yeah, I said it. Sometimes I don’t want to be the one on whom the KIDS ALWAYS FALL. Sometimes I don’t want to be...

To the losers who haven’t sleep trained their babies

Feb 20, 2015
To the losers who haven’t sleep trained their babies

We all know an infant “sleeping through the night” is the holy grail of parenthood about 12 of us have actually accomplished but all of us are somehow expected to make happen, but hey. Who the fuck is counting? And we all know that if your baby is not “sleeping through the night” one...

A handy guide to pleasing a 4-year-old

Feb 8, 2015
A handy guide to pleasing a 4-year-old

When Georgia found out Arlo got to write directions for how to please him, she decided she wanted in on the action. ***** Dear Mom, When I wake up in the morning, I need you to be ready to party. Right now. As I enjoy it. I like partying. I like furniture jumping, yelling and...

There’s a deer hide in my garage, and I’m done caring

Feb 2, 2015
There’s a deer hide in my garage, and I’m done caring

The other day, when I arrived home after doing something amazing (because I was alone, so whatever it was, it was amazing), Georgia yells “Hey mama! Look what we have in the backyard!” I look out the window and see two puppies out there, just chillin’, as if they were home. “Um, why do...

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...

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