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


Welcome to college. Try not to get raped.

Aug 27, 2015
Welcome to college. Try not to get raped.

You are the person who thinks it’s “no big deal” that some young men hang banners from the balconies of their frat house with the words: “Freshman daughter drop off,” “Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time,” and “Go ahead and drop off mom too.” It’s hard to...

A troll’s guide to the internet

Aug 18, 2015
A troll’s guide to the internet

The trolls of the internet got together and wrote a helpful handy guide. I can’t imagine why anyone would ever want such a thing, but Service to Nobody is what being a troll is all about. So here you go. A Troll’s Guide to the Internet (Or, How to Behave on the Interwebz): If somebody writes...

To the mamas who never feel “just right”

Aug 11, 2015
To the mamas who never feel “just right”

I’ll never feel “just right” as a mother. That’s what I’ve learned. No matter what I do, a piece of me will wonder about the other side, the other choice. I’ll crave it a little, yearn for it a little, lie down at night and wish for it, a little. I’ll wake up in...

To George on the eve of her 5th birthday

Aug 4, 2015
To George on the eve of her 5th birthday

When I started this blog you were 5 months old. You were bald, and your ears kind of curled over at the top. We called them your “elf ears.” This will probably be less amusing when you’re 15. When you smiled your face exploded in tiny indentations: A cleft chin, and a dimple on...

Breaking news: Don’t be a dick in restaurants

Jul 21, 2015
Breaking news: Don’t be a dick in restaurants

By now you’ve heard of the restaurant owner in Maine who yelled at some toddler who allegedly screamed for 40 minutes at a table. I don’t want to talk about that. It’s boring. We have no idea what happened. As messed up as it is to squeal at a stranger’s baby, it’s pretty messed up to let your...

To you, and the woman who would have been 95

Jul 16, 2015

I don’t have many regrets in my life. Not because I haven’t made mistakes. Lord knows that ain’t the case. When I got sober there were memories so dark I spent the first year of recovery shaking my head occasionally – literally, physically – in attempt to rid the thoughts from my brain. As...

People who can’t read sarcasm are the antichrist

Jul 8, 2015
People who can’t read sarcasm are the antichrist

Did you see what I did there? I used sarcasm to explain how annoying it is when people can’t read sarcasm. (Actually it was hyperbole but if I say “hyperbole” my joke won’t work and it’s humor above accuracy here, people.) The point remains: If you read that sentence and are now saying to yourself...

When did we start trusting “experts” over our own eyeballs?

Jun 30, 2015
When did we start trusting “experts” over our own eyeballs?

A few weeks ago, in an uncharacteristic move because I hate pain, I engaged in a conversation on Facebook about sleep training. It was in response to an article basically saying how sleep training does not harm baby brains, or whatever, which I believe. Great cool whatever. But the thread degenerated (AS THREADS DO)...

Tidy houses are not a thing so stop it

Jun 17, 2015
Tidy houses are not a thing so stop it

I have decided that anyone with kids who says their house is tidy and clean is lying. Their house is not clean. It’s a fucking disaster like mine. Don’t tell me I’m wrong. I’m not wrong. THEY ARE LYING. I don’t give a shit if they have photographic evidence on Instagram. You know they pushed...

Please may I just excuse myself from this interaction? JACK DANIELS.

Jun 8, 2015
Please may I just excuse myself from this interaction? JACK DANIELS.

Sometimes I’m at the park or a kid’s birthday party and I end up in a chat with another mom, and that’s cool, I like to chat. Sometimes though, within moments, it becomes clear that we aren’t here to “chat” but rather engage in a pissing match to determine WHO EXACTLY IS THE BETTER...

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