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


Hey! I’m back. By the skin of my teeth.

May 26, 2015
Hey! I’m back. By the skin of my teeth.

I have never been quite as lost as I was the past few months. I think it started with Mac’s hand injury on December 29. Maybe it doesn’t sound huge, but it was. Something about a 6 foot piece of sheet metal dropping 40 feet onto your best friend and husband, father of your...

The view from a cot on Half Dome, or, my mom

May 9, 2015
The view from a cot on Half Dome, or, my mom

My mom taught me that if you’re broke and possibly broken, the thing to do with your tax return check is to pack up your kids and drive north, up the coast of Oregon, Washington, all the way to British Columbia, fishing along the way. You go to those fancy gardens and ride a...

Hey teenage girls: You are not the worst

May 4, 2015
Hey teenage girls: You are not the worst

Recently I read (yet another) thread on Facebook that went like this: Main post: “Teenage boys are so hard.” Comments in thread: “You should be glad you don’t have GIRLS.” At least you don’t have GIRLS. OMG TEENAGE GIRLS. They are THE WORST. Insane, emotional, slutty little things. Mean. Irrational. I’m paraphrasing, but you...

I don’t know shit about Baltimore

Apr 29, 2015
I don’t know shit about Baltimore

I know a few things. I’ve studied them, or better yet, felt them. I’ve watched, heard about them. Better still, lived them. I know a few things. But I don’t know shit about Baltimore. I know CNN and Fox are liars, and they don’t know shit about Baltimore either. I watch people talk. Here’s a thread...

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...

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