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


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...

All the things I’ve never known (about babies)

Nov 3, 2014
All the things I’ve never known (about babies)

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my best friends in the world is having her first baby in a couple months. I feel like I should have some super helpful profound shit to tell her about babies, you know, because I’ve been doing it for 13 years or so, 4 pregnancies, births and babies....

I was going to hate Disneyland.

Oct 30, 2014
I was going to hate Disneyland.

When we walked into Disneyland I looked around and thought “I have either entered the happiest place on earth or the axis of evil, but it sure is clean!” I’ll admit it. I was skeptical. The price alone made me hate it. Then you add princesses and rides and masses of humanity and I...

I don’t hate you, but I’ll probably ignore your parenting advice

Oct 27, 2014
I don’t hate you, but I’ll probably ignore your parenting advice

A few years ago, when I started this blog, I created the tagline “Join me in the fight against helpful parenting advice.” This is, of course, a joke. But like most jokes, it’s also true. I’m pretty sure my special talent is the ability to shoot down parenting advice in midair. This is not...

Today I made a mistake that could have killed my son

Oct 13, 2014
Today I made a mistake that could have killed my son

Today I made a mistake that could have cost my son his life. You know we all look at those parents who forget their kid in the car due to a change in routine or stop watching them for 5 minutes near a body of water, or make some other fatal error in judgment,...

I have become “that mother” on Instagram

Oct 10, 2014
I have become “that mother” on Instagram

I have become “that mother” on Instagram and I hate it as much as you do. I do it on Facebook too. I can’t stop posting pictures of my kids. I realize I’m doing it but I can’t stop. We’re supposed to post interesting things that happen to us. Often the most interesting thing...

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