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


When did we decide kids shouldn’t suffer?

Apr 12, 2014
When did we decide kids shouldn’t suffer?

You know what I realized recently? My kids aren’t suffering enough. Oh, come on. I don’t mean like that. Not suffering abuse or neglect or whatever. Get your head out of the gutter. I’m talking about healthy suffering. Toil. Good ol’ fashioned WORK. I’m talking about discomfort, doing things repeatedly that are physically, mentally...

Sometimes life is about becoming unstuck, and that’s it.

Apr 6, 2014
Sometimes life is about becoming unstuck, and that’s it.

You may remember we were burglarized last September, twice. In one week. They stole my laptop and essentially every piece of jewelry Mac had ever bought me during our 13 years together. They stole my grandmother’s ring, the only thing I inherited from her. It took months to “get over it,” but recently, the...

Hey new moms: I got a “babymoon” for ya.

Apr 3, 2014
Hey new moms: I got a “babymoon” for ya.

You know people keep talking about these damn “babymoons,” and once again I find myself shaking my head. Setting aside my disdain for the term itself (on account of its excessive cuteness), I just don’t understand how a trip to Turks and Fucking Cacaos is really a “last hurrah” at all. Yeah okay I...

This week…just in the knick of time…she was saved by salt air and fog.

Mar 31, 2014
This week…just in the knick of time…she was saved by salt air and fog.

(First of all, it was last week, but whatevs.) After a super handy internet helper diagnosed me with chronic depression based on the last blog post I wrote, I figured it was time to make some changes. I jest. That’s the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard. First of all, EINSTEIN. You can’t diagnose...

I wish they’d stop calling this “sacred.”

Mar 26, 2014
I wish they’d stop calling this “sacred.”

I’m feeling ill-equipped for motherhood lately. I can’t stop being an asshole to my kids. I’m yelling too much. My patience is almost always already gone. I lose it over nothing. Them. Being kids. Doing annoying kid things. Leaving their shoes on the couch one more time. The 5th time I have to ask...

This week…I’ve been repeating my mantra..and…it’s not really working.

Mar 16, 2014
This week…I’ve been repeating my mantra..and…it’s not really working.

  For the past few months, I’ve had a mantra. It’s very complicated. It goes like this: “All you have to do is get through March.” I knew this month was going to be a killer one. I’m teaching 5 classes: 3 at community colleges in 2 cities and 2 high school English classes...

Dear Internet: I hate your “new study”

Mar 12, 2014
Dear Internet: I hate your “new study”

I sure love it when a “new study” hits the internet, particularly if it relates to some super-heated parenting topic. It’s just so fun. All of a sudden, all the people have new “evidence” to sling at the “other side.” All the humans now have “irrefutable proof” that they were, after all, right as...

Journal entry: 3/5/14

Mar 5, 2014

On this day 5 years ago I woke up in a bed in mom’s house and it was not a special day. I had called in sick to work, again, and I was sweaty with a pounding head. The sun insisted on attacking my face. The bed was under the window, in prime sun-assault...

Where the hell is my glow?

Mar 2, 2014
Where the hell is my glow?

I’m 27 weeks and 1 day pregnant. You would think I’m in Peak Glow Zone. But I’m not. I think somebody has stolen my glow. Somebody has stolen my glow and replaced it with hemorrhoids. What? Too much information? TELL ME ABOUT IT. It’s too much information FOR ME and I’m the one dealing...

Dear readers, expect some changes up in here.

Mar 1, 2014

Hey there. So, check it out. When I started this blog about 3 years ago I did it for one reason: Because I wanted to know if the rest of the parenting world was crazy or I was. I spent a year walking around writing blog posts in my head. I’d write a whole...



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