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The other day, I learned I am not wearing enough stripes around my baby. I should be donning them as often as possible. In fact, if I am not constantly surrounding my child with bold colored, contrasting stripes I “might as well be blindfolding him.”

This was actual advice by an actual doctor on the actual internet.

And, despite what I consider a relatively level head, it left me near tears, contemplating the tragic lack of stripes in my life.

As a new parent, the are no shortage of places to turn for advice, or instructions, or advice that feels like instructions. From books to parenting experts to the internet, everyone has something to say about the best way to care for my baby. …


Andrea Karin Nelson

Writer : Editor: Actor: Teaching Artist: ASL Interpreter : Mother : Person (in no particular order)

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