BIO

Body-positive intersectional feminist. BP Type II. Diet industry dropout. Wife. Mom of 5. Bibliophile. Cake aficionado. Editor In Chief @ Ravishly. Types 17 WPM.

Joni Edelman's Articles

Who's panicking? Not me. Image: Joni Edelman.

My Mammogram Revealed 'Abnormal' Tissue. They Told Me Not To Panic. I Panicked.

Do you want people to for-sure panic? Tell them not to panic.
Joni Edelman   |   07.27.16 8:27am   |   SHARE
Sometimes I just need to say “I don’t want to do this.”

Sometimes I Regret Becoming A Mother

We been made to fear that should we complain, lest it might be snatched from us, should we for even a moment wish we hadn't done this. Some sort of universal karma. A punishment for your lack of gratitude.
joni edelman   |   07.14.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
Peyton, Ella, and Max

My Nanny Saved My Life

Nannies are for mothers. Nannies pick up the "slack" for the mothers who aren't cutting it. Practically no one has ever said, “That guy is really not handling this whole “dad” thing. He should really hire a nanny.” Fathers don't need slack picked up. Fathers... Read...
joni edelman   |   07.7.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
PS Kids can’t actually raise themselves.

To The (ANONYMOUS) Dad Who Told His Wife To Get A Job

In short: I don’t want to call names, but you’re a prick.
joni edelman   |   07.5.16 8:18am   |   SHARE
shut up

Breaking: FDA SAYS "NO COOKIE DOUGH FOR YOU."

In today's SHUT UP, GOVERNMENT news: COOKIE DOUGH. Specifically, the raw variety.  The FDA has apparently issued a warning to consumers that they should no longer partake in raw cookie dough. This, due to a "ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain... Read...
joni edelman   |   06.30.16 12:01pm   |   SHARE
'MURRCA!! Image: TheFlagShirt.com

24 Ways To Be SUPEREXTRA Patriotic This 4th Of July

“Make America Great Again” with Trump bumper stickers. All over your car. And your neighbor’s car. “America” means cis, hetero, white/orange men in charge.
joni edelman   |   06.30.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
"Within this song there is defiance, empowerment and hope." Image: Halcyon.

"Can't Shoot A Rainbow/Love is Louder": A Song To Benefit The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting And Their Families

I am so pleased to offer this piece of music from one of my favorite humans (incidentally, my cousin): Deb Hunseder, a musician who has performed at Pulse. Deb has collaborated with other Florida musicians to offer this song as a tribute and benefit to those... Read...
joni edelman   |   06.24.16 11:17am   |   SHARE
The things happening to my body are both unexpected and unwelcome. Image: Thinkstock.

7 Things To Know About Perimenopause (AKA Why I'm Crying/Yelling/Bleeding Everywhere)

I’m not mourning the loss of fertility. I’m mostly just waiting to see what happens next, like some sort of hormonal roulette. I’m writing this for you, so that when your period decides to take an extended vacation, you may understand that this is another... Read...
joni edelman   |   06.20.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
Marigolds! They stink.

Tips For The Organic Gardener: Natural Pest Control When Worms ATTACK

I mean, ideally we'd live in Buddhist harmony with all of the Earth's Creatures. I try. And then Earth's Creatures start eating my squash and I am on fire with the rage of a thousand non-Buddhist suns.
joni edelman   |   06.16.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
Just be with them... Image: Thinkstock.

In The Wake Of Orlando: How Do I Help My Child Cope With Tragedy?

When we are left to make sense of the senseless, how do we help our children navigate the same waters we tread? When the fear of the unknown incapacitates us, how can we help them to be less afraid? How can we help them to go on, even when we don’t want to?... Read...
joni edelman   |   06.12.16 8:26pm   |   SHARE