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

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I'm Scared That If I Need You, You'll Leave

I opened the door to my heart and told him not only did I desperately need him, but that I was desperately afraid to need him.
joni edelman, RN   |   05.23.18 12:01am   |   SHARE
art by Julia Green

Mommamental: Talk To Your Kids About Bipolar Disorder

Talk to your kids about Bipolar disorder! It's not a conversation any parent wants to have. But it’s a conversation every mentally ill parent needs to have.
joni edelman, RN   |   05.21.18 1:52pm   |   SHARE
You will survive your divorce.

You Will Survive Your Divorce

The breaks and the cracks and the places where we fall apart all hurt, but those are the places where the reinforcement happens. The breaks are a prerequisite for the repair.
joni edelman, RN   |   05.14.18 2:31pm   |   SHARE
We never learned what was normal because we never saw normal

Happy Mother’s Day To The Women Who Raised Themselves — And Their Mothers

I wasn't a very good mother to myself but I was a better mother than she was.
joni edelman, RN   |   05.11.18 1:02pm   |   SHARE
Babies can't consent. Period.

Should You Ask Your Baby For Consent To Change Their Diaper?

I’m not saying consent isn’t important. I’m just saying that a really big part of parenting is helping a small being who isn't yet capable of making important choices for themself survive to adulthood.
joni edelman, RN   |   05.11.18 10:40am   |   SHARE
All of the Yoni Focus really brings the Yoni in focus.

Viva La Vagina Week 2: My Husband's Noble Quest To Give Me A G-Spot Orgasm

I invited my husband to give me a g-spot orgasm. Let’s just say, he found it. I never asked him to even look before taking this class.
joni edelman, RN   |   05.9.18 10:48am   |   SHARE

9 Things This Mentally Ill Person Wishes You Would Stop (Or Start) Doing

Please stop gaslighting me. Stop telling me that my mental illness isn’t real.
joni edelman, RN   |   05.2.18 11:01am   |   SHARE
#NoShameInMyMedGame #endstigma

Destigmatizing Psychiatric Meds Literally Saves Lives

Bipolar disorder is our legacy. Not a great one, but a legacy just the same. Medications keep me alive. Destigmatizing psychiatric meds saves lives!
joni edelman, RN   |   05.1.18 11:47am   |   SHARE
Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash

7 Of The Most Ridiculous Things My Kids Are Freaking Out About

This is not an exhaustive list, of the most ridiculous things my kids are freaking out about, but I am an exhausted mother.
joni edelman, RN   |   04.26.18 12:01am   |   SHARE
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Kate Middleton To Tammy Duckworth: Redefining Postpartum? Or Just Pushing Women To Do More?

I wish that our culture valued the most vital month postpartum as a time for healing our bodies and holding our babies. Sadly, I’m not sure we ever will.
joni edelman, RN   |   04.25.18 6:13am   |   SHARE