Posts filed under: Parenting

The bad news: Attachment Parenting is hard when you don’t have an example to follow. The good news: Attachment Parenting has been made much harder than it has to be by a generation of moms who had no idea what we...
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  • How to Restart a Bad Day
You know those days when you wish you could crawl back into bed and get a fresh start? Yeah. Me, too. Those days came more frequently than I’d like to admit when I was a stay at home mom of...
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When I first became interested in attachment parenting, I admit, I wondered to myself, “Is attachment parenting permissive parenting?” Because I was brought up in a strict, authoritarian household I worried about the effectiveness of gentle discipline and if I was...
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Attachment Parenting After 16 Years Have you ever wondered about attachment parenting results past the first few years of life? My oldest son will be 16 in a few months. His brothers are 11 and 13. I’ve been practicing attachment...
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Let’s face it — nothing about breastfeeding is easy. Whether it’s struggling with the discomfort, helping your baby find a latch you can both live with, dealing with public perception or finding a space you can breastfeed without embarrassing anyone,...
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  • Attachment Parenting More Than One Child
Attachment Parenting More Than One Child Attachment Parenting more than one child gets a little tricky sometimes.  I once had another mom (of two) tell me (with a wink), after the birth of my second child, that I was officially...
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Yes! You CAN Work Full Time and Homeschool Your Children Are you a parent who is interested in homeschooling but you working full time? I have great news. You absolutely can work full time and homeschool. Yes, even if both...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Kandice, owner of Green-Eyed Girl Productions and a Coordinating Blog, The Vintage Event, and her personal blog A Cotton Kandi Life.  You can find out more about Kandice by following her on social media...
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What’s Wrong With Common Core Math? Before you read this post, check out this problem.  Did the common core method of calculation make sense to you?  It did to me.  But, that doesn’t mean I’m rushing to teach my homeschooled...
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I admit, my arts are music and writing. My husband is all science and sports. We don’t spend a lot of time on art (outside of music) around here because we fill our time with other activities. But, some of...
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10 Important Things New Moms Need to Know 10.  You can do it.  No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your relationship status, you’ve got this, mama.  It’s what you were born to do.  Once you go...
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  We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) When my boys were preschool age and younger, family members would sometimes act offended when the boys refused hugs and kisses.  My husband and I tried to...
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How to Create a Chore Plan for Children If you’ve implemented a chore system with your children you already understand the importance of children doing chores.  If you are like me, then you might be hesitant to assign chores to your children...
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The Best Children’s Books About Fall Oh, sweet Autumn!  It’s that time of year again when we all feel a little more snuggly.  There are few things more precious on a cool fall day than snuggling up with my boys...
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  • Why I'm Not Encouraging my Children to go to College
Call the parenting police! I’m not encouraging my kids to go to college. Really, it’s not that simple. Let’s get this out of the way:  We homeschool and we make college prep a priority. It is my responsibility to prepare...
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You’re Not Responsible for Your Children’s Happiness Guess what, mamas? You’re not responsible for your children’s happiness.  I know some of you are nodding furiously in agreement but others of you are requesting that I hand in my attachment parenting...
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  • Wearsafe Wearable Safety Device Review
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The Simple Way I Keep My Teen Safe in the Real World My oldest son received his learner’s permit last week....
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  • Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box Review
Yesterday I received an Ecocentric Mom Box in the mail to review. I’ve been a fan of the Ecocentric Mom shop for a while. I love that they sell green, organic, natural products for baby, home, pregnant moms and the...
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  • Survey Sites For Moms
It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gift shopping.  In fact, I plan way ahead to get my kids’ Christmas gifts for free. It’s easy to get Christmas and birthday gifts for free as long as you have a...
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  • Things We Have to Stop Telling New Moms
It’s easy to give the standard, off-the-cuff advice to new mothers in order to make conversation or bolster our “been there, done that” parenting cred. Unfortunately, there is too much unhelpful advice passed around that only frustrates new moms or causes unnecessary...
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  • 3 Back to School Must Haves for Moms
It’s back to school time! Every summer you dutifully shop for your children so that they have everything they need for back to school. You get them off to a great start with all of the essentials because you are a...
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  • Why We Don't Eat Dinner as a Family Anymore
We don’t eat dinner together as a family – and I’m okay with that. It wasn’t always that way, but we stopped having regular family dinners not long after my youngest son was born in 2006. According to Cornell University, whether or...
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  • Why is Motherhood so Stressful
The Number One Reason You’re Stressed Out as a Mom I’ll get right to it.  The number one reason you’re stressed out as a mom is because you are always ON. I know, I know. Many of you are thinking...
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How to Homeschool Your Second Grader for Free When I was a new homeschooling mom, I spent way too much money on two complete homeschool curricula for my sons, who were then in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  It was not a good...
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  • How to Support a Child Who Wants a Dangerous Job
How To Support Your Child’s Dream Job When It’s Risky Let’s be honest, parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. Raising children comes with exciting adventures along with challenges. You want the best for them. After all, you are there...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by OSH guest poster Monica Sakellaridis a.k.a. Mozey.  See the end of the post for more information about Mozey and where to find her online. My Husband Wasn’t Open to Child Led Weaning (At...
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  • Important Conversations to Have While Pregnant
 5 Important Conversations to Have While You’re Pregnant Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson.  Find out more about Amy below. As an expectant mother there seems to be a million and one...
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  • Free Apps for Kids
It’s summertime and that means we’ll all be spending more time engaging and entertaining our children. When it’s time for a little quiet or a long road trip, we need some great Android apps to keep our little ones busy....
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  • How to Help Children With Pet Loss
Friends, it’s been a rough week.  On Monday we lost our sweet cat Ana who was only 6 years old.  She was a special girl who I affectionately called “second mom” because of the way she could sense when the...
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  • Safety Tips for Outdoor Play
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson.  Find out more about Amy below. Safety Reminders for Outside Play With the temperatures rising and the daylight hours extended, your kids are probably antsy to...
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