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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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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This post brought to you by Tom’s of Maine. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Our Small Hours. Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd.  Like other natural-living-minded moms, I’m spending time this week talking with my boys...
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  • Why Should I Eat Healthy
What is Your Why for Healthy Living? When I first began writing this article the words poured from me.  I could go on for a while about why healthy living is important to me. This article could easily end up being...
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  • How to Get Your Child to Stop Whining
How to Stop Your Child From Whining There are few things more grating than a whining child, right?  Sometimes around the age of 2.5-3, when a child as an arsenal of words to use, but can’t always seem to figure...
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  • How to Teach Teens to Drive Safely
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson. Amy Patterson is an avid reader on trending topics and a freelance writer in her spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find her catching...
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  • My Worst Parenting Regrets
My Five Biggest Parenting Regrets (and How I’m Moving Past Them) There’s no such thing as a perfect parent and we all  have regrets. I’ve hesitated to share my parenting regrets because, frankly, I don’t like thinking about them and...
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  • Is It Okay to Let Kids Eat Junk Food
Why I Allow My Children To Eat Junk Food Yes. You read that right.I allow my children to eat junk food. Yes, I write about real food and importance of avoiding processed foods and even some foods that people commonly...
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  • My Favorite YouTube Moms
My 10 Favorite YouTube Moms Have you ever wanted a peek into the lives of other moms?  Of course, you have.  That’s a big reason why we read parenting blogs.  I love blogging and sharing how I do motherhood with other...
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  • How to Know When You're Done Having Babies
How to Know When You’re Done Having Babies Are you done having babies?  Do you know for sure or is this a question that’s difficult to answer? For me it wasn’t easy to answer until recently.  (I’ll tell you my...
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  • Why Do Other Moms Judge Me
One Reason Why Other Moms Judge You (And Why It’s Okay) Why are moms so judgmental of other moms?  This was a question I asked myself often as a new mom.  It seemed that even before our babies were born, other...
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  • Self Expression in Tweens
The Importance of Freedom of Expression for Tweens When I received an opportunity to write about freedom of expression for tweens in a post sponsored by Fruitocracy, I knew my sweet 10-year-old son would love to help me out.  As I...
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  • How to Get Kids to Eat Real Food
How to Get Children to Eat Real Food So you’ve decided to follow a real food diet and you want your family on board.  If you are like many former Standard American Diet (SAD) families, your children are likely protesting...
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  • How to Discipline Without Spanking
How to Discipline Without Using Punishment I have a long-standing disagreement with punishment.  When I was a child I would think to myself when I was punished, “Geez!  You don’t have to punish me.  Just tell me what I did...
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  • How to Get Kids to Do Chores
Editor’s Note:  This post was written by OSH contributor Mercedes Samudio, LCSW.  To find out more about Mercedes read her bio on the Current Contributors page. Visit Mercedes’s website The Parenting Skill and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  How to...
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  • Homeschool and Common Legal Concerns
Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Our Small Hours contributor Christine Field of Real Mom Life. To find out more about Christine visit the Current Contributors page.  Be sure to follow Christine on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Legal Concerns and...
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  • How to Stand Up For Your Children
Advocating For Our Children Most of the time I am a pretty mellow mama.  I don’t enjoy causing a scene and would much prefer to not be noticed and allowed to reside in the background.  Living life in the spotlight...
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  • The Best Baby Monitor with a Camera
Editor’s Note:  This post was sponsored by Fujikam.  I received the Fujikam at no cost in exchange for my honest review. The Best Baby Monitor with Camera (That You’ll Use for the Rest of Your Life!) When I got the...
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  • Work from Home as a Mom
Can You Afford to be a Stay-at-Home Parent? When I was pregnant with my first child, I probably googled this question on a weekly basis looking for confirming information about how a single-income family could live comfortably.  This question was...
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  • The Best Computer for Gaming
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Intel. All opinions are 100% mine. The Best Computers for Gaming My boys are head over heels for Minecraft.  At first they were content to play on their video...
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  • How to Keep Toddler Busy While Caring for Baby
How to Keep Your Toddler Busy While Caring for Your Baby So now you’re a mom of two and now you’re outnumbered.  The logistics become a little tricky when you have two children who are very close in age.  My...
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  • How to Feed a Picky Toddler
How to Feed a Picky Eater One of the most common parenting struggles is how to feed a picky eater.  You’re probably here because you did a google search seeking information about how to get a picky eater to eat.  You...
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  • The Best Games for a Family Game Night
The Best Games for Family Game Night After a long soccer season, my family is finally at home in the evenings more nights than we’re not.  I look forward to these few months of each year when our activities and...
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  • 5 Things I Wish I'd Known as a New Mom
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of COUNTRY Financial® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. 5 Things I Wish I’d Known as a New Mom Before I had children everyone told me the news:  Babies...
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  • Indoor Rainy Day Play Ideas for Kids
Indoor Rainy Day Play Ideas for Kids I live in the south and we have our fair share of rainy days. I remember one summer when my boys were little it rained nearly every single day.  There was rarely enough...
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  • Sprout Organic Baby Food Review
7 Reasons to Love Sprout® Organic Baby Food Hey there real-foodie parents! I see you out there, busy as can be, wanting to feed your precious little ones food with real.honest.pure ingredients.  You go to great lengths to keep your babies...
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  • Sprout Organic Baby Food
Sprout® Organic Baby Food at Publix I’m dashing around this week trying to get everything I need for my Thanksgiving menu and not forget a single thing.  I know you’re in the thick of it, too, finishing up last minute...
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  • Should My Child Play Sports
Should Your Child Play Sports? The last post in the “Should Your Child Play Sports” series is a more emotional one.  I want to talk about how to be a good sports parent if you and your child have decided...
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  • The Power of Gratitude
The Power of Gratitude This time of year many of us begin to ponder those things we are most grateful for.  The holiday season can bring out gratitude like no other season.  Often we run down the list in a...
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  • How to Prepare Your Children For Pet Adoption
This post brought to you by PetSmart Charities. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Our Small Hours. How to Prepare Your Children for Pet Adoption The PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend is coming up on November 13 through...
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  • Youth Sports Time Commitment
Should Your Child Play Sports? In Part IV of the “Should Your Child Play Sports?” series, we’re considering whether or not your family will be able to make the time commitment for your child to play sports.  Depending on the age...
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  • Should Your Child Play Sports
Should Your Child Play Sports? So far we’ve talked about figuring out if your child truly wants to play sports and what type of sports, team or individual, might be right for your child.  Today I’d like to ask you to...
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  • Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses
Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses? I was 11 years old when I began wearing glasses.  While wearing glass was exciting at first, the novelty wore off pretty quickly.  My glasses bothered me when I played sports with my...
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  • Should My Child Play Sports
Should My Child Play Sports? Sports are a great way for children to have fun while staying fit, but finding a sport that your child loves may not be easy for some.  If you read Part 1 of this series,...
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Should My Child Play Sports? Playing youth sports is an excellent way for children and teens to get physically fit, practice teamwork, gain self-confidence, learn life lessons and have fun, but team sports are not an ideal activity for every...
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  • How to Stop Siblings from Fighting
How to Stop Sibling Rivalry There isn’t much my children can do that will make me truly angry.  My oldest has broken three separate windows, all of my children have made their marks on the walls with crayon or marker,...
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  • How to Find Balance as a Mom
How to Find Balance as a Mother Since becoming a mother I have been chasing the seemingly impossible dream of a balanced lifestyle. I’ve been a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, a bring-your-child-to-part-time-work mom, a stay-at-home mom, a...
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  • Create an Online Family Smartphone Contract
How to Create a Family Contract for Smartphone Use A few months ago I was talking with my mother about the differences between raising a teenager in the 90s (when I was a teen) and raising a teenager today.  Most...
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  • What to do When your Child Misbehaves in Public
What to do When Your Child Misbehaves in Public We all know that dealing with our children’s misbehavior at home is difficult, but most of us would agree that dealing with our children’s misbehavior in public is the worst.  It’s...
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  • How to Schedule Your Day as a Mom
Daily Schedules for Stay at Home Moms As I’ve mentioned in my Myers-Briggs posts, I have a very strong “J”,or judging factor, to my personality.  I don’t like surprises but day runners, to-do lists and calendars make me giddier than...
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  • Is Attachment Parenting Spoiling Your Children
What is Attachment Parenting?  When my youngest was born I knew that certain common parenting practices did not fit my way of thinking of about my child and my role as his mother.  I researched different parenting philosophies and one...
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  • Fertility Lubricant
Conceive Plus Fertility Lubricant Trying to conceive is not always the simple process that we dream it will be.  When our romantic interludes with our partner don’t result in a positive home pregnancy test two weeks later, it’s easy to...
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  • Introverted Moms
Tips for the Introverted Mom Before I was a mother I imagined my days as a stay-at-home mom would go something like this:  I’d wake up my children for breakfast, we’d do a craft or bake together, we’d have some...
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Editor’s Note:  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines. All opinions are 100% mine. Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines There’s a new kids’ show in town and this one...
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Editor’s Note:  This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated to share my honest opinions and experiences with Alabama food and travel. Top Five Places to Visit in Alabama Sweet Home Alabama.  It’s more than just a song....
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How to Convince Your Husband to Homeschool Although we’ve been homeschooling since 2008, we almost didn’t homeschool at all.  My husband was not supportive of homeschool in the beginning.  Since he’s a pretty easy-going guy who is open to experience, I...
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  • Homeschool For Free
How to Homeschool Your First 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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  • Teen Drug Abuse
Editor’s Note:  In this post, Temple from Mom of Two Teen Boys shares her story about her teenage son and drug use.     How to Talk To Your Teenager About Drugs Temple’s Story Teens can be complicated. I heard someone once say ”...
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  • My Husband and I Disagree on Discipline
My Husband and I Disagree on Discipline Disclaimer:  This post is written specifically for mothers who practice gentle, positive discipline.  Our Small Hours supports the use of attachment parenting and gentle, positive discipline and does not support the use of physical punishment....
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  • Moms with Chronic Illness
Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Tiffany from Mommy Methodology.  To find out more about Tiffany, please visit her website here and her contributor page here at Our Small Hours.  Be sure to follow Mommy Methodology on social media:...
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The Importance of a Daily Quiet Time for Kids I first implemented a daily quiet time with my children when my oldest was around 3 years old and had begun to give up naps.  It’s tough work keeping a little...
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Does Parenting Get Easier as Children Get Older? When I was a young mother with three children under the age of five, I often wondered if parenting would ever get any easier.  When I asked moms with children older than...
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 My time spent working with families and interacting in parenting communities has taught me several things.  One of those things is that no matter how you choose to parent your child, you will meet with criticism from someone at some point. Often...
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Should You Apologize to Your Child? First things first, right?  Maybe you don’t believe that apologizing to your children is such a good idea.  That was a common belief among a generation of parents.  The idea goes that the parent...
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Yelling is the new spanking.  While many parents have taken physical punishment out of their discipline toolbox, many have replaced it with yelling. It’s not uncommon for a parent to resort to yelling when they are left with a empty...
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Is crying it out ever okay?  As you probably already know, I practice attachment parenting.  Sleeping training, especially crying it out is heavily discouraged in attachment parenting.  Therefore my answer to the previous question might surprise you. Sometimes crying it...
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We all know that spending quality time with our children is important.  The quality of the time we spent with our children is more important than the quantity of time we spend with them.  While it would be nice to...
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Since my oldest son was born in 2001, I’ve been practicing attachment parenting. I would love to tell you that attachment parenting has been some easy-breezy, peaceful-earth-mother experience, but I’d be lying. Some aspects of attachment parenting have come easily,...
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 If you are a working mom, you’ve probably experienced working mom guilt.  Some of us experience it more than others.  Some of us have felt it and made peace.  It’s not easy keeping all of the plates spinning, that’s for...
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  • Alternatives to Corporal Punishment
If you have decided not to use corporal punishment as a method of discipline, you may find yourself unprepared for situations where spanking is often used.  Many parents were not raised without being spanked and, therefore, have limited (if any)...
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I first read about gentle discipline when my oldest child was nearing his first birthday.  I had practiced attachment parenting from the beginning, but hadn’t given much thought to discipline.  I knew from my my own upbringing and my education...
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If you are a parent chances are you’ve spent more than a little time worrying about your children.  It’s normal and it’s healthy to be concerned about the safety and well-being of our children.  We are given a great responsibility...
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Books for a Dollar?   About a decade ago I developed a bad habit.  I joined several book clubs and got tons of books for a low price.  I did this over and over and amassed quite a library.  I...
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  Twelve years ago this month I suffered the miscarriage of my second pregnancy.  I was 13 weeks into the pregnancy and feeling pretty confident as I moved into the second trimester.  My morning sickness (and a few other symptoms)...
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  • How to Stay Connected When You're Busy
 “We are parenting two forty-year-old men and a frat boy.” —My husband  I’ve been mostly absent from my blog for about a month now.  Actually, it’s been since January 27th, exactly.  The day before that silly-faced kid in the picture...
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    My middle son (we’ll call him A) slid into the world effortlessly two days past his due date.  A is my rainbow baby–the first baby born after a miscarriage.  My previous pregnancy ended at 13 weeks with no warning....
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Welcome to Our Small Hours Parenting Q & A!  Being a parent means having questions.  Many different situations arise during the course of parenting and you may not have all of the answers.  That’s okay.  None of us has all of the...
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  • How to Stop Sibling Rivalry
 How to Stop Sibling Rivalry  Q:  My sons are 7 and 5.  They argue and fight non-stop.  The older one tries to “parent” the younger one.  The younger one whines and gets dramatic about even the most innocent things that...
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  • Working Full Time and Homeschooling
Working Full Time and Homeschooling One of the most common questions I’m asked about my family’s lifestyle is, “How do you work full-time and home school?!”  I explain that some in my post about working full-time and home schooling.  I...
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As a nursing mother, I was uncomfortable breastfeeding in public.  There.  I said it.  If you know my breastfeeding story, this might surprise you.  But, it’s true.   It’s been 6 years since I last nursed a child.  That’s longer...
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  • Life as a Stay at Home Mom
My Life As A Stay At Home Mom I was (mostly) a stay-at-home mom for 11 years.  I was working outside of the home in another job that I loved when my oldest was born, but was desperate to be at...
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Valentine’s Day and candy go together like, well, Easter and candy.  But, last year I took the plunge into de-sugaring our holidays.  As we approached our first candy-centric holiday in April, I vowed not to encourage poor health habits by...
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My breastfeeding experience spanned a continuous 5 years and 9 months.  In this series I’ll share my breastfeeding story, with all of its ups and downs, for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging both new moms and those who are years...
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My breastfeeding experience spanned a continuous 5 years and 9 months.  In this series I’ll share my breastfeeding story, with all of its ups and downs, for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging both new moms and those who are years...
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My breastfeeding experience spanned a continuous 5 years and 9 months.  In this series I’ll share my breastfeeding story, with all of its ups and downs, for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging both new moms and those who are years...
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My breastfeeding experience spanned a continuous 5 years and 9 months.  In this series I’ll share my breastfeeding story, with all of its ups and downs, for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging both new moms and those who are years...
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My breastfeeding experience spanned a continuous 5 years and 9 months.  In this series I’ll share my breastfeeding story, with all of its ups and downs, for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging both new moms and those who are years...
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My breastfeeding experience spanned a continuous 5 years and 9 months.  In this series I’ll share my breastfeeding story, with all of its ups and downs, for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging both new moms and those who are years...
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My breastfeeding experience spanned a continuous 5 years and 9 months.  In this series I’ll share my breastfeeding story, with all of its ups and downs, for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging both new moms and those who are years...
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Is it possible to have an Easter without candy? Since we began our Traditional Foods journey, my husband and I have worked hard to keep candy out of our home.  Our children still eat candy, don’t misunderstand me, but we...
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