Posts filed under: Parenting

Is Crying It Out Ever Okay For Your Baby? Few baby parenting topics are more controversial than sleep training, especially the cry-it-out method. As a mother who practiced attachment parenting with her babies, leaving my baby to cry alone was...
Continue Reading →
Easy Ways to Spend Quality Time With Your Children We all know spending quality time with our children is important.  The quality of the time we spend with our children is more important than the quantity of time we spend...
Continue Reading →
Is Attachment Parenting Ruining Your Life? I’ve been practicing attachment parenting since my oldest son was born in 2001. I’d love to tell you that attachment parenting has been some easy-breezy, peaceful-earth-mother experience, but I’d be lying. Dear sweet mamas, attachment...
Continue Reading →
How to Get Over Working Mom Guilt If you are a working mom you’ve probably experienced working mom guilt.  Some moms experience it more than others.  Some moms have felt it and made peace.  It’s not easy keeping all of...
Continue Reading →
How To Discipline Your Child Without Spanking – 13 Alternatives to Spanking Your Child If you’ve decided not to use corporal punishment as a form of discipline you may find yourself unprepared for situations where spanking is often used.  Many...
Continue Reading →
Does Gentle Discipline Really Work? I first read about gentle discipline when my oldest child was nearing his first birthday.  I’d practiced attachment parenting from the beginning, but hadn’t given much thought to discipline.  I knew from my own upbringing...
Continue Reading →
How To Have A Stress Free Morning Routine As A Mom Hey, mama. Is your morning routine a little stressful? A lot stressful? If your mornings are like those of many other moms, you’re flying by the seat of your...
Continue Reading →
How to Deal With Parenting Anxiety If you’re 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...
Continue Reading →
How to Cope With Miscarriage My second pregnancy ended in miscarriage. 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) had begun to...
Continue Reading →
5 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Family When Life Gets Busy Several years ago, after being a mostly work-at-home mom for 11 years, I took a full time job outside of the home. My already-busy life became jam-packed. Even...
Continue Reading →
Parenting Q & A: My Child Cries When I Drop Him Off At Daycare Q:  I’ve just started working outside of the home after being a sahm (stay at home mom) with my three-year-old his whole life.  It’s been two...
Continue Reading →
Parenting Q & A: My Kids Fight All The Time. Help! 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...
Continue Reading →
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. Fortunately, it’s easy to do and anyone who has a computer or smartphone, or grocery shops...
Continue Reading →
Why I Don’t Breastfeed in Public As a breastfeeding mother, I was uncomfortable breastfeeding in public.  I decided early on that I don’t breastfeed in public and I don’t regret it. If you’ve read my articles about my breastfeeding experience,...
Continue Reading →
Breastfeeding For the Last Time My third son was born with a head full of hair like his brothers, 20 inches long like his brothers, and had the face of an angel –  you guessed it – like his brothers. Unlike...
Continue Reading →
My Experience with Tandem Breastfeeding When my oldest child reached 18 months old, our nursing relationship was still going strong and I was pregnant again.  (Read about my experience with breastfeeding and pregnancy.) I was sure my son would wean...
Continue Reading →
My Experience with Breastfeeding During Pregnancy When my oldest son was born we had a lot of newborn breastfeeding difficulties. Although we got through the challenges I decided early on that I would only nurse him for about 6 months....
Continue Reading →
How to Treat Mastitis Naturally By the time my oldest child was 12 weeks old, all of our newborn breastfeeding struggles were behind us.  He latched well, and stayed latch.  In hindsight, I realize that part of my son’s latch...
Continue Reading →
My Experience with Working And Breastfeeding When my oldest son was 6 weeks old I returned to work part-time.  I felt a little panicked because he had never learned to properly latch onto a bottle.  In fact, it had taken...
Continue Reading →
Dealing with Common Concerns of Newborn Breastfeeding My breastfeeding experience with my oldest son had a rough start. We dealt with several common newborn breastfeeding issues such as poor latch, thrush, overactive letdown, and reflux. The latter two problems I...
Continue Reading →
The Best Breastfeeding Books When I’m invited to a baby shower and I know the mom plans to breastfeed, I always give her one or two of the best breastfeeding books. Without these books my breastfeeding experience would’ve likely been...
Continue Reading →
A Valentine’s Day Without Candy? Is it possible to celebrate Valentine’s Day with candy? Yep! I’m excited to share with you my best ideas for what to give kids for Valentine’s Day that isn’t candy. When we first began our...
Continue Reading →
Here’s a fact about gentle discipline: Gentle discipline doesn’t always look gentle. Sometimes, when people imagine what gentle parenting or gentle discipline looks like they picture an earth-mother type saying sweetly to her child, “Now, Willow, hitting your brother isn’t...
Continue Reading →
You Don’t Have to Play With Your Children Let’s be honest, mamas. Do you hate playing with your children? I don’t mean having fun with them or spending quality time with them. I mean sitting on the floor pushing cars...
Continue Reading →
When I was a new mom with a head full of idealistic parenting goals, I received feedback on some of the more controversial parenting choices I made. Sometimes the well-intentioned but unsolicited advice was more overwhelming than it was helpful....
Continue Reading →
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...
Continue Reading →