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46 Stay At Home Date Night Ideas for Busy Parents Date night? Who has time for a date night? But, what if it’s an at home date night? You do, mama! I know fitting a date night into your schedule...
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Advice for New Moms – 10 Things New Moms Need to Know Hey there, new mama. Let’s talk. I’ve got some advice for new moms I want to share with you. Look . . . You already know it won’t...
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We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) As toddlers and preschoolers my boys often refused to hug relatives they rarely saw. Sometimes our less mature family members acted offended when the boys refused hugs and...
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How to Buy Contact Lenses Without a Doctor’s Visit – A Simple Contacts Review It happened again. I ran out of contacts lenses before I could get an appointment with my eye doctor to renew my prescription. I’m a busy...
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How to Have an Easter Without Candy Several years ago when our family first began our real food journey, we decided to skip giving our kids candy at Easter. We were just a month or so into our new way...
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What Happens to Your Body in the First Week After Giving Birth Written by Kandice Kelso I told myself after the birth of our first son, “I will always remember these moments and cherish these first few weeks forever.” My...
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How to Practice Attachment Parenting with Multiple Children Let me be the first to admit: Attachment parenting multiple children gets a little tricky sometimes. When my oldest was born and I discovered attachment parenting I gave it my all. I...
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How to Handle Embarrassing Breastfeeding Situations Let’s face it – nothing about breastfeeding is easy. Whether it’s struggling with the discomfort of breastfeeding, helping your baby find a latch you can both live with, dealing with public perception, or finding...
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Attachment Parenting Results After 18 Years Have you ever wondered about attachment parenting results past the first few years of life? I know I wondered about this when I was a new mom. My oldest son will be 18 this...
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5 Ways to Restart a Bad Day as a Mom 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...
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Attachment Parenting is Hard & 10 Other Things I Wish I’d Known About Attachment Parenting First the bad news: Attachment Parenting is hard when you don’t have an example to follow. Now the good news: My generation of moms made attachment...
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You Don’t Have to Play With Your Children Let’s be honest, mamas. Do you truly like 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...
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Ten Controversial Parenting Decisions I Don’t Regret 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...
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Why is Everything a Struggle with Kids? How to Make Life With Kids Easier...
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Is Gentle Discipline Always Gentle? 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,...
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Can Moms Get Compassion Fatigue?...
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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...
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Is Attachment Parenting Permissive Parenting? 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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