Posts filed under: Parenting

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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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....
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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 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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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...
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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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