Posts tagged with: Parenting

15 Awesome Art Gifts for Kids As our family’s “birthday season” approaches, I’ve begun to look for some great art gifts for kids to give my boys this year. My family is pretty well rounded when it comes to extracurricular...
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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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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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Does Common Core Math Work? Does common core math work? Yes and no. We’ll talk more about that in a minute. If you’re here for the new math help for parents, scroll to the bottom of this article for those...
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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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Yes! You CAN Work Full Time and Homeschool Your Children Maybe you’re here  because you work full time but you’re interested in homeschooling. Maybe you already homeschool but you need to work outside of the home. No matter your situation...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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