Three Natural, Easy Mosquito Repellents

by Nicholeon July 03,2014 in Health and WellnessJust For FunParenthood

For many of us, it’s summer time again- the time of year for running through the sprinkler and chasing down the ice cream truck as it sings and lumbers down the street. Unfortunately, it also means the reappearance of the universally despised mosquito. Even the Dalai Lama is rumored to smack a biting mozzie. They […]

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The Trifecta of Easier Mothering: 3 Basics Every New Mom Should Know

by Heatheron June 17,2014 in Baby_WearingChild DevelopmentCo-SleepingFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

I’m sometimes blown away by the sheer volume of products and practices marketed to new and expectant mothers. I’m sort of the eye-rolling type, so I get a little cross when I see lists to the effect of “THE Top 100 Lifesaving Inventions Every New Mom Needs to Not Go Crazy and Take Us All […]

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Three Keys to Staying Present with Your Child

by Heatheron May 22,2014 in Family JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy Success StoriesNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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We all want to be more available, less distracted, more tuned in to our children. We know it helps them and it helps us. Being present is really at the heart of choosing parenting methods that are considered more “conscious”, more “AP”, but many of us notice that we can’t just apply attachment parenting methods […]

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Building a Community With Babywearing

by Lin Snowon February 26,2014 in Baby CarrierBaby_WearingFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy Success StoriesNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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It’s not unusual to find me swaying slowly in the grocery store while browsing different brands of crackers. Or bouncing slightly through the produce aisle. Or humming softly. Sometimes I just say “shhhhh” and rock my body back and forth. I know you do this too, so you’re probably used to the confused glances and […]

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Sleep: Can’t Live Without It… But Sometimes You Have To

by Jillon February 06,2014 in Child DevelopmentCo-SleepingNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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    Oh, sleep. The always sought after prize of adulthood. Somewhere along the line we stop trying to avoid sleep and realize it’s pretty much the best thing ever. For parents, there just never seems to be enough. Sleep is almost even optional… not in the sense that we get to choose whether we […]

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Motherhood As a World View, Sort Of

by Heatheron October 28,2013 in Family JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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There are a few things I’ve had on my mind lately: How to free up space for quality “mama alone time“, when my family and I might be ready for a second child, and how being a mother can blossom into a more loving world view. That and how to do less laundry, spend less […]

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Unschooling Basics: Understanding What Unschooling Really Is

by Jillon September 20,2013 in Family JourneyLearningNatural Parenting Style

    “Before I talk about what I think unschooling is, I must talk about what it isn’t. Unschooling isn’t a recipe, and therefore it can’t be explained in recipe terms. It is impossible to give unschooling directions for people to follow so that it can be tried for a week or so to see […]

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Are We Helping Our Kids To Be Happy? Reconsidering the Criteria for Joy

by Heatheron September 10,2013 in Family JourneyGrowthHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Last year at my mother-in-law’s birthday, someone asked her what her birthday wish was. “For all my children to be happy,” she said resolutely. I hear the same sentiment echoed in my own mother’s words regularly. Now that I am a mother, I understand this clear and present wish. I, too, want above all else […]

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How Focusing On the Positive Shifted Our Experience of Discipline

by Rachel Thomason September 04,2013 in DisciplineFamily JourneyGrowthLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Over the years of raising six children, my spouse and I have learned a very important aspect of caring for them: positive reinforcement works much better than disciplinary actions. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our fair share of having to lay down the law when situations called for such. However, we noticed a profound […]

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In Her Own Time: Musing on Walking and Other Developmental Milestones

by Heatheron August 22,2013 in Family JourneyGrowthHealth and WellnessLearningNatural Parenting Style

It was a simple, easy morning. We woke up a little extra chipper, worked our way up to and through a decently yummy oatmeal breakfast. She crawled and knee-walked around, particularly fascinated with two plastic balls – one yellow, one blue. She’s been dropping and pseudo-throwing things lately (mostly balls and stones) and just watching […]

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