Daily Affirmation: Speak Kindly

by Heatheron July 25,2014 in Health and WellnessMommy CareParenthood

Daily Affirmation: I Will Speak Kindly To Myself

Mostly, I was raised to be nice. I’ll admit I retained a certain amount of my feather-ruffling tendencies, but for the main part I got the message: be liked, be nice, be popular. So, I’ve spent a lot of energy in my life trying to modify my behaviors to be in line with this. Over […]

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Daily Affirmation: I Don’t Have To Justify

by Heatheron July 24,2014 in Family JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Daily Affirmation, Justify

    You know that moment when you get the oh-so-subtle slant eye from someone as you’re caring for your child the way your body and mind leads you? If you’re like me, you sometimes hesitate in their glare or blurt out some reason to quiet them, to deflect criticism. I’m always left with a […]

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You Know You’re A Mom When…

by Jillon May 08,2014 in Family JourneyJust For FunParenthood

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  Just in time for Mother’s Day! You Know You’re A Mom When…. 1. You don’t think it’s weird at all to eat your kids’ food scraps. 2. You’ve lost the social cue that reminds you not to talk about bodily fluids with people who can’t handle it (anyone without kids). 3. You kinda sorta […]

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Counting Down and Counting Our Blessings, New Year Family Traditions In the Making

by Heatheron December 26,2013 in Family JourneyHolidaysJust For FunParenthood

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  I’m still on the gratitude kick (even if I’ve failed miserably at keeping up with my daily 365 Days of Gratitude writing on Facebook). Thinking about New Year’s has me thinking about the year-(almost)gone-by. The Christmas holiday just behind us, I’m also shoulder-deep in a desire to set more traditions in place in general […]

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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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A Path Traveled Better Together (Cooperative Mamahood)

by Heatheron September 12,2013 in Family JourneyMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Freedom Together. It’s not just for mothers in relation to their babies, and vice versa. I think Freedom Together is a way of seeing the world, a way of moving through life that embraces connection and joy. It’s a notion removed from our highly “independent” society where separation seems to equate mobility and success. I […]

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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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Working From Home with Kids (Ain’t Easy!) – A Day In the Life

by Kim Rosason August 15,2013 in BreastfeedingCo-SleepingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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Each day starts about the same… slowly.  I’m not a morning person, and I never wake up “chipper” and ready to take on the world.  My boys will crawl into bed with me and often we can be found in a grumpy pile – my oldest lays his head on my bare stomach (his happy […]

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