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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Please, Thank you and What Really Matters

by Nicholeon April 15,2014 in Child DevelopmentDisciplineGrowthParenthood

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  You know the drill. A well-intended adult dangling a desired object just out of your child’s grasp, and with a flash of a smile and saccharin-sweet voice, “Now what’s the magic word?”  If the magic is word is offered up quickly,  situations like these are relatively painless, but they also leave the impression of […]

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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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This “Hackschooler” Will Make You Think Differently About Education

by Jillon December 18,2013 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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    Thirteen year old Logan LaPlante doesn’t go to school. Technically, he homeschools but he and his family go about it in a different way than most homeschooling families. He calls his self-developed education “hackschooling” and many other families are doing the same thing. In this Tedx video, Logan demonstrates how schools today are […]

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Why All This Parenting Style Stuff Matters Even When It Feels Like It Shouldn’t

by Heatheron July 25,2013 in BirthChild DevelopmentFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Today, I saw an intense image pop up in my Facebook stream, shared by a page dedicated to supporting mothers with breastfeeding challenges. It showed an emaciated mother with very little breast tissue (mostly skin) breastfeeding a similarly thin child. Naturally, many of the comments the post illicited expressed guilt about fretting over low breast […]

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Homeschooling: A Natural Progression from Attachment Parenting

by Jillon March 28,2013 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyNatural Parenting Style

  Many parents start out practicing attachment parenting (AP) without really thinking about where it will lead them and without thinking about what parenting style they will use  as babies grow older. When reading up on AP you may notice that the information is mostly based on babies and toddlers. It makes sense since with […]

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The Impact of a Mother’s Love on Brain Size and Development

by Nicholeon March 12,2013 in Child DevelopmentHealth and WellnessLearningResearch

Lending a voice of science and research, to what mother’s already know well, is how maternal love and support impacts and effects of a child’s brain size and growth. With the size and growth of the brain’s structures relating directly to a child’s (and the adult they will become) potential for learning, as well as […]

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Book Review: The Other Baby Book, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year

by Nicholeon January 08,2013 in Baby_WearingBehind the ScenesBirthBreastfeedingChild DevelopmentHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthoodResearch

Ready to get your cradle rocked? The Other Baby Books, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year, greets readers with this inviting question, before jumping into a wide range of family-centered topics that are delivered by the wonderfully likable voices of writers, Megan Massaro and Miriam Katz. The Other Baby Book creates a community of […]

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How to Use Your Public Library to Help Grow Your Child’s Love For Books

by Nicholeon October 04,2012 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyGrowthLearningParenthoodUncategorized

There are his words, and his dance moves that are so perfectly in cue with the beat, there is his love of running as quickly as he can, and jumping in place while hooting with glee. He is enjoying his body and all the ways he can move and express himself with it all. As […]

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What the Fetal Position Does for Your Baby

by Elizabethon April 10,2012 in Child DevelopmentGrowthHealth and Wellness

Many of us curl up into a ball when we may be at our wit’s end; there is something soothing and comforting to it.  Countless artists have sculpted and painted adults in the self-soothing fetal position. It’s no secret that babies love it too. When you carry your baby with his knees flexed against your […]

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