Please, Thank you and What Really Matters

by Nicholeon April 15,2014 in Child DevelopmentDisciplineGrowthParenthood

  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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Is There a Right Time For Baby no. 2?

by Heatheron February 05,2014 in BirthFamily JourneyGrowthHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

child spacing, sibling

As my daughter heads towards 19 months, my fertility in full swing, my age continuing to rise, I am thinking a lot about when to have our next child. In all honesty, I also feel a little spirit knocking on the door a bit, so am thoughtfully weighing how long I’d like to ask him/her […]

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My Toddler Nap Hacks (Tips and Tricks For More Daytime Baby Sleep)

by Heatheron January 14,2014 in Baby_WearingBreastfeedingCo-SleepingGrowthHow-To TipsNatural Parenting Style

sleeping toddler, Boba nap tricks

  As I write this, my 18 month old daughter is taking a nice, long nap! Nap time is when I clean up the house for real and get work a bit of work done. Sometimes, ever-so-rarely, I crochet or read. My daughter has never been a stellar sleeper and in the past she tended […]

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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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A Short Film: Born to Learn

by Nicholeon December 12,2012 in GrowthLearningNatural Parenting StyleResearchTravel

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=falHoOEUFz0&feature=plcp[/youtube] Private Schooling. Montessori. Waldorf. Public Schooling. No-schooling. Home Schooling. Travel Schooling. These are just a few of the many schooling options that families worldwide are exploring and flourishing within. I am typing this post from the road while my family and I are traveling in Gautemala together. Our son will be turning two years […]

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Using Positive Birth Affirmations to Heal Birth

by Nicholeon November 27,2012 in BirthGrowthHealth and WellnessLearningMommy CareParenthood

Affirmations are uncomplicated tools that literally change our thoughts, therefore changing our experience and as a result will change our lives—for the better. They are simple truths that we can reintroduce into our lives, either by repeating them aloud while charging them with prayer or powerful intention, or written with the same energy behind them […]

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Leaves of Change, Family Travel Keepsakes From Nature

by Heatheron November 14,2012 in Family JourneyGrowthJust For FunTravel

Sitting here today, watching the southern hemisphere spring emerge, I started thinking of the leaves changing, flowers budding, things growing just as my young baby is growing before my eyes. I thought of my trip back to Boulder last summer and how I plucked some leaves to steal back with me to a wintery Chile […]

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Home Birth: My Birth Altar

by Nicholeon November 01,2012 in BirthGrowthMommy CareParenthood

  I was raised in a devoutly Catholic family. In all seasons and times of the year, we had altars throughout our home. My mom maintained one wall altar, which centered around a crucifix where our palm branches from Palm Sunday would be braided and hung. There was another wall altar of a print of […]

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