Do-It-Yourself: Common Household Cleaning Products

by Bunmion November 25,2011 in Family JourneyHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting Style

photo from Curbly.com When people started to get more savvy to the harmful chemicals in their everyday cleaning items, the natural solution was to search out brands that were eco-friendly. Now greenies are taking it to another level by creating their own surface cleaners, laundry detergents, and dishwasher detergents! I like to get my kids […]

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The Importance of Child Play Time

by Jillon November 22,2011 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyNatural Parenting Style

    The word “play” sounds like all fun and games, and of course it is in part, but scientific research also shows how important play and free time really is for all people. Children in particular with their growing bodies and minds benefit greatly from being allowed unstructured time to sort through the ins […]

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DFW Cloth Diaper Project

by Lorion November 22,2011 in Family JourneyMoms Who InspireNatural Parenting Style

I belong to a local cloth diaper group called the DFW Cloth Diaper Group. It is Facebook-based and in addition to our very active Facebook page, we also have meetings twice a month. It was founded by Brenda Barnhart a little over a year ago and we have grown to over 875 members in that […]

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Best of the Web: Mom Tries to “Get it (Labor) Started” With Funky Dance

by Bunmion November 20,2011 in BirthJust For FunMoms Who InspireParenthood

Both of my children were “overdue” – my first by 10 days, while my second waited 9 extra days to greet me face to face. I no longer believe in due dates and think that babies come when they’re ready. I’m not a big fan of the scare tactics that are used to pressure women […]

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Best of the Web: SparkleStories.com

by Bunmion November 15,2011 in Family JourneyJust For FunLearning

I’m always on the hunt for the next website that will change my life. Pinterest changed how I search for DIY projects, crafts, and recipes. Etsy changed how I shop for gifts. I wasn’t looking for a website with online audio stories but I’m pretty sure SparkleStories.com is going to change my family’s bedtime routine […]

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Weapons, and Violence, and Kids, Oh My!

by Jillon November 08,2011 in Child DevelopmentDisciplineFamily JourneyGrowth

    Weapons, violence, and kids are touchy subjects these days and it’s understandable that in our world today people are concerned about kids being violent and growing up to be violent adults. The media tells us that crime levels and violence continue to rise and toy weapons and television get a lot of blame, […]

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Five Tips for Keeping the Holidays Simply Joyful

by Bunmion November 02,2011 in Family JourneyHolidays

It doesn’t take long after the Halloween decorations go into the compost heap for stores to start rolling out their holiday campaigns. All of a sudden, Christmas music can be heard everywhere. Thanksgiving plans start being set in stone. I for one, love the winter holidays. There’s a spirit of love in the air and […]

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Recess from Seatwork, Natural Learning in Mathematics

by Heatheron October 30,2011 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyGrowthLearning

One of the things that fuels my passion for unschooling and my desire to spread the word about this option (what to some is an unheard-of idea), are the memories seared into my brain of children I love struggling with numbers on paper. It can be downright painful sometimes. No one likes to see a […]

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How To Teach Your Child a Second Language You Don’t Know

by Bunmion October 27,2011 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyLearningTravel

When I first moved to Montréal two years ago I had experience with French; I studied it in college, my dad speaks it as do many of my friends. But being thrown into a society where the first language is not your own is a whole different story. Something as simple as getting a driver’s license […]

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Co-sleeping: Sleeping Like a Baby with Your Baby

by Jillon October 25,2011 in BreastfeedingChild DevelopmentFamily JourneyNatural Parenting Style

    I’m laying here in bed with a six-year-old snoring in my ear on one side, a six-month-old nursing on the other side and the other six-year-old next to the baby. My husband is sleeping on the next bed down and the nine-year-old is watching a show at the end of the bed while […]

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