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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Why Mommy Wars and What I Do To Stay Out of Them (Best I Can)

by Jillon August 20,2013 in Family JourneyMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

When I first thought about the topic of mommy wars, I pictured current social media: critical Facebook posts and parents tearing each other apart in the comments of a blog. This is what I’ve seen and experienced. I keep wondering though, why its happening. Are parents so insecure in their parenting choices that they are […]

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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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That First Year’s a Doozie: Tips to Thriving In New Mamaland

by Heatheron August 14,2013 in Baby_WearingFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

We recently celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. Approaching the big anniversary of her turn around the sun, I was sort of all a twitter. I prepped and prepped and prepped for a big party, mobilized family and other helpers, planned my daughter’s outfit (forgetting mine), and searched recipe upon recipe to find the perfect “healthier” […]

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3rd, er… 4th time’s the charm? Home Schooling, A Day In the Life

by Dreaon August 07,2013 in Family JourneyLearning

This year marks year 4 of us home schooling. Something I firmly believed would not last more than a year… and something I feel has had many ups and downs…. is way easier said than done and is something you really have to devote to do… We have had a few dabbles here and there […]

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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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My (Un)Glamorous Expat Beach Mama Routine (A Day In the Life)

by Heatheron July 23,2013 in BreastfeedingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

I’ve talked here before about how I left the states to travel, fell in love on my first major stop (Chile), stayed, had a baby and am now living the expat mama life on a beach where I fell in love. It’s been a few months, and inspired by Jill’s Day In the Life post, I thought […]

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Unschooling: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome (A Day in the Life)

by Jillon July 16,2013 in Co-SleepingFamily JourneyLearningNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

  I decided I wanted to write a day in the life post because I love unschooling. We do *so* much, have amazing experiences, and witness everyday life kind of awesomeness that wouldn’t be seen sitting at a desk. *And* we do it when we decide we’re ready *and* we stop when we’re done! Doesn’t […]

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