How Simplicity and Frugality Helps Our Kids

by Heatheron March 05,2012 in Child DevelopmentFamily JourneyMommy BloggersNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

A recent article at Mothering.com by Laura Grace Weldon talks us through a very compelling five reasons why forgoing expensive life and child-raising bells and whistles is good for our families, namely their littlest members. Her article Five Ways Frugal Living Benefits Kids asserts among other things that living “with less” simply makes us and […]

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Zen and the Art of Staying Out of Online Mommy Wars

by Heatheron March 01,2012 in Family JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy CareParenthood

As a new mom-to-be, I’m fortunate to still live in a little bit of a bubble, sheltered from most of the so-called “mommy wars” just yet. I’m also an expat living most my year abroad, so I’m sort of bubbled to the 2nd power. Though I spend a good bit of time online for work […]

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What is a Blessingway Birth Ritual Celebration?

by Jillon February 26,2012 in BirthFamily JourneyMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Not sure what a Blessingway is? Imagine being in your final weeks of pregnancy surrounded by the women you love – fellow moms, sisters, friends (I decided to have my two daughters attend mine). They are gathered to celebrate you and encourage you on your journey to motherhood. As opposed to a shower where the […]

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How Babywearing Older Children Makes Life Easier & Sweeter

by Bunmion February 22,2012 in Baby CarrierBaby_WearingChild DevelopmentNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

People usually explore babywearing (using a baby wrap or baby carrier) for the first time when their babies are itty bitty newborns. Being able to keep your new baby close and bond during those first few months of life is priceless. I’m not sure what I would have done without babywearing in the early days. Once […]

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Need a Positive Birthing Boost? Sing Out!

by Bunmion February 17,2012 in BirthFamily JourneyMoms Who InspireNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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One of my favorite YouTube homebirth videos features a laboring woman singing. You can see on her face when she’s having contractions and it’s beautifully clear that her song is helping her work through the tension. I find this video wonderfully calming. It’s an affirmation in itself. The birth process can be full of faith, […]

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10 Positive Affirmations for Homebirth and Unassisted Birth

by Bunmion February 12,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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Making the decision to have your baby at home isn’t as radical as it was 15 years ago but there will still be a few people who cock their heads and look at you like you’ve lost your mind. If you’ve ever seen a birth reenactment or portray on television, it’s not hard to understand […]

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Pregnancy and the Nutrition of Our Experiences

by Nicholeon February 07,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessMommy CareParenthood

When we are pregnant, it is easy to think of feeding our bodies a diet rich in clean, healthy foods. We try to avoid processed foods for the most part, instead choosing whole foods to keep our own bodies strong and healthy, and to keep our absorption and digestion functioning well. The quality of water, […]

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Top Five Gentle Parenting Baby Shower Wish List

by Heatheron February 05,2012 in BirthFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

At sixteen weeks pregnant to date, I’m feeling my baby move a bit and getting a little more horizontal in the belly region. We’ve interviewed a great doula, are considering midwife-assisted vs. unassisted birth, and starting to talk about the stuff we might need before the baby arrives. In pondering baby shower registries and requests […]

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How To Explain Co-Sleeping to Family and Friends (and Keep the Peace)

by Heatheron January 29,2012 in Co-SleepingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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  As my partner and I prepare for the arrival of our first child (due in July), it’s becoming more and more apparent that our preparation requires a little preparation of others, namely my partner’s Chilean family. While there are a few very small pockets of families who practice a natural parenting style (i.e. attachment […]

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Five Fun Responses to Critical Parenting Questions

by Bunmion December 22,2011 in Baby_WearingBreastfeedingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Every parent knows that always-someone out there: friend, relative, even the passing stranger, who feels as if they need to critique the choices you’ve made for your family. Instead of getting angry or defensive, I’ve created a few snappy responses! Use at your own risk Breastfeeding: “When do you plan on stopping nursing?” Response: “Not […]

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