Breastfeeding on Demand: a Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Nicholeon January 06,2014 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessHow-To TipsMommy Care

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I discovered the work of Gwen Dewar, Ph.D when ParentingScience.com covered her 2008 work on breastfeeding on demand, also known as “baby-led” and “on-cue” feeding. The basis of this practice is that baby, with the means they have developmentally at their disposal, initiates feedings with their mother. Feeding sessions begin with baby’s request and finishes when […]

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Celebrating Gratitude, Giving Thanks As a Family

by Heatheron November 18,2013 in Family JourneyHealth and WellnessHolidaysParenthood

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Each autumn in the U.S. and Canada (October), we commemorate the celebration of harvest and peace between European settlers to the continent and local native inhabitants (check out this simple history of Thanksgiving from Kids National Geographic). We commemorate the pilgrims’ gratitude with our own gratitude for all we receive throughout the year, and with […]

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Touching, Unguarded Portraits of Sleeping Parents-to-Be

by Nicholeon November 12,2013 in Health and WellnessJust For FunParenthood

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I first came across Jana Romaova and her work in September, when Jordan G. Teicher did a feature for Slate.com on her totally captivating photographic series, Waiting, in which Romanova photographs 40 couples during their pregnancies. One photo of 40 different couples, one for each of the 40 weeks of what is considered a full-term […]

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Motherhood As a World View, Sort Of

by Heatheron October 28,2013 in Family JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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There are a few things I’ve had on my mind lately: How to free up space for quality “mama alone time“, when my family and I might be ready for a second child, and how being a mother can blossom into a more loving world view. That and how to do less laundry, spend less […]

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How To Get More Mama Solo Time and Why It Really Does Matter

by Heatheron October 22,2013 in Baby_WearingFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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On my recent trip to the U.S. from where I live in Chile, I traveled with my 14 month old daughter and my partner was unable to come with us. We visited family and friends in two states, enjoyed eight different planes and six different airports. Though I was certainly not alone too much, being […]

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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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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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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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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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Healing After an Unplanned Cesarean Birth

by Nicholeon March 24,2013 in BirthHealth and WellnessMommy BloggersMommy Care

We all make plans for our births. Whether we explore the many options that we have available to us by researching, discussing and preparing for our ideal birth, or if we choose (yes, it is still a choice) for a more “procedural birth” going ahead with your particular hospital’s standards or those of your attending […]

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