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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The Impact of a Mother’s Love on Brain Size and Development

by Nicholeon March 12,2013 in Child DevelopmentHealth and WellnessLearningResearch

Lending a voice of science and research, to what mother’s already know well, is how maternal love and support impacts and effects of a child’s brain size and growth. With the size and growth of the brain’s structures relating directly to a child’s (and the adult they will become) potential for learning, as well as […]

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Your Baby’s Breastfeeding Cues

by Nicholeon February 13,2013 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessLearning

This terrific new graphic developed and published by the Women’s and Newborn Services of the  Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is offering new mothers and other caregivers a means to identify and meet a baby’s hunger cues. First and foremost a friendly promoter of breastfeeding and nursing, these RBWH tips can be used for breast- or bottle-fed […]

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Research: Breast Milk Contains More Than 700 Species of Beneficial Bacteria

by Nicholeon February 07,2013 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessResearch

More research dollars than ever are being put toward the discovery and a better understanding of what is already well known and promoted worldwide, that Breast is Best. And that breastfed babies are healthier and more robust babies who then grow toward being healthier and more robust adults. To understand why, researchers are looking to bacteria […]

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Book Review: The Other Baby Book, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year

by Nicholeon January 08,2013 in Baby_WearingBehind the ScenesBirthBreastfeedingChild DevelopmentHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthoodResearch

Ready to get your cradle rocked? The Other Baby Books, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year, greets readers with this inviting question, before jumping into a wide range of family-centered topics that are delivered by the wonderfully likable voices of writers, Megan Massaro and Miriam Katz. The Other Baby Book creates a community of […]

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