Daily Affirmation: Speak Kindly

by Heatheron July 25,2014 in Health and WellnessMommy CareParenthood

Daily Affirmation: I Will Speak Kindly To Myself

Mostly, I was raised to be nice. I’ll admit I retained a certain amount of my feather-ruffling tendencies, but for the main part I got the message: be liked, be nice, be popular. So, I’ve spent a lot of energy in my life trying to modify my behaviors to be in line with this. Over […]

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The Trifecta of Easier Mothering: 3 Basics Every New Mom Should Know

by Heatheron June 17,2014 in Baby_WearingChild DevelopmentCo-SleepingFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

I’m sometimes blown away by the sheer volume of products and practices marketed to new and expectant mothers. I’m sort of the eye-rolling type, so I get a little cross when I see lists to the effect of “THE Top 100 Lifesaving Inventions Every New Mom Needs to Not Go Crazy and Take Us All […]

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Five Ways To Build Your Confidence As a New Mom

by Heatheron April 02,2014 in Family JourneyMommy CareParenthood

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Do you want to get emotionally pushed around at every slant eye in-law stranger online meanie comment that gets thrown your way the first year? Of course you don’t! Want to be a strong, confident, believe-in-yourself mom who puts happy before perfect-in-eveyone-else’s eyes? Why, yes ma’am, I believe you do. I did, too. I just didn’t […]

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What a Mother Needs Most During Birth May Surprise You

by Heatheron January 24,2014 in BirthMommy CareNatural Parenting Style

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  Important preface: This article is written to bring more thoughtful dialogue to the issue of birth assistance for healthy pregnant mothers and their healthy birthing babies. It does not serve to slight any mother for any choice, nor does it presume in the light of some pre-determined health risks, that every birth can be […]

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Embracing Our Post-Birth Forms, The Fourth Trimester Bodies Project

by Nicholeon January 16,2014 in Health and WellnessJust For FunMommy CareMoms Who InspireParenthood

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Postpartum weight. Stretch marks. Scars. Changes in breast size and shape. Differences in sex drive and sexual pleasure. These are just a few of the body-mind-heart centered issues on the plates of new (and not-so-new) mothers. For many, not much of what comes after pregnancy is deeply explored or educated upon. First things first, the […]

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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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Maybe (Probably) You’re Better Than You Think, Mom

by Heatheron November 14,2013 in Mommy CareNatural Parenting Style

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What if all the things you think you do wrong every day – you know the things you feel all that mama guilt about – simply fell away in a moment of sheer appreciation for all your incredibleness? Well, that’s pretty much what happened for these moms and the effect was transformative (for them, and […]

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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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A Path Traveled Better Together (Cooperative Mamahood)

by Heatheron September 12,2013 in Family JourneyMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Freedom Together. It’s not just for mothers in relation to their babies, and vice versa. I think Freedom Together is a way of seeing the world, a way of moving through life that embraces connection and joy. It’s a notion removed from our highly “independent” society where separation seems to equate mobility and success. I […]

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