Our motherhood experience is a series of adventures we choose. We are the authors. We are the writers of the story. In difficult times, do you laugh or cry, sing or spank? In easy times do you praise yourself or call it luck? It's
Here’s the scene: There’s a baby. She’s crying. Hard. She’s in a stroller facing outward and her mother is pushing her. She is crying so hard her nose is running, her cheeks are flushed and tears are streaming from her eyes. She looks sick.
By Kelly Bartlett, CPDE, API Leader, Portland, Oregon Thank you to Attachment Parenting International for contributing this article. Visit their site for more helpful information and resources. In parenting, time-outs have an important and effective role. A time-out is a chance for children and
This blog has been passed around numerous times on social media, and I understand why. People are disconnected. Folks are glued to their technology. The other day I saw a young boy on a swing. He was simultaneously using his iPhone, possibly updating his whereabouts:
My baby, my fourteen months old, is walking. She’s doing that little drunken sailor walk where she is able to somehow get from one end of the room to the other without actually bending her knees. How toddlers do this is beyond me.
Are you a holistic parent? Maybe you’ve been called crunchy or a granola mom. Maybe your extended family rolls their eyes when you pull out the gluten free, organic snacks. You roll your eyes when they give your child plastic toys from China. Maybe
If I’ve been a bit incommunicado lately it’s because I was busy reaping some delicious fruits of parenting for peace: enjoying my adult children! Raucous midnight rounds of “Wise & Otherwise,” updates on their interesting lives, great food & rich conversation around the dinner
Have you seen this picture in this blog post? In short, it is a picture of a father wearing his 6 month old daughter in a carrier while fixing his older daughter’s hair. I just came across it today for the first time. It immediately
There is a common phenomena among the crunchy in our midst. It is the self labeling of parenting practices. You’ve seen it, haven’t you? “I’m a cloth diapering, gentle parenting, long-term breastfeeding, baby-wearing, home-birthing natural mama!” It’s the tag line/self description on many
Being a mom is tough work. I don’t care who you are — rich or poor, married or single, first time or experienced, mothering is hard work. This evening I made a new meal for my family. It was a spaghetti squash casserole filled