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The Transitions of Childhood

My younger son is going through a transition. He’ll be turning four in about seven weeks, and he’s showing all of the tell-tale signs of leaving one stage and shifting into a new stage: reactive, out of control, eating habits shifting and sleep schedule changing. He’s yelling at his big brother for crowding his space, yelling at his dad when he asks if he wants help, and yelling at me when I ask him what he would like to eat for lunch. Five minutes after these outbursts, he’ll be as sweet as pie and telling jokes like the life of the party. If we parented according to... read more

Sitting With My Child's Anger

               How mindfulness can help children and parents deal with their anger.   My son sat at the table, body noticeably calmer than it had just been, but eyes still darting from my husband's face to mine. Recently emerging from his room, he was coming down off of the rage that had gripped him once again. The anger that had led him to scream in our faces, kick the chair, and run away to his quiet place. What prompted it? I could tell you a hundred different scenarios and they would all be true at one time or another. But, in his words, my seven-year-old said,... read more

One Mistake Even Holistic Parents Make

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 your discipline style is different from the styles of your friends and family. Do you find that people judge you harshly for your parenting choices? Do you judge other people harshly for theirs? I'm tired of the judgment that I see between different kinds of parents. If we want to be truly holistic, I think we need to... read more

Transitional Mom: Becoming a Mother of Two

By Sarah Scott   When my son was born five months ago, I expected to be a seasoned, confident mother. I had been mothering his sister for four years, after all, so I thought I had this parenting thing down. And, in some ways, I did feel more sure of myself. I skipped over many of the blunders and anxieties that I experienced as a first time mom. But, in one very important way, I was a new parent. I was learning to be a mother of two.                      In the first weeks, this learning curve was steep and intense. On the good days, I felt like I was clawing my... read more

Will YOU Like Your Adult Child?

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 table -- holidays to savor!                                   A few days after we had that gorgeous portrait snapped in the forest wilderness where I live, my son Ian posted to Facebook a photo of him and his sister in matching yellow raincoats from oh, about 18 years earlier.   It reminded... read more

Bonding through Books

6 Realizations that Surprise me a Year after the Death of my Daughter

  By Suzanne Leigh   ·        1. That I think the Victorians might have had the right idea. Dressing in black mourning clothes, shunning celebrations and receiving visitors who came to pay homage to the deceased child was what was expected of bereaved mothers in the 19th century. At one time I’d have viewed these antiquated mores as rigid, inappropriate and punitive. After losing my daughter, they sound like a healthy way of being true to one’s grief and sharing it with the community in a somber manner congruent with our sadness. Author Jana Riess describes mourning... read more

The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties, Guest Post by Larry Cohen

  I am thrilled today to be hosting a guest post from one of my heros, Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting. Today's article is adapted from his new book, The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears. Enjoy!   I needed an idea for my eighth-grade science experiment. My mother was the director of a nursery school, and every spring the children hatched chickens as a project. I cared for the eggs and the baby chicks on nights and weekends. My sister Jeanie was studying to be a psychologist at the time (I guess... read more

My New Year's Resolution for 2014? Taking Care of MYSELF

  It's pretty common for moms to get so caught up in taking care of everyone else that their own basic needs get shoved aside.  All too often, if a to-do list item doesn't involve someone else, then it's reassigned to the endless list of things that will probably never get attention, along side the far less pressing projects like cleaning out the closet.  Particularly during the holidays, there is a tendency for us to be so overwhelmed with the tasks at hand that we find it difficult to fit in even simple, routine necessities for ourselves.   As I sit here... read more

Fathering in America

  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 caught my heart because I love viewing babywearing pictures as much as others like viewing pictures of beautiful sunsets or gorgeous scenery.   The headline stated that it was “controversial” and stirred emotion in many people.  That seemed kind of weird to me because, after all, it’s just someone brushing a kid’s hair.  I do it... read more

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