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Raising a Non-Vegan in a Vegan Household

Should I decide what's best or let him make his own choice?   By V.K. Harber                  Very often, when people learn that my partner and I are vegan, we are asked the same two questions:  “What do you eat?" and “What do you feed your toddler?”   The answer to the first question is: everything on planet earth that is not animal-derived, which is a lot, though I understand that for people who have been raised in an environment where meat is the centerpiece of most meals, that can be hard to imagine.   The answer to the second question... read more

Bye Bye Bugs: 5 Natural, Safe and Effective Insect Repellents

  Hiking, camping or simply playing in our own backyard can become more misery than fun when we find ourselves swarming with mosquitoes and other insects.   But before you grab the bug dope from your local drugstore you might ask yourself, "What's in this stuff?" In addition to DEET, the well-know toxin that powers many insect repellents, conventional sticks and sprays can be packed full of other harmful chemicals---making them downright poisonous to kids.    Luckily there are a variety of safe, natural and super effective alternatives.   We asked our... read more

My Year with Postpartum Depression

                           There are moments that I remember more than anything.  The chronology isn’t clear.  I don’t have a cohesive story to share.  But I do have these moments.   I remember the moment I called my husband at work and asked him if he could come home for lunch.  He had a meeting that day and could not.  And I remember turning my daughter’s bouncy seat so that she could not see me as I cried so hard that I could not breathe solely because I didn’t have someone to meet me for lunch.  And if I didn’t have a lunch date, that meant that the day... read more

Hellos and Goodbyes

           The real work of parenting.   By V.K. Harber   I recently read a post on the Well blog of the New York Times that was published a few months ago, A Firm Grasp  on Comfort, about transitional objects; the blankies, lovies, babies, and bears that our little ones cling to for comfort.   My son, up to this point, has not had an exclusive transitional object, which I’ve always been a bit curious about and is probably why the article caught my attention in the first place. But it was the very last sentence in the post that really resonated with... read more

Everybody Poops: A Mom's Top 10 Reasons for Squatting and Why You Should Try It

    Sponsored post brought to us by Squatty Potty   Special thanks to guest blogger Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama for contributing this blog post.   Everybody poops. Or at least they should poop. In fact, every living thing should poop on a daily basis.   You might remember your parents reading you the book Everybody Poops when you were young. You quite possibly have read it to your children in an effort to get them a little more comfortable with the idea of pooping in a toilet. I know I did.   Something occurred to me one day as I was reading... read more

Parenting Through Our Weaknesses

                I had an epidural with my first birth.  I hadn’t taken any natural birthing classes, and I was simply unprepared for what was about to happen.  In the end, it worked out well for me.  I was induced early in the evening, and later in the evening, they told me I was three centimeters dilated and to take a nap.  An hour later I woke up to chaos and confusion as the nurses checked my progress and noticed that my daughter was about to be born.  Imminently.   My husband went out to tell my mom the good news; the nurses were rushing around preparing... read more

My Six-Year-Old Isn't Quite Potty Trained!

Because there is no "Operator's Manual" for raising your individual child, sometimes a parent has to do some detective work.     This is a difficult post to write, not only because my first draft had me reliving all of the challenging events that might have delayed potty training for my daughter.  Ultimately, I don't really like to share my daughter's personal information with the world.  In fact, I don't even use her real name when I talk of her anywhere online, whether it is Facebook or my blog.  Still, if there is a chance that my experience will help other... read more

Making Peace With My Body

   by Jill Vettel           My daughter doesn’t love her body.   She doesn’t hate it, either. To her, at five, her body just is. Good for running, for sliding, for jumping on the couch even though she isn’t supposed to, but can’t quite resist.   Her body is for displaying stickers and pretty dresses and sparkling shoes. Her body is just a part of her, but it is not her.   She asks about the shining purpled lines on my skin tracking the curve of my hips, the softness of my belly. That’s where you grew, I say. Those are my stripes. She wonders if... read more

Ouch! How Homeopathy Can Help With Those Pesky Insect Bites

by Amy L. Lansky, PhD   (For more information about homeopathy, please visit www.impossiblecure.com)       Every summer, I spend some time in Muskoka, a region of Ontario north of Toronto known for its mosquitoes. In fact, even worse are the black flies that swarm the area before it is fully warmed up. Usually I miss black fly season, but sometimes it lingers when a summer gets off to a cold, wet start. These buggers are particularly nasty. They actually take a bite out of you (you literally are missing a 1/16 inch patch of skin!) and the resulting... read more

5 Steps for Managing Stress and Anxiety

                  My husband and I joke about what life was like before kids.  Of course, there were stressors and I found things to obsess about. But at the end of the day, I was responsible for myself. Lack of sleep wasn’t a concern. I found time to work-out alone, finish tasks without a million (ok, a gazillion) interruptions and found time for leisure activities and stress-reducing hobbies.   Seven years and 3 babies later, I find myself wearing so many hats some days that it's hard to remember who I am. Wife, mother, entrepreneur, shuttle service,... read more

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