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      Crunchy, granola, hippie, green, normal -- whatever you want to call it -- you just might be a Naturally Minded Mama if... Well, let's take a step back for a second. What exactly does it mean to be a Naturally Minded Mama? Well, most crunchy moms identify as crunchy, granola, hippie, or...
  2. Baby
    "How much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world?" - Jean Piaget I'll admit I haven't yet entered toddler territory, but I do have a fast-growing boy nearing his first birthday. And with that has come an ever-moving, ever-exploring youngster. What joy to see the...
  3. Baby
    Recently I wrote a post about the unexpected ways I've found community through my kids. I shared that for me this was not part of my initial plan, that community had happened but was not something I had sought. That was a bit of an oversimplification, though. One particular response to that...
  4. Baby
    Marianne Williamson said it best when she stated, "There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children." This is not a small undertaking. Many of us who practice Attachment Parenting and gentle discipline do so...
  5. Baby
    Co-sleeping has benefits that we just can't even begin to put into words. Special little nuances that will only be remembered as the feel of our children in our arms as they went to dreamland. But co-sleeping has measurable benefits too, and they're worth sharing. We often hear about the...
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    The decision to circumcise your son is a personal one, and one that's no longer 'the' thing to do just because you have a baby boy. More and more mamas are choosing to keep their sons intact, and more medical professionals have opinions about it as well. What does one pediatric urologist think...
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      Bedsharing is something that many parents have done for hundreds of years, and only truly questioned in the last few decades with the advent of direct campaigns against bed-sharing and cosleeping. There are so many positive benefits to bed-sharing for both parents and children, though, and we...
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    Science has already proven just how important touch is to a baby's development. This study shows that it can even impact their DNA. Science has already proven just how important touch is to a baby's development. But did you know that studies show that it can even impact their DNA.? Touch is...
  9. Baby
    Attachment parenting often gets a bad rap in today's culture, but we believe that education and science work together to show why it's a parenting style that fits children (and families) well. But, we also understand that in that 'bad rap,' a lot of it comes from attachment parenting as a...
  10. Baby
    I got married back in November, after knowing my husband for 7 years. He is my best friend, my soul partner, my rock, my clown, all of those good things. And we often don't sleep together. "Gasp! What?! You don't sleep together?! Doomed for sure…" I can imagine some people thinking...
  11. Baby
    When you bring your little one into the world, the last thing you're probably expecting is for anything to go wrong and require the services of Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU). But, such is quite often the case for many mamas and their babies, and having a baby in NICU is an experience that's...
  12. Family Life
    We all make mistakes, and our children are no exception. In fact, helping our children work through their mistakes and learn from them can give them the best examples of how to be resilient, resourceful and responsible adults. Here's how you can teach your kids to work through a mistake...
  13. Baby
    Newborns sleeping through the night? An anomaly? A normal thing? A sure sign of a good baby? How about a dangerous concept that negates the fact that your little one may need you to wake them up. Yes, you read that right. You may actually need to wake a newborn up in the middle of the night...
  14. Toddler & Child
    I used to worry about the lack of date nights my husband and I had. I don't anymore, and our marriage is stronger than ever. I now realize that, for us, they aren't necessary for a fulfilling marriage, and we are soaking up more time with our little ones because of it. No, we don't do 'date...
  15. Baby
    Beginning even before you find out you're pregnant, parenthood is filled with decisions (which brand of pregnancy test to purchase??). Some simple, some difficult, all important… and although it can be overwhelming, I'm pretty sure there will come a time when our children are making their...
  16. Baby
    For over 25 years the Baby Signs® Program has helped caregivers teach babies to "talk" before they can talk with a variety of books, videos, and songs. If you have ever considered starting baby sign language with your little one, you will want to read this interview with one of the program...
  17. Baby
    A few years ago, when my now 7-year-old was a toddler, I was interviewed for a local magazine about Attachment Parenting [AP]. I described the basic principles of AP, explained how it helped me when I was a single parent, and discussed the science behind Attachment Theory. I thought I had...
  18. Baby
    Thank you to Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, Attachment Parenting International co-founders, for this guest post. "Couples who are having difficulties in their relationship will find parenting to be an added stressor, not necessarily the blessing that solves all their problems." ~ Attached...
  19. Baby
    Guest Parts By Zoe Claire, The Attached Family, reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International. Children are in our care for a limited amount of time, generally spanning two decades. During that time, their needs change drastically yet gradually from year to year. I've always...
  20. Judy Arnall
    The print book is out. This book features tips and tricks but no theory or opinions. It is just help for you to manage everyday challenges parenting toddlers to teens. All proceeds support Attachment Parenting non-profit organizations. Thank you!
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