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  1. Baby
    There are many different theories about what the hardest part of motherhood is. Sleepless nights, temper tantrums that won't quit and more sleepless nights sometimes make you wonder if they'll ever outgrow the 'hard'. The thing is, no one really tells you that the really hardest part of...
  2. 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...
  3. Toddler & Child
    Practicing yoga with your children is not only pure joy but extremely beneficial for yogis of all ages. Here's why we think you should be practicing yoga with kids. Katie Page, owner of the children's yoga studio, Wren's Nest, believes practicing yoga with your children strengthens family bonds...
  4. Baby
    Massage is wonderful to add to daily routines with your baby as this loving touch may have many benefits for you both. At a recent Earthskills Gathering, I attended an infant massage class led by Michele Gee LMBT, CD (DONA) licensed massage bodywork therapist and doula. We learned the benefits...
  5. Baby
    If you have a new baby arriving in the winter time, or just love the idea of a wintery-themed named, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in the frosty outside. The winter solstice has passed and, in most places, chilly winter weather is now in full swing. And though it lacks the peppy...
  6. Family Life
    Over 20 years ago, when I was a new parent with my baby in my arms, I looked across the street into the dining room window of my neighbor's house. Every evening, there was a candle lit, and I could see the adults at the table with their two teenagers. I saw that this family took the time to set...
  7. Baby
    The first time I sat down with my oncologist, he gave me bad news: The cancer was very rare. It was highly aggressive. My only chance of survival was a year long clinical trial of experimental chemotherapy, and weeks of radiation. I was prepared for this news, but not what followed: There...
  8. Baby
    I recently moved from the Oregon Coast to Austin Texas in pursuit of my dream job as a writer/editor for a Home Design and Decor website. Due to the logistics of moving across the country, packing up a house, finding a new home and starting a new job, I had to move down to Austin without my two...
  9. Baby
    Fifteen years ago I became a mother for the first time, and my breastfeeding journey began. Through the birth of five children, and with a few little breaks between babies, I have now actually breastfed for twelve years. And now this journey seems to be at its end. I have breastfed in trains...
  10. Baby
    an email response a bill to pay a friend awaiting a call the blinking of messages and alerts all mixed into a swarm of more obligations a pile of laundry to transfer into rooms another bundle to dry dishes to unload then load again a counter to wipe, spilled drinks, crumbles of meals bed linens...
  11. Baby
    By Rachel Pieh Jones for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers A young American mom in Djibouti said her husband recently asked what she wanted and she looked at him, all crazy. "What do I want? I don't know what I want. I only know what the baby wants. Do I have wants? Do I get to...
  12. Green Goods
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  13. Family Life
      So I was thinking about the triple jump the other morning, awakened extra early by my 21-month-old (again) after a not-very-restful night (again). I realized, with a bit of a shock, that I was feeling pretty blasé about the sleep deprivation, about starting another day of tending to my two...
  14. Family Life
    Use classic children's songs to share yoga with your infant, toddler, or preschooler...and get your asana on as well!   As a Postpartum Mommy/Baby and Family Yoga teacher, I have the privilege of witnessing parents restore their energy and calm their nervous system while interacting with their...
  15. Green Goods
    Should I decide what's best or let him make his own choice?         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...
  16. Family Life
      The real work of parenting.   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...
  17. Green Goods
    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...
  18. Family Life
        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...
  19. Family Life
        Summer is here and many of us are thinking about how we can keep our kids safe in the sun.   The first line of defense for most parents is to grab the sunscreen and make sure the kids are properly covered. But who wants to slather on a cream that contains potentially dangerous...
  20. Family Life
          It often seems as if I have spent my entire life in search of a specific moment. A moment when all of my goals are met, all of my tasks are completed, all of my obligations are met, and I can sit back and rest in perfect peace knowing that I am, indeed, good enough.This...
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