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  1. Family Life
    In a world that seems to divide more and more distinctly daily, we wonder what role 'overpraise' has in this phenomenon, and whether there really is even such a thing? We'd like to thank Joanne Blackerby for this guest post a bit back. We believe that there are truths today that are still worth...
  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. Toddler & Child
    My 14-month-old daughter was eating lunch when I slipped away to the bathroom to take a pregnancy test. The next time she saw me I was literally jumping up and down with a huge smile and screaming. She started to smile and scream with me throwing her spoon and its contents in the air. I wonder -...
  5. Baby
    Want to make reading to your kids an easy thing that has few rules but all sorts of benefits? Check out one mama's 3 rules for bedtime reading. Though tons and tons of research suggest the many benefits of reading to your children, there's also research that reveals fewer and fewer parents...
  6. Baby
    There is a reason they say you can't pour from an empty cup. It may be a cliche, but most seasoned mothers will tell you that it's true- and research agrees. Taking care of yourself, aka self-care, is an important consideration for all moms. It is not only good for the mental, emotional, and...
  7. Family Life
        Get ready to eat some humble pie. I learned I like mine with whipped cream. I knew that when I became a parent, I'd definitely do things I always said I never would. That's life, right? But I had no idea what those things I said I'd never do were. Nor did I have any idea of how many things...
  8. Toddler & Child
    Crying, kicking, screaming. The front-lines of the bedtime battle with your toddler can get ugly. Being a toddler is an exciting time in a child's life. There is so much to see and do in their ever-expanding world, and but with the territory comes a greater awareness of what bedtime is. It's...
  9. Other
    It's a familiar battle. An event dreaded by parents and kids alike. It's the moment the TV--or tablet or video game--gets shut off. The inevitable tantrum, outburst or pitiful sulking is coming and we know it. But why do we, as parents, have to dread this moment? After all, screen time is...
  10. Baby
    Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is allowing your baby to take the lead when complimentary foods are introduced, letting her learn to feed herself from the get-go. The term BLW became more popular with the release of the 2010 book, Baby Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods and...
  11. Family Life
    This blueberry smoothie is so incredibly delicious and easy to make. Kids of all ages love anything with bananas and especially something that resembles and tastes exactly like ice cream but is super healthy for you. The color is so vibrant, fresh and aligns perfectly with this months Healthy...
  12. Baby
    Thank you to Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free Range Kids, for this guest post. A Suburban Crime Wave One mother is hauled off to the police station. Another is clapped in handcuffs. The mothers' offenses? They let their kids wait in the car while they ran a quick errand. Yes...
  13. Baby
    By Megan Leary My dear toddler, You were tired. It had been a long morning in the car and then visiting with strangers. You rubbed your eye with one hand and said, "Nurse?" At home I would have scooped you in my arms and cuddled you close while you nursed yourself to sleep. Then, I would lay...
  14. Baby
    Recently, my two-year-old son was separated from my mother-in-law whilst at the shopping mall. It took thirty minutes for him to be found: he was happily wandering around, quite a large distance away from where they first became separated. Apparently he very happily took the hand of the security...
  15. Baby
    Each week we're posting a new excerpt from the Attachment Parenting memoir, Misadvenutres of a Parenting Yogi. Enjoy! Leave a comment and let us know what you think of the book so far. And stay tuned for next week's excerpt! I am a parent. I can prove it. Inside my coat pocket right now are...
  16. Family Life
    By Tricia Mirchandani for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers "Uh… Uh… Uh… Up! Boo! 1…. 2…. 3… G-G-G-Gooooo! Weeee!" This is our slide mantra. I say these words every time he goes uh-uh-up and d-d-down. I chant them on the first round and the...
  17. Baby
    I'm not always the mother I want to be. I become impatient with my son's normal toddler behaviors. I react out of frustration, rather than responding with compassion. I'm sometimes overwhelmed by his big emotions. I can't always be the calm in the eye of his storms, or provide the grounding...
  18. Toddler & Child
    By Kayris, APtly Said, reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International. I have two children, a four-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. They have vastly different personalities, and I've had to tailor my parenting to address those differences. My son is energetic, independent...
  19. Family Life
    Living in a ski town in Vermont, skiing is part of our way of life. We love to ski and both my husband and I grew up skiing with our families. Since my husband works for the ski resort, we get a great employee discount on ski school. My four-year-old loves to ski and has been skiing since he was...
  20. Family Life
    By Kelly Bartlett Thank you to Attachment Parenting International for sharing this article. Find even more helpful content and resources on their website. So often, as parents, we try to prevent our kids from making mistakes. We issue warnings, reach out to help, or just do a job ourselves...
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