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  1. Baby
    Care Bears and snow cones. Smurfs and Super Mario Brothers. Barbie and laser tag. Crimped hair. Debbie Gibson. Otter Pops. Yes, I was a child of the eighties. For better or for worse, I grew up on fish sticks and tater tots, canned green beans and 29-cent McDonalds burgers. I read the Ramona...
  2. Baby
    Here's the scene: There's a baby. She's crying. Hard. She's in a stroller facing outward and her mother is pushing her. She is crying so hard her nose is running, her cheeks are flushed and tears are streaming from her eyes. She looks sick. Sad. Anything but consoled. And her mother, still...
  3. Family Life
    By Kelly Bartlett, CPDE, API Leader, Portland, Oregon Thank you to Attachment Parenting International for contributing this article. Visit their site for more helpful information and resources. In parenting, time-outs have an important and effective role. A time-out is a chance for children...
  4. Family Life
    This blog has been passed around numerous times on social media, and I understand why. People are disconnected. Folks are glued to their technology. The other day I saw a young boy on a swing. He was simultaneously using his iPhone, possibly updating his whereabouts: "Swing." It may be true...
  5. Family Life
    My baby, my fourteen months old, is walking. She's doing that little drunken sailor walk where she is able to somehow get from one end of the room to the other without actually bending her knees. How toddlers do this is beyond me. She is our third child. We've been through this before. But...
  6. Family Life
    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...
  7. Family Life
    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...
  8. Family Life
      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...
  9. Family Life
      There is a common phenomena among the crunchy in our midst. It is the self labeling of parenting practices. You've seen it, haven't you? "I'm a cloth diapering, gentle parenting, long-term breastfeeding, baby-wearing, home-birthing natural mama!" It's the tag line/self description on many...
  10. Family Life
    Being a mom is tough work. I don't care who you are - rich or poor, married or single, first time or experienced, mothering is hard work. This evening I made a new meal for my family. It was a spaghetti squash casserole filled with yummy veggies, fresh spices, and cheese. (Seriously, who can...
  11. Family Life
    By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   In light of the fatal school shooting at Sparks Middle School, Kidsinthehouse.com offers this video from Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., which discusses what parents should do with their children after a school tragedy. Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., is a...
  12. Baby
      My name is Amy, and my three year old daughter does not sleep through the night. Not only that, but I [gasp!] still nurse her to sleep. Sometimes I feel like people with children who wake up at night should be meeting in a church basement somewhere, drinking coffee out of styrofoam cups with...
  13. Family Life
      My daughter will be starting school for the first time soon, for 5 full days a week. It is a huge transition for our little family unit, but especially for the two of us, as we have spent the last three years together. I know she will thrive there, as we did not take this decision lightly...
  14. Family Life
      Every year, either the day before or the day of my son's birthday, he walks the labyrinth just west of the library in downtown Boulder. It's a ritual we began several years ago as a way to commemorate his passage from one year to the next. In a culture sadly devoid of rituals, we've attempted...
  15. Family Life
          I splashed my face with cold water, hoping to wash away the tears intermingled with anger. As I toweled off my cheeks with the fluffy hotel towel, my father's words rang through my head, stinging me once more. "You might want to gather up all of your swim stuff before you...
  16. Baby
    By Lisa Hassan Scott       "Well, when you come to visit, I can try to see if I can get a portable crib." My husband and I were planning our first visit to his parents' house, and my in-laws were really excited. "That won't be necessary," I said, "the baby will just sleep with us." A...
  17. Toddler & Child
    It's ambitious. Highlights: Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit: In both the Illinois State Senate and the U.S. Senate, Obama championed efforts to expand the EITC, which is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs to date. President Obama will reward work by increasing the number...
  18. Toddler & Child
    [From an op-ed in progress...] It's a new media trend: Since 80 percent of people laid off in the recession have been guys, pundits and journalists are asking themselves if this will cause men to do more at home. More women as breadwinners and more men at home is "a thought to file under...
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