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  1. Family Life
    Spending time with family members over the holidays can be stressful for some parents that are choosing to raise their children differently from how they were raised or how their other family members are raising their children. Differences in parenting styles and societal changes can make...
  2. Family Life
    'Tis the season for thrusting terrified children onto the lap of a stranger disguised in a red suit and a bushy white beard. The obligatory photo with Santa is so much a part of our holiday culture that we hardly think twice, ignoring the cries of our infants and toddlers for the (albeit brief)...
  3. Baby
    The decision to be 'done' is a hard one. A personal one. One that often leaves people judging or questioning, no matter what you decide. We remember the thoughts of a mama who was real and vulnerable for us. --A Guest Post By A Mama Who Wished To Remain Anonymous-- I have five children, and...
  4. 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...
  5. Family Life
    Parenting is not for the weary, but the rewards are limitless. When it comes to shaping and molding behaviors, it's important to remember there is no such thing as a quick fix! We dug into our archives to bring out this powerful reminder about punishment -- and how it's rarely a fix to...
  6. Baby
    Bedsharing. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has the right to parent the way they feel best for their baby. Here's one family found worked for them. I have a pack 'n play that's been used a handful of times and that's it. Before my first was born, I dutifully set it up right next to the...
  7. Family Life
    I didn't realize it but motherhood made me reevaluate my definition of success and it turns out I'm way more successful than I was giving myself credit for. Sometimes I get demoralized. I find myself doing as much as I possibly can do, pushing myself as much as I can before breaking, and yet...
  8. 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...
  9. Family Life
    I don't know where I came up with it, but when I had my first child about 10 years ago I wanted to try not to use the word "no" with him. Maybe I thought that if I didn't tell him "no" then he wouldn't shout it at me. Maybe I had some misguided view about the evil nature of no that I had somehow...
  10. Family Life
    The latest viral worry is swirling as moms find the popular LOL dolls appear to have 'Hooker' attire when they're dipped under cold water. But is this really surprising, in an era where there's so much blatant false advertising to girls (and boys) when it comes to body image and body confidence...
  11. Toddler & Child
    In the past few months, opening myself up to life's simple joys has been absolutely mood-boosting. I don't know about you, but I've been on an emotional roller-coaster ride lately. Some days I feel energized about all of the silver linings I've found during the current pandemic, and other days...
  12. Baby
      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...
  13. Baby
    While there have been great strides in normalizing breastfeeding for babies, there still remains quite a bit of drama surrounding the practice of a breastfeeding toddler. This guest post originally published in 2015 is a good reminder for us all to learn and to share our knowledge with other...
  14. 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...
  15. Family Life
    It is estimated that 30-40% of the food supply in our country is wasted. I believe sending less food to the landfill is possible with a few mindful changes. Even though my family and I compost, we still waste a considerable amount of food. This became quite clear as we all worked together to...
  16. 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...
  17. Family Life
    Raising healthy eaters. We all want to do it, but sometimes, it seems like an elusive task despite our best efforts. Here's what we've learned about raising healthy eaters. As parents, feeding our children is one of the main aspects of our caretaking, and of course, we want to do it right...
  18. Family Life
    Creating a family meditation practice is much easier than you might imagine. And now is a perfect time to do so! I know what some of you may be thinking. "No way, no how will my child sit still for a moment, much less to meditate. Family meditation? Ha!" I hear you. I have two live-in wiggle...
  19. 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...
  20. Family Life
    From birthday party favors to prize box goodies, my son has acquired a significant number of plastic trinkets in his few years. He would let you know that I refer to these toys as "junk" and that they usually go missing shortly after they make it through the front door. While I don't love them...
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