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  1. Life with a Toddler
    Hi All, As parents, we all too often overstructure our children’s lives. Going from activity to activity. Creating a packed schedule-up to seven full days a week. Have you paused long enough to consider the fear that this drive is based in? What would happen if you slowed down for quality time...
  2. Toddler & Child
      Parenthood is full of highs and lows. If your toddler is a poop smearer, it definitely qualifies as one of the bottom-ranking episodes. Yes, we know what we did there. We have all seen the stories circulate on Facebook or heard our friends tell us about how their toddlers have taken a nap...
  3. Toddler & Child
    Parenting isn't always easy. Within our current pandemic, you could say it's even more challenging. Here is some expert advice for navigating the current times with your tweens and teens. Even well-seasoned parents have been in uncharted territory over the past several weeks. With schools...
  4. 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...
  5. Family Life
    Xennials are people born between 1977 and 1983: people who experienced an analog childhood and a digital adulthood. Here's what's unique about the parenting philosophies of those of us who possess both the cynicism of Xers and the optimism of Millennials. As Xennials, we didn't really need a...
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  7. Toddler & Child
    Praise can certainly be beneficial for our children. When we overpraise our children, however, we may be overusing praise and that may actually lower a child's sense of self-worth. You might be wondering...how is it possible to praise my children too much? Can we overpraise our children? I...
  8. Toddler & Child
    Making a mistake can be a truly valuable lesson-if we choose. Cultivating a growth mindset in our children will help them recover from mistakes more quickly too. My young son already loathes making mistakes. If he doesn't try to ignore the misstep altogether, he will wallow in self-pity...
  9. Baby
    Believe it or not, babies have only been in diapers for 200 years! Andrea Olson, the mama behind Go Diaper Free is an expert in Elimination Communication (EC), and is passionate about helping families return to watching for their infant's natural cues, sans diapers. I first learned about EC...
  10. Toddler & Child
    Parents today feel enormous pressure to ensure that their children succeed, but what does this really mean? And more importantly, will our children be happy? The New York Times recently reported on a working paper exploring the reasons why more and more college-educated women are quitting their...
  11. Family Life
    In today's world, being able to analyze and evaluate information is an essential part of growing up. As technological advances bring more and more information to our fingertips, how can we make sure our children have the skills to look at and analyze what they're being told so they can make...
  12. Toddler & Child
    It's a fact of life: we all make contributions in this world. The introduction of chores to your kids can teach them lifelong skills while helping them build character. When I was young, I had chores. I had to make my bed, keep my room tidy, help in the kitchen, and take care of the trash. I...
  13. Family Life
    We often hear about the health and life benefits of mindfulness, regularly reminded to "live in the moment." But what does mindfulness really mean? The essence of mindfulness is to pay attention, right now. It means that if we are reading bedtime stories to our toddlers, here we are, reading...
  14. Family Life
    Although I am no longer a mother of a preschooler, I still love MOPS (a group of 'Mothers of Preschoolers' who have the basic belief that extraordinary things can happen when moms come together. It's a picture of motherhood and sisterhood combined. I first found my local MOPS group when my son...
  15. 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...
  16. Toddler & Child
    In a day and age where it seems people have forgotten how to live with integrity, we want to raise our children to live authentically with strong and convicting belief systems. How can we gently teach our children to live with integrity? In our house, we live by the Golden Rule - my son knows...
  17. Baby
    Looking back on my seven years of motherhood, I realize there are so many lessons I learned the hard way. Some I can laugh about now, and some are still sensitive subjects. I hear other moms mention these same scenarios, so I know I'm not the only one. Maybe I can save you the trouble and you...
  18. Family Life
    Social media makes it easy for us to exchange parenting tips and tricks with friends and family, but we don't always agree on what's best for our kids. How can we navigate parenting differences while staying true to our convictions? Let's face it. You know there are times when you're scrolling...
  19. Toddler & Child
    Life can be tough for little ones figuring the world out. Sometimes, so tough they may feel like giving up on something if it seems too hard. How can we gently encourage them to not give up when things are hard? And how can we teach them why they'd want to? My little guy used to think he could...
  20. Toddler & Child
    Children typically don't get to make many decisions for themselves. From when to eat and go to sleep, to what to wear and where to go, our tiniest companions are sometimes forgotten in the decision-making process. I am working hard on a daily basis to help guide my son toward making the best...
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