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  1. 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...
  2. Family Life
    It's hard not to take our children's big emotions personally. Especially when we purpose so hard to be emotionally present and involved. But, as one mother shares her story of learning her little boy's emotions are not necessarily the result of her parenting, we encourage you to also take...
  3. Baby
    We were rushing out the door, scrambling to get big kids to the babysitter so that I could attend my six-week postpartum checkup. No one was listening. I had asked them repeatedly to follow instructions, but it hadn't seemed to register. I resorted to bellowing, adopting the distinct inflection...
  4. Family Life
    Holding space requires becoming completely present for someone else. When we hold space for our partner, we walk alongside them hand-in-hand, free of our own judgement, ego, and anxieties. One of my intentions for the New Year is to hold more space for my husband. More than anyone else in my...
  5. Family Life
    Contrary to popular belief, yoga can be practiced without a yoga studio or even a yoga mat. In fact, it's absolutely possible to practice yoga without anyone knowing. Here's how you can sneak it into your daily life! Yoga is an over five thousand-year old Indian philosophy that combines asana...
  6. Family Life
    I've always heard that before you can truly love anyone else, you must first love yourself. I never believed this until I found that daily rituals enhanced my perception of self-love. This self-acceptance has unfolded in my love for others too. As parents, we sacrifice so much for our children...
  7. Family Life
    Another year has "flown" by. Our children can teach us many valuable lessons that can help slow our perception of time. Another year gone by. Just this week I sat down with a fresh planner in eager anticipation of the new year ahead. As I started to scribble down appointments to make and...
  8. Green Goods
    Yoga is valuable to everyone, including expectant mothers. A beautiful opportunity for self-growth, the positive effects of prenatal yoga are both immediate and long-lasting. I went to my first prenatal yoga class at six-weeks pregnant. (I am pretty sure the other mamas-to-be thought I had...
  9. Baby
    My milk is slowly diminishing. My sweet baby boy is active, busy, too interested in the world around him to breastfeed non-stop like he used to. We still have our moments, daily, but they are slowly spreading out. He doesn't spend as much time in my arms as he used to. In our big, wild family...
  10. 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...
  11. Baby
    I've been trying to write about my struggle with postpartum depression for many weeks. I begin to write. Stop. Begin again. The truth is, I'm afraid to write these words. I'm afraid to have even felt these feelings. Never before has my façade of "having it together" crumbled so obviously all...
  12. Baby
    In natural birth and Attachment Parenting circles, it seems to be de rigueur to have siblings at subsequent births. This practice has become more than just a fad relegated to more alternative women. I hear women everywhere discussing issues around siblings at their upcoming births: support...
  13. Baby
    "We're all always doing the best we can." Channeling some wise Zen master from another lifetime, my husband tried to comfort me on yet another evening when I was feeling inadequate as a mother. Skeptic that I am, I wondered, "is that really true? Have I really been doing the very best that I...
  14. Family Life
    Photo of Yia Alias. I have been afraid of death for as long as I can remember. I don't know when it began: maybe it was losing both my father and grandmother at the age of three - events that shaped my life in fundamental ways. Or maybe this terror of the unknown has simply always been my...
  15. 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...
  16. Family Life
    I've spent much of my adult life trying not to be my mother. I imagine this is fairly common among women, and, to some extent, it's necessary. To become ourselves, we need to differentiate from our mothers. But it's more complicated than that. There's something indescribably powerful about that...
  17. Family Life
    His text was jarring, almost disorienting. I stared at the screen for a moment in disbelief, unsure of how to respond. Didn't he know? His request, and my response, would commit us to a side, force us to clarify our position on a contentious, controversial point. My own husband was asking me...
  18. Green Goods
    WORRY vs. CONCERN Energetically, there is a critical difference. worry: to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. concern: to relate to; be connected with; be of interest or importance to; affect. Worry obstructs possibility. Concern is pro-active. Worry...
  19. Family Life
    Hello, my name is Danielle and I'm a recovering Savior of the World. I used to think that my self-worth depended on my vegetarianism, my activism, futurism, my pro-this and anti-that. Had halo, would preach. Had 'isms, would teach. I still wrestle with issues of spheres of influence (like one...
  20. Green Goods
    I invite you, now, to stand, sit or lay comfortably as I take you on a guided mediation to give you more energy, grounding and expansion in your parenting. Inhale a slow and full breath. Feel your ribcage expand as you hold your breath momentarily and then gently and slowly release the air...
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