June 2011

My children need me to be their friend

June 28, 2011
mother and daughter as friends

I recently saw this Facebook meme: My promise to my kids~I am not your friend…..I am your Mother. I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worst nightmare & hunt you down like a bloodhound when needed because I LOVE U! When you understand that, I will know […]

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Celiac disease, nutrition & health

June 23, 2011
is your food making you sick?

After 25 34 years (I may as well admit it to you, dear readers), I found out I’m gluten-intolerant. The diagnosis didn’t come from a physician (I’ve been to A LOT), but from readers of my Facebook page, who responded when I asked what in my diet might cause the eczema I’ve suffered from my […]

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I struggle to balance boundaries & freedom

June 20, 2011
What's the right amount of freedom on bad days?

Boundaries are the most difficult part of parenting, for me. Actually, they’ve been one of the most difficult parts of my whole life. When I look back to when I grew up, I can’t think of clear, consistent boundaries that I had either required of me or that I enforced myself. I remember it causing […]

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Using Art to Foster Your Preschooler’s (2 ½-5 yrs) Imagination

June 16, 2011
children love to create art!

At about the age of 2 1/2 , a child’s play and movement cease to simply be an expression of energy and becomes an intentional activity. Instead of taking big leaps for the sake of feeling her body leap, the preschool age child begins leaping to act like a frog or play a game. Thus […]

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Alternative Discipline: Life without Punishment

June 13, 2011
timeout from what?

If someone had told me ten years ago that I would have two toddler boys and I would never punish them, I would have thought they were crazy. I was raised to believe that children are sneaky and manipulative, and the only way to have an orderly household is to punish early and often — […]

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Sunday Surf June 11

June 12, 2011
pregnancy at its own pace

This is the last Sunday Surf for a couple of weeks — I’m going on vacation, traveling to visit family and friends, and I won’t be surfing the web The next one will be up on  July 2nd. Birth Eviction Notice: Get Out! As the mother of a son who was born (spontaneously) at 37 […]

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Natural Parenting & Technology: Guest Post by Amy of Just West of Crunchy

June 9, 2011
natural parenting + computers?

I’m incredibly honored to have a guest post from Amy of Just West of Crunchy today. Her blogs are always smart, enlightening, and spot-on. If you haven’t been to her blog, make sure you check it out after you read this one — you will find something thought provoking, I guarantee it. We have a […]

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Respecting Play: Observing & Interacting at the same time

June 6, 2011
Do not disturb! Child at play

Hello there, I’ve been reading your blog for a little while (and love it). I actually have a question about RIE parenting. I’ve been doing some reading about RIE parenting, after reading about it on your blog, and I am curious how you’re supposed to play with children when you’re following their philosophy. If you’re […]

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Sunday Surf June 5, 2011

June 5, 2011
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Birth & Breastfeeding One Mom’s Empowering Home Birth This is shameless self-promotion, since this is my article. I’m kinda excited to have something in a big-name website, so I had to post it again. Informed Coercion This is a fantastic analysis of risk during childbirth. When risk is examined by doctors and scientists, it usually […]

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The most valuable parenting phrase after “I love you”

June 3, 2011
effective discipline takes thought

I won’t let you . . . As in, I won’t let you hit your friend. I won’t let you throw food on the floor. I won’t let you fall off the stairs. I won’t let you run around in the grocery store. This phrase (which I learned from the wise Janet Lansbury), has helped […]

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