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The Balance of Independence, Freedom and Closeness

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The theory behind the natural parenting method's philosophy is centered around the babies (what isn't, am I right?). However, instead of them taking front & center stage in getting everything they want whenever they want...

Positive Parenting: Discipline Versus Guidance

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As parents we all joke about the elusive “manual” that should accompany all children when they enter this world. However, in all honesty, any manual would (based on my experience!) be useless. In less than...

How Simplicity and Frugality Helps Our Kids

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I came across Laura Grace Weldon's article Five Ways Frugal Living Benefits Kids and she talks us through a very compelling five reasons why forgoing expensive life and child-raising bells and whistles is good for...

Using Your Public Library to Help Grow Your Child's Love For Books

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My toddler is probably the most inspiring and exuberant human I've ever met... there are his words, and his dance moves that are so perfectly in cue with the beat, there is his love of...

The Five Senses And Your Birth

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Whether you are laboring at home, in a hospital, or in a birthing center, with a little planning and preparation, you can create more comfort, pleasure, and support for yourself during your labor and after...

What a Mother Needs Most During Birth May Surprise You

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Important preface: This article is written to bring a more thoughtful dialogue to the issue of birth assistance for healthy pregnant mothers and their healthy birthing babies. It does not serve to slight any mother...

How Babywearing Helps Me Bond with My Big Kids Too

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Even before I got pregnant, I knew I was going to be a babywearing momma. It’s always appealed to me as being the most natural (and frankly easiest) way for a parent to get anything...

Sleep: Can't Live Without It... But Sometimes You Have To

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Oh, sleep. The always sought-after prize of adulthood. Somewhere along the line we stop trying to avoid sleep and realize it's pretty much the best thing ever. For parents, there just never seems to be...

How To Get More Mama Solo Time and Why It Really Does Matter

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On my recent trip to visit family, I traveled with my 14-month-old daughter and my partner was unable to come with us. We visited family and friends in two states, enjoyed eight different planes and...