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Are We Helping Our Kids To Be Happy? Reconsidering the Criteria for Joy

Are We Helping Our Kids To Be Happy? Reconsidering the Criteria for Joy

This year at my mother-in-law’s birthday, someone asked her what her birthday wish was. “For all my children to be happy,” she said resolutely. I h...

How Focusing On the Positive Shifted Our Experience of Discipline

How Focusing On the Positive Shifted Our Experience of Discipline

Over the years of raising six children, my spouse and I have learned a very important aspect of caring for them: positive reinforcement works much ...

In Her Own Time: Musing on Walking and Other Developmental Milestones

In Her Own Time: Musing on Walking and Other Developmental Milestones

It was a simple, easy morning. We woke up a little extra chipper, worked our way up to and through a decently yummy oatmeal breakfast. She crawled ...

Why Mommy Wars and What I Do To Stay Out of Them (Best I Can)

Why Mommy Wars and What I Do To Stay Out of Them (Best I Can)

When I first thought about the topic of mommy wars, I pictured current social media: critical Facebook posts and parents tearing each other apart ...

Working From Home with Kids (Ain't Easy!) - A Day In the Life

Working From Home with Kids (Ain't Easy!) - A Day In the Life

Each day starts about the same... slowly.  I'm not a morning person, and I never wake up "chipper" and ready to take on the world.  My boys will c...

That First Year's a Doozie: Tips to Thriving In New Mamaland

That First Year's a Doozie: Tips to Thriving In New Mamaland

We recently celebrated our daughter's first birthday. Approaching the big anniversary of her turn around the sun, I was sort of all a twitter. I pr...

3rd, er... 4th time's the charm? Home Schooling, A Day In the Life

3rd, er... 4th time's the charm? Home Schooling, A Day In the Life

This year marks year 4 of us home schooling. Something I firmly believed would not last more than a year... and something I feel has had many ups...

Would You Let Someone Else Breastfeed Your Baby?

Would You Let Someone Else Breastfeed Your Baby?

A couple weeks back I had a funny dream. I dreamt that I reunited with a friend back in the states (I live in Chile), who was meeting my now one-ye...

Why All This Parenting Style Stuff Matters Even When It Feels Like It Shouldn't

Why All This Parenting Style Stuff Matters Even When It Feels Like It Shouldn't

Today, I saw an intense image pop up in my Facebook stream, shared by a page dedicated to supporting mothers with breastfeeding challenges. It show...

My (Un)Glamorous Expat Beach Mama Routine (A Day In the Life)

My (Un)Glamorous Expat Beach Mama Routine (A Day In the Life)

I’ve talked here before about how I left the states to travel, fell in love on my first major stop (Chile), stayed, had a baby and am now living ...

Unschooling: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome (A Day in the Life)

Unschooling: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome (A Day in the Life)

I decided I wanted to write a day in the life post because I love unschooling. We do *so* much, have amazing experiences, and witness everyday lif...

Traveling Family Series: Meet the Lighthiser Family

Traveling Family Series: Meet the Lighthiser Family

I am delighted to introduce you to the Lighthiser Family! This amazing family of five, plus beloved black lab, are currently touring the western US...
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