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How Do Children Learn Empathy?

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At the playground today, I was sitting on the sidewalk, looking down at my phone for a moment, as my kids ran back and forth, flower bush to slide. On one pass, my 6 year old slowed down and called out, “Are you alright, mom?” I looked up. “Yeah! I was just reading something on my phone.” “Oh, ok! It …

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9 Things to Teach Our Kids Before They Leave Home

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About 11 years ago, I left behind my “required” education of high school and went out into the world. I left the nest. I no longer lived with a parent. I no longer had someone that woke me up before I needed to go to school in the morning. I no longer had someone reminding me that I had bills …

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How to Set Limits as an Attachment Parent 

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As an attachment parent, I often see someone that is new to the concept of AP viewing it at as permissive parenting; a philosophy filled with hugs and rainbows and candy and kids that tear the house apart any chance they get. But that isn’t the case. Well the hugs and rainbows are part of it, but not the rest. …

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Your Kid “Still” Does That?

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Still.  “You’re still breastfeeding?” “You still cosleep?” “He’s still not potty-trained?”  “She still wakes up at night?” “You mean your child still acts in a way that is completely age-appropriate, natural, and normal?” Oh. Wait.  You might have heard it, you might have even said it. I know I’ve heard it.  When someone uses the word still in relation to a …

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How to Inspire a Kid to Love Art

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Do you have a kiddo that just isn’t into doing art projects? Maybe they start a project, get frustrated, and quit. Or maybe they are too timid to approach it in the first place. I used to have one of those kids. I still have him, but he’s gained a new confidence in art. It all started when he was …

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Mama, you are not alone. 

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Trigger warning: mention of child loss.  As we were driving home from the coast today, we passed a car pulled over to the side of the road. We saw a mama lift her infant out of the car, hold the baby close to her, and start to rock her.  Mama, you encouraged me to share this note of love.  To …

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Free-Grazing Kids: A Way to Do Food

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What is free-grazing, you ask? Basically when you don’t have any regulations on the food in your house. Regulations could be a set schedule of eating times, or only allowing certain foods at certain times. Or only allowing x to be eaten once y was eaten first. We mostly follow a free-grazing lifestyle because I have an extremely picky and …

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The Art of Biting Your Tongue

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So I’ll start with some short stories that illustrate a need to bite your tongue sometimes… Story 1 My 6 year old, 2.5 year old and I are winding down for bed. Well, I was. They were running in circles on our giant family bed. As they sprint in circles, the littlest one falls over the blankets. Me: Oops, careful! …

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8 Ways to Cope with the Stress of Parenting

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Being a parent has so many positives. But with those positives comes a big dose of stress, chaos, and pressure. Parents have to sacrifice a lot more than they did pre-kid days; sleep, privacy, wants, and, a lot of times, needs. Finding a group of supportive people is an essential component to feeling a little bit sane when you spend day …