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Community!

I just want to give a shout-out to some of the truly awesome people and groups that I’ve had the pleasure to know and be involved with either virtually and/or tangibly in this global community of Natural Parents (there’s innumerable different … Continue reading

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Co-Operation Beats Compliance Every Time

“How many times do I have to tell you?!” “When are you going to learn?” “If you don’t listen to me…!”  If you’ve ever been around kids for more than a minute, you’ve likely heard some of their parents say at least something … Continue reading

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Intro to Educating a Human Brain

How do babies learn things? How can we help them learn in the most conducive way possible? What does it take to create the best environment, conditions, and potential for the highest possible development of our children’s full mental (cognitive, … Continue reading

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Parentisms: Listen UP

It’s a simple skill — listening. Though we can develop nuanced abilities to savor certain qualities in various particular soundscapes, it doesn’t take much to, say, hone in on the words the person in front of you is speaking. Remembering … Continue reading

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Empathy Schmimpathy… Why Bother?!

There’s a change occurring in the world of parenting today. A gradual shift is taking shape and gliding toward new ways of envisioning and inhabiting the parent-child relationship. The old adages we grew up with — of children being seen … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for… Community

I just want to give a shout-out to some of the truly awesome people and groups that I’ve had the pleasure to know and be involved with either virtually and/or tangibly in this global community of Natural Parents (there’s innumerable different … Continue reading

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Losing “No.” and Finding “Yes!”

I have written directly about a portion of the discourse I want to take up in this post in some detail before, and referred to this notion multiple times. Thus far, however, I have only closely considered the “no” side … Continue reading

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(Back to) the Basics V: Who’s the Boss

Today, I want to return to this (increasingly in-depth!) series on basic tools, perspectives, and approaches for Natural Parenting, Attachment Parenting, Cro-Magnon Parenting — whatever your favorite monicker. Before I do that, though, here are links to all of the … Continue reading

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(Back to) the Basics pt IV: Take Some, Leave Some… Information!

Back to the (Back to) the Basics! If need be, you may check out the previous installments of this series here. Today, I wanted to move along to discussing another major aspect of nurturing the bonds we have with our little … Continue reading

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(Back to) the Basics pt III: Mirror, Mirror, Two Feet Tall

At long last, I am happily returning this week with a new installment in a series of posts I began last January called (Back to) the Basics for all of you new and renewed parents looking to invent, reinvent, or … Continue reading

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Boredom Schmoredom (with yard debris)

For those of you who haven’t yet seen this series, the basic gist comes from Kim John Payne’s book, Simplicity Parenting, wherein he suggests that we give our children ample opportunities to experience a little boredom, or more precisely, to … Continue reading

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Things that make you go, “D’OH!” (The Sell-Out)

No, I’m not talking about the latest glitz-pop album from that used-to-be underground band you loved in college. And I’m not talking about renting your kids out to a slew of commercial producers either. No, this episode of “Things that … Continue reading

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Parents are Human, Too

Generally speaking, we parents like to think of ourselves as the adults in our relationships with our children, right? Unfortunately, this perspective often binds us to the idea of being “right” all the time, or being the ideal version of … Continue reading

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Death and Tenderness

Some cat killed a bird in our yard the other day. By some cat, I mean either one of our own two cuddly killers, or the strange new neighbor cat who was only a half-hour earlier shooed away from our … Continue reading

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The Home PR Agents

Ever thought of yourself as a Public Relations specialist? Well as a parent, it’s practical to think of it as part of the job. It may not seem like an occupation to combine with parenting, but once our children are … Continue reading

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