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I have been in love with the idea of homeschooling since I began observing the voracious love of learning my first baby exhibited right from birth. My own experiences in school were actually detrimental to passionate learning and, while I know there are a spectrum of organized school experiences, I would like to support my kids on their individual learning paths. My husband has been, understandably, more conservative in his opinion on homeschooling. I think this post sums up well the concerns often voiced by the less enthusiastic partner. Getting Fathers on Board with Homeschooling by Parenting Passageway.
Whenever I forget that my kids love me and think I’m awesome Free Play Love comes along with another joy-filled, guilt-exploding post like this one, The Lesson of the Balloon Sword::You Are Enough
I have been breastfeeding for almost five years now. I find people often assume because I’ve been doing it awhile that it has always been easy. But, that’s not the case. I had serious problems getting started with Nat, lost my milk supply after a hospital stay and had to relactate, oversupply issues, and had major breastfeeding aversion with post partum depression whil Gan was small. Bravely, Dulce de Leche writes about her experiences I Hated Breastfeeding
The longer I am a mother, the more I see that they do better without me. I don’t mean neglecting, but rather being in the background and allow unstructured exploration. Removing the adult constructs can allow for the best learning and nurturing at times as MamaEve explains in Toddlers Spontaneously Share: Adult Intervention Unneeded
I am working on self-compassion and letting go of guilt everytime I fall short of what I am striving for and who I am striving to be. If I gave myself a tenth of the love and empathy that my kids gave me, I would be blissfully happy. As Living in the (K)Now says her post Loving-Kindness, “I want to love myself like my mom loves me” and “I want to love myself like my best friend loves me”
Amber Strocel reflects on giving up something she enjoyed as a child because of comparisons. She says, “It’s not easy work, walking your own path and doing things fully and authentically.” But, ultimately that is our path to freedom and joy. Ask for yourself if you’ve ever given up something you loved because you weren’t “good-enough” in Comparing Our Art and Ourselves
If you know me, you probably know that I have a slightly obscene love affair with my wool dryer balls. I have been known to get the shivers when someone actually asks me to explain what they are. Well, if you’re just itching to get your hands on some wool and make some for yourself, Anktangle has this awesome tutorial to Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls. So, now you can stop asking me (no, please don’t)
I’m that mom who lets her kids go out wearing whatever costume creations they have come up with to express their creativity. With the exception of nudity in public, I feel they can explore and I don’t really care if someone else disapproves. I’m often accompanied by pirates, Darth Vadar, or cheetah-butterflies on errands. It’s sometimes hard to bite my tongue, but thank to Mother Flippin’ I don’t have to. I say, “I like you.” And it’s true. My Children: Making Me Look Bad Since 2003
I have a bit of a Starbucks addiction-mostly because there’s a drive-thru just a few miles away. It’s a super easy way to get a caffeine fix without having to get 3 kids in and out of the car. The drive-thru line goes past Starbucks’ garbage and I am reminded of their glaring lack of recycling and composting efforts. They can greenwash all they want, but without doing this small (and yet huge) change to compost food waste and food-covered paper and recycle all their plastic, it feels empty. PhD in Parenting asks the question Does Good Cancel Out Evil? For companies that have damaging business practices yet make pr-friendly donations and activities. I do not patronize certain stores because I don’t support their policies, but have held onto my Starbucks habit (and bringing my own cup, using their ceramic plates and cups, etc isn’t enough if I want to align with my ideals)
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