Why I Won’t Criticize Other Parents

Attachment parents: At what age do we stop unconditional acceptance and begin tempering support with our judgments? Hit, swat, tap, strike, smack, cuff, wallop, belt, whack, spank. Whatever you call it, I think hurting a child is wrong. Idiot, stupid, spoiled, monster, horror, entitled, lazy, brat. Whatever you call them, I think calling a child…

Steady State

Welcome to the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the continuity and constancy in their lives. Please read to the end…

Wordless: How the Twins React to Santa

The twins will be 15 months old on December 25th. While they look alike and hit many of the same milestones, I’ve observed that they have been unique individuals since I could first differentiate their movements in the womb.   We met a gregarious Santa who got a kick out of holding twins. When he…

Six Steps to Stop Screaming and Start Parenting Mindfully

Welcome to the December 2013 Carnival of Natural Mothering! This article is a part of the Carnival of Natural Mothering hosted by GrowingSlower, Every Breath I Take, I Thought I Knew Mama, African Babies Don’t Cry, and Adventures of Captain Destructo. This month’s topic is Natural New Year’s Resolutions. Be sure to check out all…

Not Zero to Sixty, More Like From Zero to Thirty

I’m at the end of NaBloPoMo: blogging every day for the month of November. The last time I attempted this challenge, I learned about myself as a person, a mother, and a writer. That was November 2011. I thought I was done having children. I had mourned for the child I felt I’d never have…

The Gratitude Challenge 2013

The inspiring Mama Jorje has invited fellow bloggers to participate in The Gratitude Challenge. We’re each listing 100 things we’re grateful for and sharing them on American Thanksgiving. Writing this list was a pleasure. I decided to hold my gratitude in my heart and write the entire list all at once. I liked both the…

The Creative Spark Inside Mothers

Welcome to Week Two of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce.  Today’s topic is Creative Heroines. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants.  Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a…