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…

A Conversation About MLK

I was driving in the car to Lego Homeschool Engineering class with my 5yo, when he asked, “Mom, when is our next holiday to celebrate?” “Martin Luther King, Jr Day is next. Do you know who that is?” “No. Who is that?” “Martin Luther King is a hero. He was a warrior for peace and…

The Crunchy Commune

There is a need for like-minded families to come together and support one another in their gentle parenting choices. Families can use a safe space where they won’t be accused of acting judgmental because they do things out of the mainstream. A place where following evidence-based practices with full hearts and clear minds, is not…

The Art of Surrender

When I hear the word surrender, I tend to react in a negative way. I think of it as submitting, giving up or giving in. I think of surrender as letting go of my power or my protection. I am vulnerable to anything or anyone that might hurt me. So I struggle when someone says…

10 Ways to Be a More Connected Parent Today

Continuing the NaBloPoMo posts that scare me, I’m combining two at once:  “the list post” and “the advice post.” I don’t mind sharing my own experiences in the spirit of sharing and connecting. But, I shy away from giving advice because I believe things are best discovered on our own. So, here’s my advice on…