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…

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…

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…

Gratitude Shopping with Kids

It’s the holiday season which means families coming together to celebrate and exchange gifts. It also means messages about hyper consumerism are inundating us. My kids and I have ongoing conversations about advertising and the way it works to create needs in us that we didn’t know we had. They’re highly skeptical of anyone trying…

Culture of Creativity

Welcome to Week One 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 Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of…

Gratitude for Those Whom We See Only Briefly

I was recently reading yet another one of those articles judging a parent based on a short period of observation. I certainly don’t feel influenced by a parent feeding their kids fast food while surfing their cell phone across the parking lot. But, the authors of those articles seem to be.   However, I have…