Welcome to the October 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Technology This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about their families’ policies on screen time. *** I think
My husband and I were lucky … our two kids were the best of friends even though they were born 5 years and 2 days apart. Of course, we had a number of factors that don’t apply to every family. For one thing, the five year age difference probably
My husband and I have been vegetarians for around 40 years now, and our adult kids are both lifelong vegetarians. So, our favorite family recipes are naturally all vegetarian. My Family’s Diets Sometimes my husband and I have been vegan (not when our kids were still growing), although most
Welcome to the March 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Tough Conversations 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 spoken up about how they discuss complex topics with their children. Please
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I’ve been focusing on girls’ body images a lot lately with the controversy and petitions about Photoshopped models in teen magazines. You can read some of my posts at Raising Figure Skaters (with shocking Photoshopped videos and photos and an important petition you can sign): “Help Our Daughters Have
One of the best gifts you can give your child is a love of books. My husband and I always loved books, and we wanted our children to feel the same way. We used the traditional ways to help our children become book lovers along with some help from
Welcome to the July Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting Philosophy This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared their parenting practices and how they fit in with their parenting purpose.
It’s my first blogiversary week, so I figure I should reflect a bit on the last year. Should I specify my favorite posts? Many bloggers do that, and I always enjoy those sorts of posts, but sorry – no. In honor of Montessori education and the concept of following
The right way to use Montessori principles in your home is the way that’s right for you and your family. The name “Montessori” hasn’t been protected by trademark, which is both good and bad when it comes to Montessori schools. When it comes to your own home, it’s only
I think each family has its own unique learning style. I don’t mean visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learning style but a way of learning that the whole family enjoys together. Whether through genetic similarities, common environment, or both, families can usually find meaningful and enjoyable ways to learn together. Terry’s
It’s easy to focus on the importance of helping your preschooler by answering your child’s questions or reading to your child. But one of the best ways to help your preschooler is too often overlooked. Take a tip from Montessori education and help your child learn how to do things
I was responsible for children’s discipline for most of 34 years—first as a preschool teacher, and then as a parent until my youngest turned 18. That experience has taught me that there is no need for spanking—ever. Before our oldest child was born, my husband, Terry, and I agreed