Posts Tagged ‘Perspectives’

Kickstart Giving With Your Kids

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My friends have been asking for simple tips on how to encourage giving with their kids. As with most things in life, there’s no magic formula. There’s also no shortage of online advice for teaching generosity and kindness to kids. I’ve summarized some of my favorite sites below for your scanning pleasure. My biggest piece […]

Member Musings: Body Image

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Let’s talk body image. For years I’ve worked out really hard to get a “tight, toned body”.  Sometimes I feel really strong and toned, but most the time I am grabbing my extra weight and wishing it was gone. I know soooo many of you out there

Member Musings: We Can Do It!

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After researching colleges and majors, my kids asked me if I ever feel like I wasted my education giving up my career and staying home with them. Women often seem to get questioned on their choices or doing what is necessary. Never have I felt my education (both traditional & spiritual) was more

Attachment Parenting Basics

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So how do you get started with Attachment Parenting? There are no rules, just a few guidelines to help you make the minute to minute decisions as you meet your baby’s needs. Trust your own instincts. You’re a mama lion, or a papa bear. You would protect this child with your life.

Connecting to your Baby Before Birth

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If you’re pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, it’s intriguing to explore ideas of how much you can actually get to know your baby before it’s born. There are many ways you can attempt to  ‘tune in’ and make contact, and strengthen the bond with your baby. Plus, it’s fun! Whether you have actively tried […]

You Can Be the Parent You Want to Be

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Parents today struggle to be present with their kids as the 24-hour connectedness to technology and work often pull attention away from the present moment. Children feel this distractedness and act in ways to pull attention back to the present moment, to them, to meet developmental needs. Children haven’t changed much over the ages: their […]

Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

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A new book questions claims that today’s kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations. It seems as if everyone has something negative to say about the younger generation. Critics call today’s kids narcissistic and spoiled, blaming parents for being too permissive and overprotective.

Member Musings: Picking up Trash

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I started picking up all the trash out of the sandbox at our local playground, grumbling in my thoughts about the mess and people who don’t care or clean up after their kids. But as I gathered up candy wrappers and juice boxes and cupcake wrappers,

Breastfeeding & Pumping

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If you’re breastfeeding a new baby, chances are at some point you’ll need to have someone else feed your baby. If you’re like millions of other moms, you may be wondering about how to pump and store milk, whether you’re going back to work or would like to be able to be away from the […]

Member Musings: Respecting my Child

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I have been wrestling with a bad feeling when I go to change the boy’s diaper. He often doesn’t want to interrupt whatever he’s doing to get a diaper change, even when “it’s really time.” I can get by with distraction, making it fun, all that stuff. The hard part is the way he protests: […]

Member Musings: What We Choose to Feel

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I often hear women speak of the pain of childbirth. “Why would I want to feel that?,” they cry. “Why on earth would I want to feel that pain?” I invite you to consider that the sensations of birthing your baby

Do-It-Yourself Nontoxic Cleaning Wipes

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Hundreds of chemicals have been found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, and the lower you go down the socioeconomic scale in this country, the worse it is. How are the bioaccumilative effects of these chemicals affecting us, and worse, how are they affecting our babies?

Member Musings: The Dog Connection

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Friends, and strangers, often ask if we enjoy having a new dog in our home. Well…. Adopting our rescue puppy was the single greatest addition to our family since the birth of my child. Our child has a new “brother”, and we have a new (fur) baby.

Member Musings: Living Life to the Fullest

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Maybe the lesson isn’t to live each day as if it were YOUR last, but rather to live it as if it is everyone else’s last. What impression do you want to leave on that temporary life?  Look around at all you share this planet with and hold them dear. Is there some gesture unacknowledged, […]

Do You Prefer Childlike Wonder or Adultlike Wonder?

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The other night, I was at a dinner party, and a new acquaintance told me that he wanted to cultivate a life of childlike wonder and adventure. I was intrigued. What an interesting aim. I was particularly struck by his use of the adjective “childlike.” He used this phrase, “childlike wonder,” a few times, so clearly […]