Parenthood

8 Ways to Help Young Siblings Have a Loving Relationship

Natural Parenting

Welcome to the August 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Sibling Revelry 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 siblings — their own, their hopes for their kids, and more. Please read to the end […]

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3 Truths About the Twos: Why They Aren’t So Terrible

Mama's Musings

If you have yet to experience the two’s, or if you’re wading your way through its midst as we are, here’s what I would like to share about it

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11 Truths I Want to Share With Mamas Expecting Their Second Child

Memoir & Poetry

This is the post I’ve been mentally writing since my second baby’s birth!

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The Best Natural Parenting Resources of 2012

Natural Parenting

Bookmark worthy natural parenting posts from the volunteers at Natural Parents Network.

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A Poem for My Baby Girl

Mama's Musings

Mama’s poem for her baby girl

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How to Make Your Second Baby Feel Special

Natural Parenting

Thank you to Maria of Life, Loss and Other Things Worth Mentioning for this very relevant guest post as I babymoon with my second child! When a mother has her first baby, there is something irreplaceable about those quiet days spent napping, nursing, and tiptoeing around the house silently sweeping, baking, and preparing dinner.  When […]

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5 Chores Your Toddler Can Do!

Natural Parenting

Today’s guest post is by Michelle of Everything’s Abuzz! After my recent post, Moving From One to Two, I was asked by several friends how I actually get anything done with two little children and especially ones that are 19 months apart. The answer for me? I get them involved…in chores! GASP! The main tip […]

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Rewriting the Baby Milestones

Mama's Musings

This post was originally a guest post that I wrote for Hobo Mama in summer of 2011, but with 5 week old Little Sister now in our lives, I’m thinking about this topic once again. When Baby was born, I experienced every cliche a new mama expects to encounter. I was in love; Baby was […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Paternity Leave (LINKY)

Wordless Wednesday

Our little girl was born on May 30th, and I feel so incredibly lucky that my husband took a 3 week paternity leave in celebration of this event. It was such a special, honeymoon-ish time for our family, and I am beyond thankful to my husband who does so, so much more than his share […]

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10 things I am glad I did NOT know before becoming a mother

Natural Parenting

During pregnancy, experienced mothers cannot help but share their pearls of mommy wisdom. Soon to be first time moms soak up this information hoping that the right bits of advice will flood their brain when they need it most. No matter how much advice and encouragement you are given, every mama always has lists about […]

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Dear Baby, You’re 23 Months Old – Unforgettable Moments

Mama's Musings

Dear Baby, This week, you turned 23 months old, and there are so many things about who you are right now that I never want to forget. With Little Sister due to arrive at any moment, I find myself savoring every little moment with you even more than usual. You’re so excited to be a […]

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Caring for Your Toddler in the Last Weeks of Pregnancy: 7 Things That Work for Me

Natural Parenting

When you’re in the last weeks and days of pregnancy, it can be difficult to care for an active toddler. If you’re anything like me you feel big, slow, and tired – very tired – and that can be challenging when you want to make the most of your child’s last days with your undivided […]

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How to Rock Your Baby: How-To’s & Advice From Real Life Moms – Giveaway! {U.S. & CAN; 5/15}

Pregnancy

With my second baby due very soon, it was a pleasure to read Erin Bried’s new book, How to Rock Your Baby and Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms. This was a funny and heartwarming read. Although it is based on Erin’s experience as a first time mom, I thought it was so helpful for […]

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How Does Attachment Parenting Foster Independence?

Green & Healthy Living

I am thrilled to have my first article published in the new Spring issue of Green Child Magazine! The article covers a topic that is near and dear to my heart: Attachment parenting, or natural parenting, and how its principles can actually help you raise an independent child – even though that may sound counterintuitive. […]

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Dirty Secrets of a Green & Natural Mama (and Why I’m Not Afraid to Share Them!)

Green & Healthy Living

Welcome to the “I’m a Natural Parent – BUT…” Carnival This post was written for inclusion in the carnival hosted by The Artful Mama and Natural Parents Network. During this carnival our participants have focused on the many different forms and shapes Natural Parenting can take in our community. *** When Shannon from The Artful […]

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3 Tips for Interacting with Other Parents Respectfully When You Disagree with Them

Natural Parenting

Welcome to the February 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Respectful Interactions With Other Parents 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 focused on how we can communicate with other parents compassionately. *** Sometimes talking about parenting […]

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5 Reasons I Love Having a Toddler

Natural Parenting

I often remember back to when Baby was an infant and true little baby, and how I thought life could never be better. Babyhood seemed like the most amazing stage of life, and I was so sad that Baby would turn one and enter toddlerhood. If you’re a mama of a little baby, I’m here […]

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There are few better teachers than frustration

Natural Parenting

This is a guest post by Dave at Folkabout Baby. When your baby first tries anything, whether it’s crawling, walking, or talking, they won’t be very good at it. It’s a given.   This, of course, is frustrating to them. They won’t be happy when they can’t do something, and their first reaction will be […]

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5 Constructive Ways to Combat Anger

Natural Parenting

Today’s guest post is by Amanda of Let’s Take the Metro. Amanda is a fellow volunteer on the Natural Parents Network team and I particularly love Amanda for her awesome sense of humor. Apparently, she has anger issues though, so watch out! (Just kidding!) Anger is a perfectly natural emotion to feel at one time […]

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Dealing with Children’s Feelings

Natural Parenting

This is a guest post by Dionna of Code Name: Mama. Dionna is co-founder of Natural Parents Network and someone who regularly inspires me with her wisdom and gentle parenting. I have been reading “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk.” The very first chapter gave me a lot […]

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