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How To Snap Out Of Snapping At Your Kids

This past week I’ve been struggling a lot. I’ve been struggling with balance, with taking care of my body, with patience with my kids, and with being distracted and detached from them. The biggest cause of snapping at my kids is distraction (intermingled with that lack of rest and self-care). I’m working on something important to me and fail to recognize …

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12 Simple Ways To Connect With Your Kids

With any relationship, it takes effort to stay connected. With our children, there are often times where we are shuffling them from task to task without taking a moment to really connect with them. Breakfast. Get dressed. Brush teeth. Head out the door. Don’t head out the door. Change clothes again. Park dates. School. Appointments. Several meals a day. Bathroom …

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Why Are Kids So Competitive?

We sat at the community pool by our house, playing with some new friends. All of the kids ranged in ages from three to seven. One six year old said to a five year old, “I can swim without floaties. Can you?”  The five year old then said, “I’m a really good swimmer! I bet I can swim better than …

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Your Kid “Still” Does That?

Still. “You’re still breastfeeding?” “You still cosleep?” “He’s still not potty-trained?” “She still wakes up at night?” “You mean your child still acts in a way that is completely age-appropriate, natural, and normal?” Oh. Wait. You might have heard it, you might have even said it. I know I’ve heard it. When someone uses the word still in relation to …

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How Do Children Learn Empathy?

At the playground today, I was sitting on the sidewalk, looking down at my phone for a moment, as my kids ran back and forth, flower bush to slide. On one pass, my 6 year old slowed down and called out, “Are you alright, mom?” I looked up. “Yeah! I was just reading something on my phone.” “Oh, ok! It …

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Looking for a Reason to Breastfeed?

August 1st through 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. Put on by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, this will be the 25th annual celebration that encourages, advocates, and educates the world about the importance of breastfeeding. Though most people associate breastfeeding with improved health outcomes for babies, few understand how far-reaching nursing has the potential to be. In fact, the impact on …

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8 questions people ALWAYS ask unschoolers & homeschoolers

If you’ve been a homeschooling or unschooling parent for a while, you are probably already familiar with people commenting on and questioning your choices, or trying to single-handedly determine your child’s level of knowledge on the spot.  Next time you find yourself in the line of fire, try one of these responses.   1. What about socialization? That’s funny. When …

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I don’t play with my kids. Here’s why.

“Mama, will you play on the train with me?” my daughter asked, lining up the dining chairs to form a line of seats. “Sure! Where’s my seat on the train?” I responded, thinking we were about to engage in some good, old-fashioned pretend play together. This is what childhood is supposed to be all about, right? “You can sit riiiight …

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Dear Attachment Parent: Can I Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding?

Dear Attachment Parent: My first baby is still breastfeeding around the clock. We would like to have another child, but I don’t want to wean! Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding? Yes, you can absolutely get pregnant while breastfeeding. Most of us have her the tale of a couple who thought breastfeeding equals contraception and who now have two children …

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The Loneliness of Modern Parenthood

There is something I hear far too often. A quiet, frustrated cacophony of the mothers and fathers I see going about their days with their children. Often alone. Struggling. Holding too much stuff and too many hands. Spending too much time just getting from Point A to Point B. Eager for conversation at the playground with other parents, wanting to …