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How to Deal With Unwanted Parenting Advice

Reading Time: 2 minutes It can be frustrating and discouraging (or downright infuriating) when you try to share beautiful stories with your family or friends and receive terrible, unwanted advice.  Now is the time to arm yourselves with some tools to handle unsolicited parenting advice, comments and general negativity from people.

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Why Shy Is A Good Word

Reading Time: 4 minutes When my daughter was born she was very quickly labelled SHY. Before the ripe old age of 6 months people had started calling her by the ‘s-word’ and it spiraled from there. She spent most of the first 3 years of her life in my arms or on my lap. She rarely wanted to go to anyone else, even many …

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Managing big emotions (yours and your child’s)

Reading Time: 3 minutes One morning a few weeks ago, my two daughters were happily playing together in the backyard. Few things bring me more joy than watching their growing friendship develop. But at ages 4 and 2, the number of minutes that they can play well together without needing the services of a referee still tends to number in the single digits. On …

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Control, Let It Go

Reading Time: 3 minutes Control. Deny it all I like,  there’s a significant part of me that likes to have control. Eek, that’s not so easy to admit. Control, at least it’s negative aspects, is a pretty ugly word. I remember days gone by when I was all carefree, super chilled and pretty relaxed about practically everything. I thought that’s how I was anyway. …

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It’s Not An Emergency

Reading Time: 2 minutes   It’s not an emergency. It’s not an emergency. It’s not an emergency. I practice this mantra on a regular basis. But in the heat of the moment I still don’t always remember it.

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Nursing – I Used To Love It

Reading Time: 4 minutes I love our second born with all my heart.  I’d do anything in the world for her. So why do I have to stop myself from wanting to throw her as far away from me as possible when she’s nursing?! I used to love nursing her. Honestly I wish it just hurt. I wish it just felt annoying. I wish …

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Give Yourself a Break

Reading Time: 2 minutes As I walk down the street without a backwards glance, I can hear the continued screams from my one year old, in my husband’s arms, wanting to come with me. I push myself onward, fighting the burning in my eyes. The burn of sadness, guilt, and exhaustion. Sadness so strong that my every fiber wants to turn back and run …

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Connecting in a Distracted World

Reading Time: 6 minutes Sometimes life gets a little hectic. A little busy. Sometimes it is complete chaos. Sometimes our priorities fall out of balance for various reasons. A work deadline, a new baby, illness, conflict, or even just feeling the, sometimes dull, repetition of everyday life. When imbalance occurs, we can become disconnected from those that we love deepest: our children.

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My Descent Into Pink

Reading Time: 4 minutes We knew my daughter was going to be a girl. From the time we found out I vowed that she would not be shrouded in ‘the pink’ that has taken over the clothing, toy and life choices of baby girls. I was not a fan. Let me also pause here and say I don’t hate pink. I myself own a …

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Finding Joy Amidst The Daily Grind

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some days my heart feels heavy. I feel the weight of daily tasks. I’m not talking about when I have lots of chores, errands or appointments. Some days it’s just the simple, repetitive things that weigh me down. A part of me feels like this is absurd because deep down I’m always incredibly thankful for my life, my health and …