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The quest for quality child care: The au pair program explained

Reading Time: 4 minutes   As any working parent knows, finding the right child care is a daunting task. That goes double for attachment parents. We have spent countless hours holding our babies, wearing them, and sleeping next to them. We have nursed and rocked them for ages. We’ve researched diapers and baby-led weaning. We have set up yes environments. And now we are supposed …

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10 Ways To Simplify & Enjoy Life More

Reading Time: 5 minutes   Parenting is a tough gig. Now that I have three kids, I look back to the days of being a one child family and envisage how much easier it was. But you know what, it actually wasn’t. Nor was it any easier when we only had two sweet treasures. Sure, there are new demands and extra little people thrown …

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How to Help Children Cope With a Move

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whether you are moving across the street, across the city, across the country, or across the world, a move is a big deal; a huge transition; a gargantuan adjustment. It’s an adjustment for the adults and most definitely an adjustment for the kids. We’ve moved a lot since our babies were born and I would love to share our tips and …

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Are You Suffering From Parenting Burnout?

Reading Time: 4 minutes   “I’m so over this.” “I give up.” “I don’t care.” “Do what you want.” Are you feeling trapped by your life? Do you feel weighed down by the demands and responsibilities that are placed on your shoulders? Do you feel resentful and exhausted; like you can’t ever get a break? Are you impatient? Irritable? Depressed? You may be suffering from …

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How to Teach Children About Consent

Reading Time: 5 minutes What is consent? According to the University of Michigan Policy on Sexual Misconduct by Students, consent is defined as, “… a clear and unambiguous agreement, expressed in mutually understandable words or actions, to engage in a particular activity.  Consent can be withdrawn by either party at any point. Consent must be voluntarily given and may not be valid if a person is …

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How to Survive a Long Road Trip with Kids!

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last year we went on a road trip that was over 1500 miles. We had to make the drive in 4 days with a moving truck, a car, 2 adults, a 4 year old, a 1 year old, and a cat. Preparation and flexibility were key. We also added in a few more challenges (since we needed them and all), and …

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When Kids Ask The Tough Questions

Reading Time: 9 minutes I was in 5th grade. I went to the movie theater with my mom. We watched Step Mom with Susan Sarandon. I don’t remember much of the movie except that she died from cancer. I remember leaving the theater in tears. “Mom, are you going to die? I don’t want you to die!” I was in 6th grade. The news …

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How To Encourage Language And Communication

Reading Time: 3 minutes The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most empowering skills a child will learn. We all know the passionate and demonstrative frustration a toddler feels as they are learning how to impact the world around them. Many meltdowns occur as a result of our children trying to learn how to communicate their needs and desires. All too often …

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Let Them Go At Their Own Pace

Reading Time: 5 minutes What’s the best approach?… To let children go at their own pace? OR To encourage, even push, them a little? My gut tells me that our kids know best. They are pretty good at knowing what they can handle and when they can handle it. So far in our parenting journey we have witnessed two very different responses from our …

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Celebrating Autumn: A New Season is Here

Reading Time: 2 minutes Autumn arrives today in North America; the Autumnal Equinox. Leaves are changing, temperatures changing, daylight and darkness are changing. So much change happening. I love it! I love the briskness of the air, at least here in the Pacific Northwest, the bright leaves, the mix of rain and Sun, the smell of nature wafting through the atmosphere. With these changes, …