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Where are the Kids? Bringing Play Back to the Streets

Reading Time: 5 minutes We all know that play is the work of children. If that is not already a given for you then you need to read THIS. And THIS. And watch THIS. And the many, many more studies and articles that point out the importance of play for kids and why we are causing serious damage by not giving them the time …

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Why Kids Don’t Need School to Learn Math

Reading Time: 6 minutes Let’s be honest for a minute. How many of you had a good experience with math when you went to school? I know I didn’t, and it’s really unfortunate because I think I could have loved math. I used play all sorts of counting games as a kid: counting my steps, counting coins, doing it in groups of 2, 4, …

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Why I Let My 5 Year Old Use A Sharp Knife

Reading Time: 4 minutes My five year old loves to help. REALLY help. Not in the ‘here’s bowl for you to pour some flour into’ kind of way. She wants to be a part of the real work we do. We run a business and when she comes to the shop with us she sweeps and mops the floors, she washes walls and cleans …

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Sometimes I Just Want to Get Out of the F’ing Bed!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Attachment Parents, you know what I’m talking about, right? I’m talking about the epic bedtime nights, the nights where you nurse your 17 month old to sleep and then your 5 year old comes up and flops around for an hour while you tell stories and sing to her, trying to get her to just relax and stop moving long …

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The Chaos & The Calm and The Parenting In-Between

Reading Time: 3 minutes   “Go Play” “Not Right Now” “In A Minute” “Hurry Up” “Maybe Later” I’ve kind of sucked at parenting lately I think. It’s a busy time in our lives right now. We have been doing a lot of ‘adulting’ and my relationship with my daughter is suffering. It’s not without reason. We are about to move our family across an …

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The Myth of the Sleeping Baby

Reading Time: 4 minutes Millions of dollars are spent by parents every year on books and programs to help them get their babies to sleep. The problem is they are missing one fundamental truth: Babies Don’t Sleep or more specifically Babies Don’t Sleep Through the Night There. I just saved your $14 on your next Amazon purchase for one of the 51,165 books available …

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Attachment Parenting: Playing the Long Game

Reading Time: 4 minutes Many of us discovered attachment parenting when our kids were tiny babies. We chose to hold them close, perhaps sleep with them, not let them cry, respond to their needs. We read about other parents like us and came to define ourselves as attachment parents as we worked to allow our kids to form secure attachments to us. Then our …

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Respecting Childhood

Reading Time: 3 minutes Did you remember to thank your server for your coffee refill last time you were out? Did someone force you to say it? Did you say please to the butcher when you asked for a pound of ground beef? Did he stare at you blankly until you said the magic word to get what you needed? Did you tell your …

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Closing the All Night Milk Buffet: A Gentle Approach to Night Weaning

Reading Time: 7 minutes Night weaning. Two little words that get thrown around in gentle parenting circles like sleep training does in their mainstream counterparts. Mamas who are nursing on demand throughout the night for one, two, three plus years are tired. Deep down tired. Tears are shed, wills are broken and sometimes we just can’t take it anymore. I’ve been there. When my …

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Why I Clean Up My Four Year Old’s Messes

Reading Time: 3 minutes When my daughter was one she would drop her food all over the floor. I would clean it up. When my daughter was two she would throw play dough all over the room. I would clean it up. When my daughter was three she would pull all her toys out and leave them everywhere. I would clean it up. Now …