Calling for Submissions for the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the Life

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We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in March 2015! (Check out February, January, December 2014, November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for March 2015: Theme: Day in the Life: Pick a typical day, and take one photo an hour. Or...

Name It to Tame It

name it to tame it

To expect children to make wise decisions or to respond calmly in the face of stress (in other words, to act like the ideal adult) is not possible. Their brains are simply not wired yet to make the "right" choices. We build their capacity to make good decisions through modeling, empathy, and gentle guidance.

Distinguishing Between “Can’t” and “Won’t”

can't won't

Remembering that kids are kids - they're not miniature adults who share our priorities - can not only help us discipline more effectively, it can also free us from imposing expectations that are not realistic or age-appropriate.

Every Child Has a Story

every child has a story

Every child has a story. When you practice asking yourself those three questions before reacting, when you take time to consciously and thoughtfully connect, you are better able to see things from your child's perspective.

What’s the Point of Discipline? Three Questions to Ask Before Reacting to Misbehavior

three questions

For discipline to be truly effective, we need to consider both our short- and long-term goals. Check out three questions parents should ask themselves before disciplining in order to respond compassionately, instead of simply reacting.

Beginning Knitting Project for Kids: Knit a Pikachu

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What do you do with all of those practice squares you knit when you are a beginner? Turn them into Pokemon! Dionna's 7-year-old son, Kieran, brings us a video tutorial for this awesome knitting project for kids and adults.

Place Value Math Games

place value math games

Recently, I offered a Place Value Math Games class for one of our local homeschool cooperatives. Today I'm sharing the resources and activities I used.

That Light Bulb Moment

Kieran's knitting

When Kieran was maybe five years old, he asked me if he could learn to knit. He often watched me knitting and thought it was cool to see the yarn go from an endless string of nothing much to an intricately patterned something else. He spent a few painful afternoons of his five-year-old existence trying to use fine motor skills that simply hadn’t developed yet. It was frustrating for both...

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