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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 of us. Shortly before he turned seven, he started asking me again to teach him how to knit. It was my annual pre-Christmas gift-making frenzy period, and I managed to...

Calling for Submissions for the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself

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Teach us how to do something with your best tutorial – on anything. Reflect on how hard it is to get things done with kids, or how inspiring it is to include them in projects. Let's get something done this month!

Do Families Outgrow Attachment Parenting?

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It saddens me that because so many of the AP ideals revolve around babyhood, parents get confused about how AP could possibly apply to older children. But attachment parenting is about building healthy relationships. Period.

Whistling While We Work: On Kids and Chores

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I realized recently that I often feel resentful when I'm carrying more than my share of the household load. And so several weeks ago, I brought a laundry basket full of napkins, wipes, and socks upstairs and unceremoniously dumped it on the floor. Thus began a regular series of household responsibilities for my kids.

January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Household Chores

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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 January 2015! (Check out December, November, September, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and...

The Gift of Letting Go

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People-pleasing perfectionists can have a really hard time reigning it in during Christmas. Today I'm sharing why I'm backing away from Pinterest and lifting my self-imposed expectations about gift-giving.

Calling for Submissions for the December Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

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We're talking materialism! What have relatives or friends bought your family or kids that were hits out of the park? What gifts have tanked? What recommendations would you have for gift givers, and what's on your wish list this year? What gifts have you given that showed what an awesome gifter you are? Let's talk presents this holiday season!

Family Zentangle Fun: Tutorials and Activity Ideas to Get You Started

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Welcome to the November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Indoor Play This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared ideas and inspiration to keep families happy and healthy while cooped up indoors. *** Everywhere I go, it seems someone is talking about or doing a zentangle. Zentangle is a beautiful artform...

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