Connection Helps Calm the Chaos

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Connecting to and comforting a child who has misbehaved (or who is feeling any big emotion) allows the child to move out of a reactive state and into a receptive state. Once the child is more receptive, she can learn from discipline.

Holding Space for Children: Loving Through the Emotional Storms

Holding Space for Children

One of the things I do as a parent is to help my kids navigate their big feelings. To be a port of calm during their emotional storms, to help them name and tame their emotions, to model how to handle frustration, and to love them the whole time. I strive to hold space for my children.

85 Non-Food Spring & Easter Basket Ideas

85 Non-Food Spring & Easter Basket Ideas at Code Name: Mama

85 ideas (with tutorial links) for families who would like to avoid Easter and Ostara baskets full of sugary, processed foods (think Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs), or for egg hunts where there will be children with a variety of food allergies.

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We don't "homeschool," we "community-school"!

33 Reasons to Grow Bee Balm, Lavender, and Basil

33 Reasons to Grow

When I'm looking for plants to add to my gardens, I lean toward options that will not only give me beautiful blooms, but will also add value to our lives in other ways. Today I'm sharing 33 reasons we added lavender, basil, and bee balm to our garden last year.

Jackie’s Weaning Story: Mixed Feelings

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"I had mixed feelings about weaning. A part of me felt sad cutting that bond, while another part knew it was time to set her free from my body." Read more about Jackie's weaning story.

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...

Name It to Tame It

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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.

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