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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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