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33 Reasons to Grow Bee Balm, Lavender, and Basil

March 6th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

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

March 2nd, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

“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

February 26th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

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…

Name It to Tame It

February 25th, 2015 by Dionna - 1 Comment

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”

February 20th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

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.

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