Category: ’Strive for Balance’

5 Ways to Extend Children’s Screen Time into Creative Learning Opportunities

October 8th, 2013 by Dionna - 18 Comments

Looking for a way to balance screen time with other fun learning experiences? Extend screen time off-screen. Here are 5 fun ways to take your child’s love of favorite shows or games and twist them into creative educational activities.

Attachment Parenting Does Not Mean Martyr Parenting: Parents Have Needs, Too

September 5th, 2013 by Dionna - 5 Comments

Attachment parenting considers the needs of children and caregivers. Attachment parenting means working to nurture a secure, trusting relationship in a balanced environment. Attachment parenting does not mean martyr parenting.

Letting Papa Do Bedtime

August 2nd, 2013 by Dionna - 9 Comments

Participating in the Sound of Music gave me a good reminder: it is a good thing to trust your partners (or other alternative caregivers) to take on some of your “normal” mama responsibilities.

5 Ideas to Make Hiking Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers

July 15th, 2013 by Dionna - 1 Comment

I want to pass on a love of hiking and the outdoors to our children. But in order to do that, I need to make sure our hiking adventures are fun for them. The interests and motivations of little ones are different from mine: whereas I wanted escape from a desk, my toddler might be more interested in the freedom to play in the dirt. Today I’m sharing 5 ideas to help make hiking fun for little ones.

12 Weaning Ceremonies

June 27th, 2013 by Dionna - Leave a comment

While we cherish the breastfeeding journey, it is rare in our culture to commemorate the end of breastfeeding with little more than a note in the baby book. If breastfeeding was important to you, consider celebrating your experiences and remembering this special transition with a weaning ceremony.


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