Category: ’Strive for Balance’

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.

9 Ways to Create Moments of Connection with Older Children

June 18th, 2013 by Dionna - 13 Comments

As my son grows into a full-fledged child – no longer a preschooler who depends on his parents for so much – I find that our moments of connection are fewer and farther in between. Those moments of intimacy that seemed to happen so naturally and frequently when he was younger have transformed into more intentional, discrete incidents. So these days I consciously create opportunities to be fully present and connect with Kieran.

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