Amber Strocel

What I Will Miss

December 17, 2010

I have two children. My daughter Hannah is 5 1/2, and my son Jacob is 2. While I like to believe that I’ve parented them in the same way, they are two very different little people. From their very first days, they have made their individuality clear. I have found this very freeing, as a […]

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Choosing Midwifery Care

November 12, 2010

Long before I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to have midwifery care. It was the first decision I made in preparation for pregnancy and birth. Now, looking back as the mother of a 5 1/2-year-old and a 2-year-old, I’m glad that I made that decision. I’ve had two midwife-attended births, and I would […]

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The Slow Road to Weaning

October 8, 2010

My toddler Jacob is now 2 years and 2 months old. He breastfeeds several times a day, especially at naptime or at night. Nursing remains an important source of comfort for him. And yet, I am slowly noticing shifts in Jacob’s nursing patterns. For example, at night now I can often re-settle him without nursing. […]

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Taking Attachment Parenting to School

September 17, 2010

My firstborn Hannah is now 5 years old, and we have decided to enroll her in our local public school for kindergarten. We made this decision for a number of reasons, but mostly what it comes down to is that this is what works best for our family. We all have to make our own […]

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Involving Children in Food

August 4, 2010

I breastfed both of my babies. Once we got the hang of things, it was easy. When they were hungry, or wanted comfort, they nursed. Simple. Then I introduced solid foods, and the world changed. Feeding with love and respect took on new meaning. Food altogether took on new meaning. Suddenly, there was a question […]

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Wearing a Toddler

July 5, 2010

My son Jacob is 22 months old. He loves to run and climb and jump and throw balls and all those things that toddlers do. He is no longer the babe in arms that he was for the first months of my life, carried from place to place by others. Today, he motors under his […]

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What Makes for a Positive Birth Experience?

June 4, 2010

My two children were both born in midwife-attended hospital births. I opted against using epidural anesthesia for a number of reasons. But the biggest factor, for me, was that with excellent support and relatively short labors I found the discomfort manageable. I trusted my husband and the midwives who were there with me. Looking back, […]

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Shopping at Toddler Pace

May 5, 2010

The grocery store is my parenting nemesis. Most, if not all, of my most stressful moments with my children have happened while shopping. From the parking lot, which makes me fear for my children’s safety, to the aisles filled with sugar-filled treats in colorful boxes at kid eye-level, to the disapproving glances of strangers, there […]

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