Amber Strocel

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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Meeting the Needs of Multiple Children

April 1, 2010

When I was expecting my first child I worried about a lot of things. What kind of mother would I be? What would childbirth be like? Would breastfeeding work? When I was expecting my second child, most of those questions had been answered. My children are 3 1/2 years apart, so by the time I […]

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Overcoming Isolation When a Baby Arrives

March 10, 2010

Welcoming your first baby is a very overwhelming experience for many parents. In North American culture very few of us spend much time around newborns until we have our own. I probably clocked in about 17 minutes total holding other people’s new arrivals before my daughter was born. Most of us just don’t see a […]

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Co-sleeping Outside the Family Bed

February 2, 2010

I love co-sleeping, and I have co-slept in one capacity or another with both of my children. There are few things sweeter than curling up to sleep with my toddler and sharing a good night’s rest. Co-sleeping has made breastfeeding easier, it has helped my babies to sleep better and it has meant that I […]

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