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Normalizing Extended Breastfeeding

May 15, 2012

The Momosphere is all atwitter over Time Magazine’s cover story: “Are You Mom Enough?” From its “shocking” cover photo to its provocative title, it’s obvious Time was shooting for “mommy war” controversy (something I work hard to stay away from). If I shy away from controversy, why would I ever agree to the possibility of […]

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Gentle Parenting Ideas Series: Diaper Changes

March 15, 2011

This post is the fifth in a series about gentle parenting through potential power struggles with your toddler or preschooler. Each post will give you ideas and examples for using love, patience, and creativity to work through some fairly common parent/toddler areas of concern: brushing teeth, getting into the car seat, meals/eating, grocery shopping, diaper […]

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10 Ideas to Help Children Learn to Say “Thank You”

February 21, 2011

I do not believe in forcing or shaming children into reciting social niceties when they don’t mean them, (1) but I can appreciate that children who practice those niceties can find it easier to function among peers and adults. And while I think that modeling is the most effective (and easiest!) way to impart the […]

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Gentle Parenting Ideas Series: Shopping Trips

January 19, 2011

This post is the fourth in a series about gentle parenting through potential power struggles with your toddler or preschooler. Each post will give you ideas and examples for using love, patience, and creativity to work through some fairly common parent/toddler areas of concern: brushing teeth, getting into the car seat, meals/eating, grocery shopping, diaper […]

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Gentle Parenting Ideas Series: Meals and Eating

November 10, 2010

This post is the third in a series about gentle parenting through potential power struggles with your toddler or preschooler. Each post will give you ideas and examples for using love, patience, and creativity to work through some fairly common parent/toddler areas of concern: brushing teeth, getting into the car seat, meals/eating, grocery shopping, diaper […]

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Gentle Parenting Ideas Series: Getting Into the Car Seat

October 29, 2010

This post is the second in a series about gentle parenting through potential power struggles with your toddler or preschooler. Each post will give you ideas and examples for using love, patience, and creativity to work through some fairly common areas of concern: brushing teeth, getting into the car seat, meals/eating, shopping, diaper changes, picking […]

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Gentle Parenting Ideas Series: Brushing Teeth

September 23, 2010

This post is the first in a series about gentle parenting through potential power struggles with your toddler or preschooler. (1) Each post will give you ideas and examples for using love, patience, and creativity to work through some fairly common areas of concern: brushing teeth, getting into the car seat, meals/eating, shopping, diaper changes, […]

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Ten Ways to Gently Respond When Children Say “I Can’t!”

September 20, 2010

Our son, Kieran, has been struggling with a bout of the “I cannot’s” lately. “I cannot take my shirt off, you do it mama.” “I cannot ride my scooter! I cannot!” “I cannot glue the ribbon on.” At first, I tried to isolate the problem: Am I asking him to do too much? His “can’ts” […]

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