Presence

Four Principles To Use In Raising Children and Creating Peace In Your Family

November 13, 2012

Love. Patience. Presence. Respect. Our role as Parent is constant…ever-changing and ever-growing. We each have different parenting styles and we each face challenges differently as well. As an attachment parent, four of my fundamental principles are Love, Patience, Presence and Respect. There are many others but these four will sum up an important message I’d […]

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My Son’s Wedding

November 1, 2012

Guest post by Jenn McMillin I have the somewhat odd habit of daydreaming about my son’s wedding. Now, my son is only a toddler and is not betrothed to anyone so the exercise is purely hypothetical.  I’m not entirely sure why I do this, but since I’ve shared my secret, I’ll elaborate on my current […]

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Mommy’s here

October 5, 2012

Just after my daughter’s second birthday, she had a prescription to get blood drawn. I told myself it would be okay and I decided that it would be easier for her if she watched me do it first. We went to the local hospital. I had gone there many, many times during the past year […]

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Baby: from Other to Teacher

September 28, 2012

If you survey mainstream Western baby-care advice from the past two centuries, you’ll see a common theme: the perception that babies are wild beings who need to be tamed in order to be incorporated into family life. The concept of “otherness” is familiar in the history of humankind – it’s a driving force behind the […]

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Steal Like a Thief: Making Time for Your Muse

September 10, 2012

Photo by Megan Oteri ~ All Rights Reserved A good thief leaves no trace and leaves with a bounty. I say, steal time away like a thief. I just read a great article by my writing and personal inspiration, Anne Lamott. She wrote this article in Sunset magazine.  I was lucky enough to meet her recently.  She came to Raleigh, […]

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What’s the Word? Child Communication and Frustration

August 8, 2012

As adults, we’ve all experienced a language barrier at some point or another. You try and try to understand each other, but for some reason, your wires keep crossing. Depending on what the goal was, you may have just given up, politely disappointed, or angrily thrown your hands up in frustration. Now, consider preverbal babies […]

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Extra Pair of Eyes

July 23, 2012

I cannot underscore the importance of a supportive spouse, partner, or mother’s helper when you’re a work-from-home parent of a mobile baby or preverbal toddler. Just this week, my seven-month-old son has learned to climb the few steps between the family room, where my office is located, and the kitchen. I had hoped the steps […]

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Own Two Hands

June 22, 2012

By Deanna Spangler, API Leader in Roseville, California   So life in my house is busy with three girls ages 7, 5, and 2.  Not only am I a stay-at-home mom but I started homeschooling my oldest this year.  Busy doing the same tasks grossly repetitively I clean, teach, change diapers, laundry, errands – we […]

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