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Families of 4th graders: An opportunity to get in a national park for free

September 23, 2016

As a birthday present, I took my 5-year-old son for a one-on-one date to the museum today. I surprised him with a 3D viewing of a film on the smallest creatures in the ocean. We were the only people in the giant-screen theater, surrounded by amazing views of sea snails and clams and zooplankton. The […]

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Parenting for peace

September 21, 2016

“But peace is about much more than putting weapons aside. It is about building a global society in which people live free from poverty and share the benefits of prosperity. It is about growing together and supporting each other as a universal family.” ~ Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General There seems to be barely a day […]

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Bedtime together, beautiful and attached

September 14, 2016

My daughter and I stopped bedsharing a few months ago, just before her 2nd birthday. She was excited to move out of the daybed we shared in her room and into her own toddler bed. Even though we’ve shifted away from bedsharing, bedtime still remains for us a wonderful time of connection. Sometimes I hold […]

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From the family bed to the Peace Corps… Attachment Parenting is worth it in the end

September 8, 2016

This past week was an emotional one for us. Our 22-year old son departed for Namibia, a country in southwestern Africa. After several months of language and cultural training, he will spend 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching mathematics to young people, living in a village with a native family, and having little […]

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Staying centered despite your child’s public meltdown

September 2, 2016

You can tell a lot about a person by their shopping cart — and also how they deal with their toddler’s tantrum in the middle of the store. Clean-up needed in Aisle 9 — 3 year old having a meltdown after being in the store for 2 hours while Mom is looking for gravy packets. […]

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A mother’s reflections on her decision to honor her child’s spirit

August 31, 2016

I dropped off my 10-year-old daughter at the art museum for another fun, creative day of summer camp. I hovered by the Admissions Desk, watching the kids get settled in.  As part of their morning warm-up, the kids hang out in the museum’s atrium, and while they wait for their peers to arrive, they engage […]

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WBW 2016: 5 tips for a strong nursing relationship while working away from home

August 5, 2016

Editor’s note: Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals central to World Breastfeeding Week this year is a call for better workplace support of breastfeeding women. Certainly employers have a large part to play in meeting this goal, but women also need step up to advocate for themselves, their babies, and their right to express breastmilk […]

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4 positive discipline ideas for toddler hitting

July 26, 2016

Hitting is a normal toddler behavior that often begins between ages 1 ½ and 2 years old. There could be many different reasons, including the child being angry but unable to express it or you being unable to understand what he’s trying to express, a life change such as a new sibling, or simply the […]

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