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The Hard Heart of Parenting

February 3, 2014

My body tenses. Teeth clench. Heart hardens. I don’t hurt him. I don’t yell. Yet, my heart hardens with frustration. My agenda to clothe my two-year-old collides with his interest in remaining naked. He wants to play with his trucks on the bedroom floor; I have a morning adventure planned. After several attempts to wrestle […]

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The Struggles We Face Only Make Us Stronger

December 6, 2013

On this day four years ago, I gave birth to my second child. I witnessed and experienced bringing another precious, miraculous life into this world and into my heart forever. Our gentle, loving and sweet little warrior, Aston. Our first nine months together were not easy. My lupus decided to painfully challenge us throughout my […]

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A Home Birthing Story

October 17, 2013

I’m pretty sure it never occurred to me I’d ever give birth at home. The first time around, I headed straight to the hospital, hooked up to the epidural, pushed her out and breathed a sigh of relief. After researching homebirth extensively while co-writing my book, my perspective on birthing began to shift. Birthing was […]

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Creative Parenting

October 7, 2013

The AP Month Blog Event is here! All month we will be featuring posts that best demonstrate this year’s theme of “Parenting Creatively: The Art of Parenting.” We hope you enjoy this post by Amy Ahart, who blogs at Moonpie’s Nap. “In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in book stores, child […]

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Angels on the Devil’s Backbone

September 20, 2013

I took a break from my worry and hiked the Devil’s Backbone in Loveland, Colorado. I saw a beautiful family; they were about 400 yards ahead of me, if you uncurled a track and rolled it out. This family screamed AP, although the only noises I heard were tree swallows singing, the quiet meadow hum, and the […]

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Dear Health Visitor, I Must Confess I Lied …

September 18, 2013

Posted by Louise, a mother living the United Kingdom. She blogs at mamabeanblog.blogspot.co.uk. “Health Visitors” in the UK health system are community nurses who provide routine developmental checks, care and support to newborns and their parents, including advice on feeding, sleeping and all aspects of newborn care. Dear Health Visitor, I must confess, I lied. […]

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Have No Fear

August 28, 2013

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali Children do not have this fear. I think it spills over to being a parent, too. I have learned by trial and error to not be afraid. I am not a perfect parent, nor will I ever be. When my son paints, he […]

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Never Stop Holding Hands

April 8, 2013

I remember when my children were newborns, they used to grasp my finger when I laid it in their tiny palms. A tight little grasp that seemed to say, “This is what I need. I want you here with me, and I’m not letting go.” I know it wasn’t cognitive; it was a reflex. A […]

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