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9 Things Kids Need to Know Before Leaving Home

About 11 years ago, I left behind my “required” education of high school and went out into the world. I left the nest. I no longer lived with a parent. I no longer had someone that woke me up before I needed to go to school in the morning. I no longer had someone reminding me that I had bills …

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Family bed inspiration: Twelve gorgeous bedrooms

Have you ever wanted to set up a family bed, but worried you couldn’t pull it off without an interior design fiasco? Do you want to take your mattress off the bed frame, but don’t want to look like you’re sleeping in a junkyard? We’ve gathered up a dozen pictures of beautiful family beds for eye candy and inspiration. 1. …

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How to Parent Without Punishment

Many of us grew up in households where the word of a parent was law… or else. We were expected to do what we were told, when we were told, and without complaining. Many heard the familiar words of “get over it” and “life’s not fair” when they did air their grievances about the way they were treated. When we …

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Dear Attachment Parent: How do I wean?

Dear Attachment Parent: My baby is almost 18 months old. I never thought I’d be breastfeeding a toddler, but my child is so attached to it. How do I wean?? Many moms today feel pressured to wean their children before either party is ready because of pressure from a society that doesn’t support breastfeeding. They may be too embarrassed to nurse …

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Are swimming lessons necessary? An unschooling perspective

Living in Central Texas, getting out to water is a necessity for surviving 4 or 5 months of heat.  Fortunately, we have a variety of amazing swimming holes here in the Austin area. That also means there is a lot of pressure to learn to swim early. There are baby swim classes for kids as young as 2 months old. …

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The Art of Biting Your Tongue

So I’ll start with some short stories that illustrate a need to bite your tongue sometimes… Story 1 My 6 year old, 2.5 year old, and I are winding down for bed. Well, I was. They were running in circles on our giant family bed. As they sprint in circles, the littlest one falls over the blankets. Me: Oops, careful! …

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Is Your Child Struggling Socially?

Have you ever witnessed your child struggling with their budding social life? They might not be accepted because they look different, or communicate in a different way. Perhaps they get picked on or pushed around. What about when a group of kids doesn’t want to accept a newcomer, and that newcomer is your child? What if your child doesn’t pick …

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7 Uses for Breastmilk Beyond Breastfeeding

Breast milk. Liquid gold. Double lattes. Whatever you call it, this magical fairy juice has many uses beyond nourishing our babies. Here is a list of things that you can use breast milk for beyond breastfeeding your child. (NOTE: THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE AND I AM NOT A DOCTOR. CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS! SOME OF THIS …

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People Need to Stop Being Nice

“That’s not very nice.”   “It would be nice if you would do…”   “It’s nice to compliment people.”  24 “Not sharing isn’t nice.”   “It would be nice of you if you would work overtime for me this weekend.”   Nice Nice Nice. Nice means to be pleasant or agreeable.   Instead of saying “be nice,” how about we say …

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8 Ways to Cope with the Stress of Parenting

Being a parent has so many positives. But with those positives comes a big dose of stress, chaos, and pressure. Parents have to sacrifice a lot more than they did pre-kid days like sleep, privacy, wants, and, a lot of times, needs. You might find that some crazy things come out of your mouth, as well.   “Am I providing an …