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You Know You’re An Attachment Parent When…

    Attachment parenting is a way of life that promotes a secure parent-child attachment. It is a belief that children are people too, that punishments are worthless, and that makes parents question and research everything they ever do. People that practice attachment parenting focus on nurturing bonds through empathy and closeness. Not sure if you practice attachment parenting or …

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From Gigs To Grocery Shopping Alone

Remember those pre kid things you did? The things that made you feel alive and free? I used to love sifting through op shops, going to gigs, travelling, and one of my all time favourites, drinking wine and eating chocolate while my housemates and I gave one another epic long massages. And I did them all without the slightest inkling …

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How “Parent Meditating” Can Change Your Life

  How can “parent meditating” change your life? What is parent meditation? Parent meditation is the simple act of completely focusing on your child in a specific moment; their essence; their features; their voice. It is the act of being fully present and aware of them in a completely evaluation and judgment-free zone. When you fully focus and fully appreciate …

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Please Don’t Make Your Child Say “Sorry” To My Child

If your child hurts my child, please don’t insist they apologise. And absolutely do not ask them to “kiss her all better.” Little people push, hit, bite and lash out. This is completely natural and developmentally appropriate. Parents usually swoop in with embarrassed phrases like “tell ____ you’re sorry” or, even worse, “hug/kiss ____ all better”. No. Definitely not. I …

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The quest for quality child care: The au pair program explained

  As any working parent knows, finding the right child care is a daunting task. That goes double for attachment parents. We have spent countless hours holding our babies, wearing them, and sleeping next to them. We have nursed and rocked them for ages. We’ve researched diapers and baby-led weaning. We have set up yes environments. And now we are supposed …

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How To Snap Out Of Snapping At Your Kids

This past week I’ve been struggling a lot. Struggling with balance, with taking care of my body (like eating because I’ve got too many other things that I want to do so I forget to eat), with taking my emotional temperature frequently, or with being distracted and detached from my kids. The biggest cause of snapping at my kids is distraction. …

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10 Ways To Simplify & Enjoy Life More

  Parenting is a tough gig. Now that I have three kids, I look back to the days of being a one child family and envisage how much easier it was. But you know what, it actually wasn’t. Nor was it any easier when we only had two sweet treasures. Sure, there are new demands and extra little people thrown …

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How to Help Children Cope With a Move

Whether you are moving across the street, across the city, across the country, or across the world, a move is a big deal; a huge transition; a gargantuan adjustment. It’s an adjustment for the adults and most definitely an adjustment for the kids. We’ve moved a lot since our babies were born and I would love to share our tips and …

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Are You Suffering From Parenting Burnout?

  “I’m so over this.” “I give up.” “I don’t care.” “Do what you want.” Are you feeling trapped by your life? Do you feel weighed down by the demands and responsibilities that are placed on your shoulders? Do you feel resentful and exhausted; like you can’t ever get a break? Are you impatient? Irritable? Depressed? You may be suffering from …

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How to Teach Children About Consent

What is consent? According to the University of Michigan Policy on Sexual Misconduct by Students, consent is defined as, “… a clear and unambiguous agreement, expressed in mutually understandable words or actions, to engage in a particular activity.  Consent can be withdrawn by either party at any point. Consent must be voluntarily given and may not be valid if a person is …