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Your Voice Becomes Their Inner Voice

The first time I heard someone say “your voice will become their inner voice” I didn’t fully comprehend the truth and weight of the statement. It sounded a little full on and I personally felt an added pressure to this already incredibly hard parenting gig. However,  I started noticing my own internal voice…. It’s tone was a little harsh,  critical …

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Why the Chores Can Wait

“Mama! Hey mama! Do you wanna play with me?” her 3 year old asks as she tugs on her mama’s pant legs. “In a minute sweetie. I need to finish these dishes.” “Mama! Mama! Chase me!” She says with excitement. “In a minute. I have to get this done.” “Mama! Mama!” she tugs on mama’s shirt. “Can I help?” “Maybe …

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Why Breastfeeding in Public is Important For Our Society

Before I had my first child, I’d never actually witnessed the act of breastfeeding. I myself was a purely formula-fed baby. My mom didn’t even attempt it with me. She’d struggled with breastfeeding my older sibling and stopped after two weeks. She felt as if she had no other choice. Maybe, if she had seen mothers out in public nursing, …

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Inconvenient Meltdowns – How To Stay Calm

We know that when our children lose it, really lose it, to the point where they have practically ZERO control over their emotions and are beyond distressed,  that they need our support and understanding. I find it relatively easy to stay calm and support our poppet during a huge meltdown when we’re at home and have the luxury of not …

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At the Heart of It All: Homeschooling

As I sit here listening and watching my 4 year old building animal habitats, asking what they eat and when they sleep, I realize that this is what learning should always be. It should always be based around this consuming desire and curiosity about how and why things work. It should be about observing, searching, discovering, and testing. It should …

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This is it: How I Became an Attachment Parent

My mum once told me she thinks parents today research too much. I respectfully disagreed with her. I don’t think most parents research enough. I read and research about parenting A LOT, more than anything else. After my daughter was born I realized this was going to be the most important job of my life. This. This is it.

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Trust Those Instincts, Mama

When our eldest daughter was born five years ago, I wish someone – anyone – had said to trust my instincts. To go with my heart. Instead, maternal health nurses, well meaning friends, family and random strangers, all had a zillion different pieces of advice. Overwhelming much?!  Exactly. Being a first time mum, a big part of me felt like …

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Is there another way?

When my daughter was born, she liked to be held. We spent her newborn days snuggling in bed. Eventually we would get up and snuggle on the couch. After a couple of months I learned how to wrap her so I could carry her around for walks and around the house. It was lovely, but it didn’t leave me much …

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Born To Fly

Growing up, I wanted to be a chef. A journalist. A teacher. A children’s book author. A missionary. A world traveler. An actor. A doctor. I wanted to start an orphanage. Design a clothing line. Save the whales. Save the planet. Growing up, I believed that I could do these things and be successful, but I never tried them. I …