12 practical ways you can reconnect with your child.
When our child has a tantrum or meltdown it can trigger us parents. In this post I explore the ways to keep our own emotions in check so that we can be fully present when our child needs us the most.
Each Winter, we commit to taking on less than the year before come Spring. We reflect on how it would be nice to take things a bit easier with large scale projects so that we can slow down the pace, focus on getting our gardens established and begin to tackle the mountain of maintenance jobs […]
Patterns for consumerism are so easy to slide into. This way of being and relating to the world has become so innate that it feels normal. Our family is dedicated to reducing the number of purchases we make, but still, we end up slipping into the mind trap of ‘consumption means progress.’ We are just […]
I have been thinking about what skills I might need in order to live in community. I have thought about what would help to make me feel safe and comfortable. What would allow me to feel fully present and myself? Thinking about these questions made me realize that the times when I’m most comfortable are […]
When I read about respectful parenting or mindful parenting I was always confused about setting limits. There are very few examples in the literature, which makes it hard to figure it out. Once we did away with punishments, I found myself at a loss for what to do. When I was no longer relying on […]
How may things are needlessly judged as weeds? What makes some things less worthy to be considered as the indicators of a need? Isn’t it the weeds that show us where we need to plant more of what we do desire? But our culture is expert at sussing out ‘weeds.’ The trouble is that sometimes […]
We had a crazy hour around lunchtime yesterday. Over the summer we have fallen out of the rhythm of tidying up before lunch and dinner, which has put us right back into power struggles over the issue as we try to reestablish our routine. The children did not want to begin tidy-up time, despite several […]
This summer has been a busy one around here. We’ve been racing from one event to the next, taking weekend trips and day trips – packing as much into our days without coats as possible. We are tired. We are all tired. What seemed like a good idea at the beginning of the summer, to […]
This past weekend we invited friends over to learn how to graft fruit trees! Rob and a couple of other attendees have attended workshops with Ken Taylor to learn how to graft onto root stock. There were a few reasons for us to host a work party. Realistically, we have been meaning to do this […]