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.
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 […]
Parenting consciously is just plain hard work! The journey is as much about the children as the parent. I have grown and learned so much about myself as I have ventured down this path of gentle parenting. But as difficult as it is to look at the ways I could be more gentle with my […]
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 […]
Our culture has a very low tolerance for crying. I know this because I feel it in my gut every time one of my children begins. I think that our mammalian instinct to run to the aid of our child has been misplaced. Instead of a genuine care for the well being of our child, […]
I have written before about how my family values extreme empathy. We try to meet each other first by empathizing, whether it’s adults or children. We try to validate feelings and then work to find solutions. What is becoming clear to me is that even though we have this goal, it isn’t always achieved. There […]
A predictable schedule works for our home. We have a predictable rhythm to our days. But summer seems to throw a kink in this wheel, making it wobble and veer to one side. There are more things to do in the summer, and as it seems, so many reasons to cast aside the schedule we’ve […]
Dear Sir, Thank you for taking the time to stop me to address your concern for young children using computers. You took the time to engage with our family even though your sentiment wasn’t clear when you were lurking around the children’s computers glancing at my children then around the library while I was trying […]
When I think about what it means to me to be a ‘Permaculture Parent’ I feel that it really is defined by my approach to life. Looking for ways to live more in line with the Permaculture principles is a way of approaching life. When I change, those around me change. When I learn, those […]