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    My four- and five-year-old daughters go to a wonderful Montessori-style preschool. I had originally planned to homeschool, but my oldest daughter had some significant development delays that I was unable to address. I did not have the knowledge or training to work with her on cognitive processing and motor skill delays. And the preschool has [...]

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    I have spanked a child. Wow, that was hard to admit. It was before I fully embraced Attachment Parenting, way back when. I was a new parent, I was intrigued by AP and positive discipline, but I was struggling against the punishing mindset I grew up with. SpankOut Day is Monday, April 30. What will [...]

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    A monumental event happened in our home last night: My almost six-year-old daughter, my oldest, came to me sometime in the middle of the night after a scary dream to ask if she could sleep in my bed for the night. Half asleep, I pulled a pillow next to me and spread my blanket over [...]

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  • 05/10/12--12:29: A Trust Test
  • It’s one of those moments that parents never think will happen to them, and then suddenly they find themselves in that moment wondering how they got there and what it will take to get them out. Last weekend, I sat beside my oldest daughter as she lay in a hospital bed, waiting for a doctor [...]

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    Kids get bored so easily these days.  Back in the day, you had to be creative and find entertainment in the littlest things.  You had to get outside and plan a busy, busy day of exploring, hide and seek, tag and anything else that involved using your imagination. Now, kids have access to too much [...]

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    There is a pervasive myth that Attachment Parenting is done once the child has left the baby stage, when breastfeeding and babywearing are no longer appropriate or even possible to do. This is related to the same myth that prescribes only certain parenting techniques – namely breastfeeding, babywearing, bedsharing, and others – to parenting with [...]

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    It’s that dreaded time of the day for you and your child: tooth brushing time. You gently convince (and by that I mean nag) them to brush their teeth, then suddenly, all hell breaks loose! You get the same response every time: thrashing, screaming, twisting away, and a closed-shut jaw that clearly says, “No way!” [...]

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    Webcams offer a unique way to connect with loved ones across the country (or the world.) Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives will love the opportunity to see young children as they grow and have conversations with your older children. Webcams are also great for connecting with a parent who travels for business or is in the military.

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  • 11/14/12--20:43: Dollar Store Sensory Tubs
  • Children learn through doing, and they learn through play. When we provide them with rich sensory experiences such as tasting, touching, and smelling, we are helping them to think creatively and constructively. When you can’t go outside to explore, or you want to provide an outlet for a curious child, sensory tubs are great for building [...]

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    Participating in sports has many benefits that professionals and parents have known about for years. Sports can be a great way to provide your child with regular physical activity, routine and a structured environment to cultivate social and collaborative skills.

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  • 02/21/13--18:10: The Sex Talk
  • Last weekend, I picked up the fourth edition of A Child Is Born by Lennart Nilsson and Lars Hamberger, an absolutely brilliant, breath-taking photographic journey of a baby’s development from conception to birth. I am using it as a way of introducing sex to my children, the oldest of whom is six years old. Some [...]

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  • 06/03/13--22:18: Pediped Footwear Review
  • Pediped shoes are a supportive and flexible shoe for infants, toddlers, and kids of all ages. They make great shoes for babies who are learning to crawl and walk.

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    I believe that everyone can benefit from attachment parenting principles. So let's do some myth busting. Here are the top 5 myths about attachment parenting, and why they are not true.

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    Has your child or family member been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)? Maybe it's you that suffers from this disorder. If so, it's important to know that medication is not the only answer. There are natural treatments available for ADHD.

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    Making homemade playdough is simple and fun. This gingerbread playdough recipe makes a great gift when paired with a gingerbread man cookie cutter and some pretty packaging.

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    I'm sharing my favorite natural products that not only make great gifts, but also make excellent stocking stuffers. The best part? They are all $10 or less per stocking stuffer.

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    Featured post from Natural Family Today :

    Something a little ironic happened last night. I was watching one of my favorite TV shows on Hulu.com when up popped an ad for Children’s Motrin. The commercial of course promoted the idea that you should always have some of this medication on hand to be “prepared” to deal with basically any headache or fever caused by illness. It’s ironic because at the same time I was nursing a sick toddler who was running a fever and thinking about how I could keep him comfortable without giving him fever reducing medications. Why would I not be trying to bring down his fever you ask? Well, as we will explore in this article, despite a fever’s beneficial role in fighting illness, our culture has a serious problem with over-reacting to fevers, especially in children, and a serious problem in over-medicating in an effort to “bring down” a fever. Understanding How Fevers Work Before we can understand why a fever does not need to be treated aggressively we first need to understand how and why our body produces a fever when we are sick. A fever is the result of our inflammatory response system (one mechanism of our immune system) working to fight off whatever viral or bacterial infection we have. Signals are sent to the part of the brain that regulates body temperature (the anterior hypothalmus) and the brain responds by employing several methods of raising our body temperature, including decreased sweating, increased cellular metabolism, skeletal muscle shivering, and constriction of blood […]

    The article Are Fevers Good or Bad? Ending Fever Phobia was written by Vanessa Pruitt and originally published at Natural Family Today .


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    Featured post from Natural Family Today :

    It’s that dreaded time of the day for you and your child: tooth brushing time. You gently convince (and by that I mean

    The article How to Help Your Kids Enjoy Brushing their Teeth was written by MelissaPage and originally published at Natural Family Today .