Motherhood Realized and Why We All Need a Good Friend

Motherhood Realized

I have a very dear friend, whom I’ve known since I was a gangly, tree-climbing girl.  We played tee ball together, had dance recitals together, and, though we spent our teenage years in different states, ended up rooming together in college.

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The New Deficiency, Formerly Known as “Childhood”

Protect Childhood

Children have not always been seen as children.

Waaaay back in medieval times, children were simply viewed as “small adults”.  Childhood wasn’t really seen as a critical period, different from adulthood.  The same rules, expectations, and responsibilities were applied equally to children and adults.  (Hence, the child kings, child brides, child laborers, etc.)

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How To Turn Photography Into A Personalized Learning Opportunity With Your Kids

I’m so excited to introduce you to one amazing woman who wears many hats!  Beryl Young is a mom, teacher, photographer, and the brains behind the amazing Momtographie workshop.  She’s here to share some great tips for helping kids experience, explore, and learn through photography.  This is part one of a two-part series, so be sure to come back for more of her awesome advice! (And be sure to check out her FREE workshop listed below!)

Kids Learn with Photography

In my previous life, before becoming a ‘photography coach for moms’ I was a public school teacher for 10 years. I spent 3 of those years in classrooms with Kindergarten and First graders and then spent another 7 years as a technology specialist for both students and staff.

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 4a: Kids, Power, and Action (Part 1)

RUN

It was not lost on me that I read most of this section while my three oldest boys, dressed as ninjas, ran in and out of the room, engaged in an ongoing sword fight/kidnapping plot/tickle war with my husband.

As I joined in some of the action, I could recognize what Dr. Jaak Panksepp has found in his studies, as shared by Heather Shumaker in her book,It’s OK Not to Share (*affiliate link):

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3 Basic Principles for Positive Parents

Positive Parenting

Anyone who’s had more than one child can attest that kids come with their own quirks.  Different temperaments, personalities, and needs.  It makes sense then, that there’s no ONE, RIGHT way to parent.  It takes an array of tools and approaches to be responsive when you’re dealing with different kids  — or simply the mood of the moment.

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Weekend Reads 4.12.14

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Articles:

Does Peaceful Parenting Mean Letting Kids Do Whatever They Want? {Aha Parenting}

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5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Dinner!

Get Kids to Eat!

We have some picky eaters in our family, and I’m not just talking about the shorter members.  I wrote recently about the boundaries we’ve set as a family when it comes to eating dinner.  Admittedly, those boundaries won’t work for every family, but they seem to work for us right now.

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It’s OK Not to Share Section 3b: Sharing People and Toys

friends

I was 24 when I got married.

That’s not old, I know, but considering the fact that I went to school in the state of Utah, where the median age for brides is the lowest in the nation, it felt a little old at the time.  I share this biographical tidbit as a way of assuring you that I have been on my fair share of blind dates.

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