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Complaining About Kids: Necessary Venting or Time for Change?

Complaining about our kids has become a standard requirement of the motherhood conversation. Is it really accomplishing what we think it is though?

It seems we have a misunderstanding. We have come to accept complaining about kids as a necessity of motherhood. We have been so wronged in our role as mother that it requires large amounts of bitching and wine to even think about processing the injustice that happened to us the day our first child was born. This sounds dramatic, I know. But look … Continue Reading...

Barefoot Book of Children Gift Set Giveaway! Raise Global Awareness in Your Home

Barefoot Book of Children Gift Set Giveaway! Raise global awareness starting in your own home!

If you want to know why I love Barefoot books so much, click here. They represent all of us- every color of skin, every ability, and every kind of family. They are important and beautiful. This is why I am giving away a copy of the AMAZING Barefoot Book of Children and the matching memory game. I would love to see a copy of this in every home and … Continue Reading...

For The Overweight Runner Mom Who Gets Out There Extra Weight & All

Self criticism comes easy for the overweight runner mom. When we stick with it though there come a point where we learn our self worth. This is for you.

Far more inspiring to me than elite marathon runners is the overweight runner mom who decides to lace up her shoes (or get on the mat, or hop on the bike) after a long time off. With extra weight on her body from carrying and caring for her beautiful babies she puts one foot in front of the other. Sometimes she runs more slowly than she can walk, … Continue Reading...

Respectful Parenting Would Never Work With My Kid: Are you Sure?

Many parents believe respectful parenting would not work with their kids. Is it possible that disrespectful children are different?

When we talk openly about treating children like people and share that we do not punish, force sleep, require everyone at a family dinner table, have chores, or otherwise treat our children like second class citizens we inevitably hear "respectful parenting would never work with my kid!" The implication is that kids who live with respectful … Continue Reading...

I Do Not Punish My Kids. Ever. What Does That Look Like?

Ever wondered what a punishment free home looks like? Is it kids wreaking havoc on the world? Nope. I do not punish my kids and they are still learning how to be good citizens.

We do not punish our kids. Ever. My 7.5 year old has never had a time-out, favorite toy withheld, or had to do chores to earn back things that she loves. My soon to be 10 year old has not had a time-out since he was two, and has never experienced another form of punishment. I am a recovering yeller, and had severe PMS for years, so they do not live … Continue Reading...

Resources for White Parents Who Will Confront Racism

Many of us white parents are ready to face our own racism but do not know where to start. How do we talk to our kids when we do not even understand it ourselves? Here are resources to get you started.

We white parents find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. If we did not know before, recent events have shown us clearly that racism is no better today than it was 50 or 60 years ago. That's hard to hear. Learning that our country was not built on freedom and equality for all, but freedom and equality for white people feels shocking. It leaves us … Continue Reading...

Racism: What Do We White People Say to Our Kids?

Racism. Many of us are just learning that it still exists. What are we supposed to say to our kids when we are just learning?

The atrocity in Charlottesville should have more conversations about racism than ever happening in white families. It is uncomfortable, though. Many of us are just learning how we perpetuate racism and that we ourselves are racist. Shouldn't we get a grasp of things before we start talking about it with our children? The answer is crystal clear: … Continue Reading...

Unconditional Love: Are Our Children Getting It?

unconditional love

In theory, we all agree that children should be loved unconditionally and accepted for who they are. They should not reconfigure themselves so that they can receive the full love and affection of their parents. By being born our children, they should have our unconditional love. We all agree, right? Well yes, in theory. In reality though, … Continue Reading...

Homeschool Socialization: The Irony of this Question is Lost on Most

Homeschool Socialization The Irony Is Lost on Most

Homeschool socialization has been talked about a zillion times. Homeschool parents know what a ridiculous question it is, but we all get it at some point (s) when we tell someone we homeschool. The question about homeschool socialization comes in different forms, such as "but what about socialization?" "I'd just worry about socialization" or … Continue Reading...

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