Cynthia is the “Ask the Mentor” editor for Natural Parents Network and blogs at The Hippie Housewife. She was previously an articles editor for NPN for most of last year. She and her husband have been married for five years, and are the proud parents of two boys ages 4 and 2, and are expecting a new addition in August. They enjoy life with their little ones, and look forward to adding more children to their family over the years.
Before her kids were born, Cynthia was fortunate to meet a mother who parented in a non traditional way. The more Cynthia experienced how this friend parented, the more sense gentle parenting made to her. While she has a few naturally minded friends who live nearby, most of the time she feels like she’s swimming against the stream. NPN provides the community she needs so that she doesn’t feel so alone on her parenting journey.
Cynthia started her blog to document her family’s journey toward a more intentional life, and to empower others to make their own informed parenting decisions. “Becoming a mother was a turning point in my life and the catalyst for a great deal of personal growth and healing… My hope is that
my blog will encourage others to parent with purpose and intention as well.”
- Elusive Lasts, is a lovely look at how to cherish the present, and a reminder to enjoy the little moments with your child because you never know when will be the last time they ask for middle of the night snuggles.
- Motherhood As An Introvert, being an introvert is her biggest challenge as a parent. How do you find that inward time to recharge when your little ones needs for you are so constant? Cynthia was surprised by how many mothers she heard from after posting this who are struggling with the same thing.
- The Days Are Long, is one of her most raw and real posts. “Even the most gentle of parents has a challenging day now and then; some days are just like that. It helps me to remember what older, wiser mothers have told me: ‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ After a rough day, sometimes all we can do is give thanks for the best parts and try again tomorrow.”
The thing that surprised her the most about parenthood was how funny her son was from an early age. That’s when she realized that her son was not just an extension of her, but a person in his own right. Once, after a particularly rough night of sleep, Cynthia told her oldest that he needed learn to stay in his bed all night. “Kids can’t learn to do that,” he replied. When she pointed out that lots of kids do, he said, “Well, only gew-wels [girls] do.” After she woke up more, they were able to brainstorm a solution that worked for the whole family. A favorite moment with her family was when she was making dinner and realized her kids had once again taken all the kitchen chairs to make a massive fort. Rather then squelch the fun, she slipped into the fort and called everyone in for dinner. “Flexibility and spontaneity make for the best memories!”
To try and maintain balance in her life, Cynthia tries to carve out time for herself, whether it’s to pursue her hobbies, take a walk, or sit in her room and write. She also insists on a daily quiet time while the little one naps and the oldest reads. She has a passion for intentional parenting and gentle birth, and dreams of helping other women realize their ideal birth by becoming a doula now while her children are young, and a midwife later.
Thank you for your hard work and gentle perspective. I always look forward to your blog posts.