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4 Steps to Raising a Free-Range Family

November 6th, 2014 | 9 Comments

It is unlikely we will ever reach the point again where we rely on neighbors as a safety net; for most of us, reconstructing the village is an impossible task. What we can do is create a happy medium in which we give our children the respect and responsibility they are capable of and deserve, without fear of criminal punishment.  MORE

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“Mama, Please Wait!” The Benefits of Allowing Children to Ask for Flexibility

July 2nd, 2013 | 5 Comments

Sometimes we get caught up complaining that our children are not responding to us when we would like them to. We think they are dawdling, or taking their “sweet time”, “dragging their feet” or just being “selfish.” The thing is, often we expect flexibility from our children but forget to give it in return!  MORE

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The Overloaded Calendar

April 22nd, 2013 | 3 Comments

Do you know your social needs? Mine are limited. I don’t want a play date every day. If I spend more than an hour total on the phone in a day, I get grumpy. In the world we live in, it can be hard to set healthy boundaries, but I encourage you to take a moment and consider an area of your schedule where you could trim the fat.  MORE

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Practice Makes Better

March 7th, 2013 | Leave a comment

In an era of competitiveness and perfectionism, Justine explores ways that parents can combat their fear of failure and escape “Pressured Parents Phenomenon” to allow their children autonomy and self-regulation.  MORE

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A Necessary Season: Potty Learning as a Step in the Journey

January 11th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Potty learning in Laura’s home was an experience that became an unexpected joy in her season of mothering.  MORE

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A Healing Touch

December 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Sometimes, in caring for our children, you wind up caring for yourself in the most unexpected ways.  MORE

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Coping with Transition: The Three A’s

October 8th, 2012 | 4 Comments

It’s easy to feel discouraged during times of intense transition in your child’s life, and sometimes it takes awhile to realize that what you’re doing is no longer working. Use the 3 A’s to make a new plan!  MORE

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Talents of the Heart

December 30th, 2011 | 2 Comments

Our world is ruled by competition and recognition. Determination and excellent reign supreme. But shining light on other characteristics can lead to a more cooperative and compassionate society.  MORE

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