Upcoming Round Table Discussion: Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings

Written by Mandy on June 12th, 2015


NPN RTD featureThe relationship between a parent and child is just that: a relationship. We can help foster a life-long loving relationship between our child and ourselves by parenting gently, respectfully, and with mindfulness. When we have more than one child, we add more relationships into the mix, ones that we hope our children will form for the rest of their lives.

peaceful parent, happy siblingsFor our upcoming session of Round Table Discussions, I would like to ask you to join Natural Parent Network volunteers as we read and discuss Dr. Laura Markham’s latest book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. If you are working toward developing and/or providing a co-operative, consensual living environment for your family and helping your young children development respectful, life-long, loving relationships with their siblings, come read along with us, as we discuss the book. If you have older children, as many of the volunteers do, you will probably also see some comments geared toward older kids and references to Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too.

It doesn’t matter where you are in your parenting journey. Grab a copy of the book, and join the following Natural Parent Network volunteers as they read and write about their thoughts regarding the book:

Emily Bartnikowski spends more time playing with her sons, Sebastian and Walter, than she does working on her in-progress novel and editing photos. Since children are only small once, she’s willing to let everything else slide. An almost-native of Texas, she now lives in Oregon – a relocation instigated by her husband’s career. She spends her free time rotating laundry and being generally five steps behind on the rest of the chores. When she gets even more free time she bakes, climbs rocks, daydreams about homesteading, takes dozens of pictures of whatever strikes her fancy, blogs at Embrita Blogging, researches homeschooling, photography, and mindful living, and writes about offing (made-up) people.

Shannon Elizabeth writes at The Artful Mama. She is currently taking an extended leave from teaching high school art to be a stay-at-home mom and birth doula. She has three boys, ages 5 years, 3 years, and 4 months, with her husband, who will also be reading along with us and sharing his thoughts.


profile picDionna Ford is a lawyer turned work at home mama of two amazing kids, Kieran and Ailia. You can normally find Dionna over at Code Name: Mama where she shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and homeschooling. Dionna describes herself as crunchy, but not crunchier than thou. She and her family spend their days living, learning, and laughing at home and around town in Kansas City. Dionna is the author of For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom, and co-author of Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxin-Free Recipes.

Julia Mangan embraces a natural, homeschooling lifestyle and enjoys staying home with her school age daughter and toddler son. She blogs at A Little Bit of All of It about those things she is passionate about like cloth diapering, breastfeeding (past infancy), bedsharing/cosleeping,baby-led solids, natural childbirth, attachment parenting, natural living, Christianity,miscarriage awareness, babywearing, and homeschooling.

Mandy O'BrienMandy O’Brien is married to her best friend and is a stay-at-home-mom to their five wonderful children, ages 12 1/2, 10 1/2, 8, 5, and 1 1/2 years. She holds multiple degrees in the sciences and music and is a self-proclaimed research fanatic. Her love of learning plays a large role in her unschooling journey with her family and her volunteer involvement with various homeschooling and parenting groups. You can find her at Living Peacefully with Children, where she writes about natural parenting and other topics. She is co-author of Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxin-Free Recipes.

Amy Phoenix is a gentle yet direct meditation facilitator, parent educator, author and mother of five committed to cultivating force free, trust full relationships. Amy provides resources for relaxing into parenting and life at Presence Parenting while she authors her first book, Force Free Parenting.


Katina Garduno-Roberts is and loves many things. Mostly she loves her husband and being a mommy to her four kiddos. Her background in Psychology and Health Promotion has her always asking questions and wondering what she can do to make her kiddos’ world a better, healthier place. During her “free” time she works as a Birth Doula, Life Coach, focusing on Parent Coaching, and is pursuing her certification as an aromatherapist. She also enjoys writing, photography, reading, yoga and sleeping (but to be honest, she doesn’t get to enjoy these things as often as she’d like!). You can find her blogging at MomeeeZen, where she writes mostly about life and all that comes along her {wild} parenting journey.






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Mandy O'Brien is an unschooling mom of five. She's an avid reader and self-proclaimed research fanatic. An active advocate of human rights, Mandy works to provide community programs through volunteer work. She is a co-author of the book Homemade Cleaners, where simple living and green cleaning meet science. She shares a glimpse into her life at Living Peacefully with Children, where she writes about various natural parenting subjects and is working to help parents identify with and normalize attachment parenting through Attachment Parents Get Real.

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