How To Calm Your Biggest Parenting Fears

How To Calm Your Biggest Parenting Fears

Parenting, Parenting Solutions
The world is a scary place. There’s no denying the fact that there are thousands of potentially dangerous, unknown hazards and challenging obstacles facing us at any given moment. When we think about fears related to our kids and parenting, the list may get pretty long.  If we really stop and think about it, there are a lot of reasons to be afraid. Having a healthy dose of fear helps us make good choices. It keeps us from getting into dangerous situations or acting impulsively. However, fear can become too big. It can start to overshadow reality. It can start to leak into our everyday life and impact the relationship with our family, friends and even our kids. So, how do we hold onto a healthy understanding of fear while also…
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4 Mindfulness Practices to Move from Surviving to Thriving in Parenting

4 Mindfulness Practices to Move from Surviving to Thriving in Parenting

Parenting Solutions, Tweens 10-12 years
Mindfulness is a sure way to flourish. It can be described as being fully aware of the present moment. The dictionary tells us it is ‘the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something’. Keeping it nice and simple, mindfulness is our ability to notice what is happening within us and around us, without judgement. Mindfulness helps us to not jump forward into the future with the worry of ‘what if’ or constantly lament or revisit the past with ‘but why?’. It helps us to find steadiness in the right here and now, to be “fully present, aware and awake”. With mindfulness you can bring more ease into the smallest of jobs like doing the dishes or a bigger challenge like handling a tantrum (yours or your child’s).…
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What’s Under the Angst?

Family Communication, Parenting
Decoding The Messages That May Be Hidden In What Children Say Written By Kassandra Brown “I want a lollipop and a cupcake!” “No, you can pick one or the other.” “But I want both!” “I know you want both. The sugar is really tasty, but it’s already more sugar than I want you to have. You may pick one.” “You’re not fair! I hate you! You’re an awful mom!” “I hear you’re really upset and you really want both. How about half of each?” “No. I want all of both!” The argument went on, but I think you get the idea. My daughter wanted the sweets and I was saying no. My attempts to empathetically listen and reflect came a little late and didn’t seem to be creating harmony. As a…
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First Year Series: The Mother Within

First Year Series: The Mother Within

Parenting
The first year of motherhood is extraordinary - so many changes, so many possibilities.  The First Year Series at Positive Parenting Connection is aimed at giving first time mothers a chance to share their  experiences with other readers to inspire, share, enjoy and celebrate the journey of motherhood. Today I am weloming first time mom, Liza, author and creator of baby/food blog PramSandwich.  Liza is sharing all about finding and listening to the mother within. *** When my baby was born, suddenly the world was reduced to just him and me. All I could think about those first few days was how precious he was and how I would do anything to protect him. In hospital I lay awake watching him in his crib and waiting until I could hold…
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Finding your mama-groove: 5 ways to Eliminate Judge/Be Judged Mentality

Finding your mama-groove: 5 ways to Eliminate Judge/Be Judged Mentality

Parenting
Welcome to the February 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Respectful Interactions with Other Parents This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have focused on how we can communicate with other parents compassionately. ***   Breastfeed or formula feed? Epidural or au-naturel? Organic or conventional? Vaccines or no vaccines? Re-usable or disposable diapers? Time-outs or Time-ins? Crib or Co-sleeping? School, homeschool or unschool? The questions seem so simple on the surface but most parents know, the choices, the possibilities are endless and these questions have started wars in the parenting world. In my experience, pretty much the day the pregnancy test has two lines on it, parenting advice will be dished out as…
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No Mom is an Island

Parenting
I remember long ago, in the fourth grade, my social sciences teacher talked to us about the phrase "No man is an island." (It is a quote from John Donne) We went on to discuss how as people, we cannot truly develop and thrive in isolation, that having families, friends and interests that bring us together were key to having happy, successful lives. Today, I am returning from a five day trip to Germany, headed back to our relatively new home in Switzerland. I had the chance to visit my old Village and my amazing group of friends.All the while driving away from our old village to my inlaws house where we spent the night before heading home I thought about that quote with a little change in it. No…
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