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Happy Mother’s Day! A Video Interview with Dr. Laura Markham

Happy Mother's Day!

I recorded this video a little bit over a year ago as a part of an online eCourse I was creating, but I never finished the course and I just can’t withhold this gem of an interview any longer. So, to celebrate Mother’s Day I wanted to share this wonderful interview with Dr. Laura Markham […]

9 Gentle Parenting Hacks That Really Work

9 Gentle Parenting Hacks That Really Work

(I originally wrote this article for Lifehack.org) Parenting in a gentle and respectful way is no easy task, especially when your child is ignoring you, refusing to cooperate, or outright defying your every request. Sometimes offering a bit more direction can be helpful, but other times, it seems no matter what you do, you end […]

What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Experienced a Loss

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It’s hard to know what to say to someone who is mourning a loss, but there are several things that we’d all very much appreciate if you’d remove from your “comforting words” list. 1)   “Well, it could be worse. At least you weren’t farther along, I have a friend/sister/cousin who…” (insert a story of horrific […]

5 Ways Bringing Montessori Home Makes Life Easier

Cleaning up!

There are lots of reasons why I love Montessori education. It’s respectful, holistic, intellectually and socially stimulating, and child-directed. But one of my favorite things about Montessori is how much easier it is to be an adult spending time with children in a Montessori environment than it is in most any other environment. Here are […]

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013

Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013

Wow, 2013 was quite a year, wasn’t it? I started working as the office manager at my husband’s chiropractic office, continued coaching, spoke at a conference, and suffered a missed miscarriage. I also got my first tattoo and got pregnant again! Our daughter Julia started preschool at River Song School, a wonderful non-profit Montessori school […]

5 Habits that Make Parenting Easier

5 Habits that Make Parenting Easier

Parenting can be the most wonderful and the most challenging experience of our lives. Things that used to seem easy, like getting to an appointment on time or grocery shopping can become all but impossible. We can easily slip into bad habits that create tension, power struggles, and conflict with the very people with whom […]

What Everybody Ought to Know About Talking to Kids About Sex

Having "The Talk"

Well, it happened. I was rocking Julia before bed a couple of weeks ago and out of the blue she asked, “Mommy? How did Daddy get the seed into your mouth to start a baby growing?” I was a bit surprised to say the least, she’s only three years old after all, but I calmly […]

Easy DIY Bone Identification Lesson

Easy DIY Bone Identification Lesson

I bought this skeleton from Michael’s for under $10 last Halloween. Then I cut some card stock for labels. You could make it look even better by printing the words out on the card stock before cutting the labels. My daughter loves to play our “bone game!” Just present with the three part lesson and […]

3 Year Old Independently Hammers Nails

My daughter hammered nails outside by herself for about 20 minutes before I shot this video. Just a few weeks ago she was unable to start the nails or hammer them in independently, and now she can! I’m so proud of my little builder.

8 Ways to Help Kids With Anger

8 Ways to Help Kids With Anger

Emotion regulation is one of the biggest challenges children face. Heck, emotion regulation is one of the biggest challenges anybody faces! So how can we help kids learn to feel, express, and experience their emotions in a healthy and productive way? Joy and happiness are easy to encourage and enjoy. But when kids feel frustrated […]