Category Archives for Parenting

Cloth Diapering 101 & free printable supply checklist

​Cloth diapering has come a long way over the years. I remember watching my mother rinse Gerber diaper squares into the toilet, pinning dry squares together over my younger sisters’ bottoms, and covering them all with plastic pants. Cloth diapering was definitely not glamorous! This type of cloth diapering is what many people imagine still- […]

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Sometimes, we just have a bad day. But it doesn't have to stay that way! Here are five simple suggestions to salvage a bad day.

Pivot and refocus: 5 ways to salvage a bad day

Some days are destined for failure, right from the start. Recently, life has been an exhausting freight train of cold coffee, puking kids, messy house, too much laundry, missing chickens, jam that didn’t set, and wasted time. Your days might look a little different, but perhaps you recognize the feeling of desperate, sinking overwhelm.

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Outdoor time doesn’t have to mean an activity, a learning outcome, or planned event. Here are four tips for making outside time with small kids enjoyable.

Getting outside with young kids: Four tips for success

Now that spring is here, we’re spending a lot of time outdoors. We average 3-4 hours of outside time each day, barring rain or high wind. Especially with weather this beautiful, it’s so much more pleasant to be outside! Inside, there are toys, laundry and dishes all over the place and the kids’ squabbling just […]

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Despite our busy schedules, reading aloud to small children regularly can be done! Here are 6 tips for reading aloud to babies and toddlers.

6 Tips for reading aloud to babies and toddlers

Reading aloud helps your child build language skills that affect their entire lives. It’s so important that experts say you should begin reading to your infant! And, it’s not just the quantity of words spoken that matters- studies show that using quality words and the interaction with your child are also important.

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Helping my young child resolve conflict and say “no”

UPDATED POST: Gentle reader, I originally published this post yesterday. Based on reader feedback, I have updated some verbiage and added some commentary. This process has not been easy for me, as it is difficult to hear semi-anonymous negative feedback. But as my dear friend Heather pointed out today, I invited you into my kitchen, […]

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