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In Love

Posted by Julie on February 25, 2010 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (2)

Looking down, there is my River, the newest addition to my family, sleeping/nursing in my lap. It never fails to surprise me when I feel this intense wave of love wash over me while I stare into a new face. While pregnant with #2  I could not imagine that I could love another baby as much as I love the first. And when pregnant with this third my head knew I would but my heart could not grasp it. Not, that is, until I saw that face and held her wet body in my aching arms.

Is i...

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Unschooling

Posted by Julie on March 18, 2009 at 1:14 PM Comments comments (0)

The moderator of a NL/AP message board asked me to share a little about unschooling and I thought I would share it here, as well.

 

 My girls are still very young, 2 and almost 4, so we are not yet obligated to officially begin any type of education yet but we have already decided this is the route that is most aligned with our beliefs and "child rearing" philosophies.

Unschooling, descibed simply, is child-directed learning. It is built ...

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Compassionate Living

Posted by Julie on March 11, 2009 at 9:12 PM Comments comments (1)

I have been giving compassion alot of thought lately. I have been thinking about what great importance is placed in a child's education and what they will grow up to be but not much at all cultivating a loving, compassionate heart. What a shame that empathy is not held in as high esteem as good grades or a winning score. But how would you even teach something as intangible as compassion. You can't make someone feel something. So how does a parent go about planting the ...

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New Diapers!!!

Posted by Lerin on March 7, 2009 at 2:42 PM Comments comments (8)

 I'm so excited!!! I love cloth diapers!  And I got some new ones.

  I don't do the traditional plastic pants & pins- I use pocket diapers. I use disposables at night (more on that in a minute) and when I'm going to be on the go and running multiple errands.

 At any rate- I use the disposables at night, since Eowyn sleeps primarily on her side. When she's on her side in the pocket diapers, her pee comes right out, all over the place. The pocket diapers th...

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Snow For Us?

Posted by Julie on March 2, 2009 at 3:51 PM Comments comments (0)

I hope everyone got out and enjoyed the snow today. I really thought it was just going to pass us by this year. But the girls have been looking for it all winter and had fun today. My hubby got to have a snow day from work. They were so excited to have him here to play with us. You can read all about The Mittens here.

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Birth Experiences

Posted by Lerin on February 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM Comments comments (5)

 After reading the previous post, and discussing the fact that I didn't utter any profanity gave me the idea of writing about my 2, eerily similar, yet very different birth experiences.

 My first pregnancy was uneventful-  I did everything the generic route. I was young, and I didn't know any better. I did plan on a drug-free birth, however.

 My labor started and I went to a regularly scheduled appointment. I asked about the baby's position...

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The Business of Being Born

Posted by ncnaturalfamilyliving on February 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM Comments comments (4)

                         

This is a really beautiful and thought provoking film from Ricky Lake (yes, the talk show host) and director Abby Epstein. ...

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Letting Go

Posted by Julie on February 25, 2009 at 3:53 PM Comments comments (0)

              

This is still a journey for me. Letting go of the power and control. My mother had always told me that parents always need to win the battles, as though we are to be at war with our children. I still hear this sometimes.

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