We parents are blessed with a special superpower; our Mom and Dad "guts". It sounds like an old wive's tale and probably some who aren't yet parents will think it is just that, but us mamas and papas know that the parent intuition is a real and powerful thing. That unexplainable gut feeling that bubbles and nags and leads you strongly in a certain direction when it comes to making a choice that is in the best interest of your child.
We are a family who eats veggies and cooks at home, but we are also a family that occasionally goes out for ice cream sundaes. We are a family who fills our lives with movement and nature, but we also deeply value cuddling up together in front of a favorite movie. We are a kombucha-brewing and water-drinking family, but my husband and I will occasionally enjoy beer or a glass of wine when the mood strikes. We are a family of balance, rather than extremes. We don't believe in "all or nothing" because we are in this lifestyle for a lifetime. We want our daughter learn balance instead of depravation. And we want to be able to live a life we can sustain, instead of trying to be perfect each and every day.
What exactly does play teach our children? Why is play more valuable to a child's development than flash cards and worksheets? Why is play so dang important? Here are 4 things that play does for you child each and every day:
I don’t have a big house. Or a big yard. Or a big bank account. But I have the people I love most by my side, joy in my soul, and the memories I choose to fill my moments with. I have everything I need and probably more. Our family’s journey towards simple living forced us to reevaluate what truly brought us happiness….and what simply gave us fleeting sparks of joy. Our home and the objects inside of it do not dictate how successful, happy or rich we are. We do….and the smiles and friends we leave in our wake.
Gross motor movement songs encourage the stimulation of large motor play in an organized and engaging way! The house stays intact, the kids get that large muscle movement they are dying for and you can even get a fun workout in if you opt to join in the fun (which you totally should).
My everyday life as a full-time teacher, mom and wife is busy. So busy, in fact, that it’s easy to lose sight of my own needs in the blur of the day. But no matter how busy it gets, there are a few things I make sure I always do for me ….and just me.Because I need to be one of the most important people in my own life.
Life moves fast and its easy to get lost in the hustle of parenthood. But the little moments count. Truly, they do. The little moments are what make a childhood. They are when strong relationships are created. Little moments are the when trust is built. And these are the moments that I am guaranteed to have every day with my daughter. These valuable little moments that will forge our mother-daughter bond. The little moments filled with the little things that we do together every day.
Our children are amazing and we love them dearly. But those dinnertime battles, disgusted faces at a meal we just worked so hard to prepare and straight-up refusal to try new foods is less than endearing. However there are a few very good reasons your child might be resisting unfamiliar foods....and a few ways to turn that resistance around that doesn't involve nagging, pushing, or dinnertime battles that leave everyone feeling defeated.
Whether your child is home on holiday break or they are always home with you, mamas and papas all around are trying to think of creative ways to keep their kids engaged and entertained during the holiday excitement. These 10 Easy Homemade Winter Break Boredom Busters are simple, play based activities you can throw together in a snap using stuff you probably have hanging around your house!
Stumped what to get those special kiddos in your life? I put on my teacher brain, looked around my house and classroom, and even on my daughter's own holiday list to create little gift guide filled with inspiring, fun and play-based learning children's items to help you nurture your children naturally this holiday season.
I have never feared aging. However, when I discovered my first gray hairs one unexpected Tuesday morning, I was admittedly caught a bit off guard. After a few deep breaths and a bit of self-reflection, I soon realized that those gray hairs were something that I had earned the right to wear with pride and quickly fell madly in love with shimmering strands of survival.
Our children are becoming busier and busier. While being engaged and involved has its value, so does quiet time and rest. Actually its quite important in a healthfully balanced life! In our crazy, over extended world....I ask you, does your child get enough downtime to recharge and renew?
Cleaning up what I ate and how I lived was, hands down, one of the most amazing life-changing things I have ever done for myself.....and now my husband and I are raising our young daughter with healthy wholesome foods! People often ask me for words of wisdom about transitioning a family to a real food way of eating, and here is what I always tell them...
Two of the best life skills a person can have are resiliency and confidence. They are attributes that we all use our entire lives. Some children are born with confidence and resiliency naturally in their DNA, while others need a little nurturing in developing these life skills. Luckily, we parents have steps we can take to help foster our children't confidence & resiliency. Here, in my opinion, are the most vital ones.
Cooking with your kids sounds so great, but how exactly do you start doing that? With baby steps, my friends, with baby steps! If you aren't sure which baby step to start with, I've got you covered! Here, I outline the small steps to take to include your child in the food prep process and help them build confidence in the kitchen.
Traveling with a family can be stressful enough....but when you throw an airplane into the mix, hot damn! Worry not, my dears. I've jotted down my tried & true tips for keeping family air travel healthy and as stress-free as possible.
The health of our planet is just as important as our own personal health. Here are 8 easy, sustainable changes you can make today that will make a big difference in how much trash you carry to the curb each week....and save you money to boot!
I've spent years shopping my local farmer's markets. If you find hitting the local farmer's market a bit intimidating I've outlined my favorite tips to help you face your farmer's market venture with confidence while getting the biggest bang for your buck.
Drinking enough water is one of the best and easiest things you could do to for your body! But, for some reason...its so dang hard to stay hydrated! Read my tips and tricks for getting that water into your body, all day every day!