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Two Years Old and Her Feet Have Barely Touched the Ground

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My daughter, Goldie, turns 2 in few days.

A  friend of mine told me once about the continuum concept and how in some cultures, the baby’s feet never touch the ground until they’re two years old. At first, I took her words literally and I thought this sounded absurd. Well, two babies, later and I know exactly what she was talking about. Read the rest of this entry

Dear New Mother, With That Newborn Glued to Your Chest…

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Don’t wish this time away…

My husband took this photo of me almost exactly four years ago… Sigh…

Like so many first time new mothers, my baby and I were a permanent fixture on the living room couch. My butt print was embedded in the upholstery and the outline of my baby’s ear was perpetually pressed onto my chest. I stayed in my pajamas all day. I didn’t even have an iPhone back then to get distracted on! I tiptoed around the house if my newborn would let me put her down for a second, so I could use the toilet and shovel food down my mouth. I was a nervous wreck, but completely in love. Read the rest of this entry

Certified Organic Babywearing Fabric and Baby Slings: Colimacon & Cie Review and Giveaway!

 

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C’est la meilleur! (It’s the best!)

When I first started making my own Do-It-Yourself baby ring slings and baby wraps, I bought fabric from the local fabric shop. While the fabric was ok to get me started, when I still had an itty bitty baby, it was actually not as cheap as I had intended, and was not very good once my baby started getting heavier.  The thought also crossed my mind several times that the fabric from the fabric shop was ‘made in China‘, so was probably not ethically sourced and could potentially contain chemicals and heavy metals from the processing practices! I wanted to find something of better quality that was still affordable, and this is when (insert angels singing) I found Colimacon & Cie! Read the rest of this entry

Tired and Touched Out With Your Kids? Twelve Ways to Bring Back the Love

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Energy reserves start to plummet into oblivion and the room starts to spin.  The demands from my kids get louder and more persistent… I look at the time… “SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!!!”, I scream in my head!  I know all of the things I ‘should’ be doing, to be a caring, attentive and loving parent… but it’s just not happening.  My body is there, but in my mind, I want to be crashed out in bed with the covers pulled over my head…  Do you know the feeling?! Read the rest of this entry

Five Funny Reasons Why Every New Mother Should Wear Her Baby

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Babywearing is a serious life saver, most baby wearers know that.  There are too many emotional and physiological benefits to mention here, and I’ve already written a long winded post on ‘The Top Ten Reasons to Wear Your Baby or Child‘. Here are a few of the funny reasons to wear your baby that not too many people mention. Read the rest of this entry

The Myth of the ‘Easy’ Baby

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When people asked me if my babies were ‘easy‘, or if they were ‘good‘, my first reaction was to wince and then remind myself to smile and say ‘yes‘. I know they were only asking out of habit or lack of something better to say.  I still give the same reaction when I hear someone saying, ‘Oh, we’re so lucky, we have suuuuuch a good baby‘.  Wince.  Smile.   Read the rest of this entry

To the All the Gentle Parents Out There… Tell Your Stories Loud and Clear!

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I was being a smart alec tonight, and just for fun, I started googling the following ‘mean parenting‘ phrases to see what would turn up.  Here are just a few that I looked for:

  • how to get your kids to obey by smacking them
  • ways to punish a child so they will turn out to be happy and loving adults
  • cave babies didn’t know how to fall asleep, but were left to cry it out
  • constantly yelling at kids turns them into loving adults Read the rest of this entry

Baby Wearing and Swell Festival Gold Coast Australia 2013

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September!  All the world through, I love September!  Swell Festival happens in Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast, every year.  Here’s a few highlights from our walk along the beach.  I always forget that it gets so hot and sunny though… next time I’ll remember to go later in the afternoon… although, twas a beautiful day.  The featured baby wrap is a Didymos Lila Hemp Indo, size 3, that I bought from Wrap ‘Em, in Australia.  Please ignore poor wrapping job… Read the rest of this entry

Why I Don’t Teach My Kids to Say They’re Sorry

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Moments before the ‘smack’

This little boy smacked my daughter hard across the face today at the playground.  (Ah, the playground… if ever I need fuel for a blog topic).  The little boy’s father, who was hovering closely behind said, ‘No!  Simon, bad boy!  Say you’re sorry… Siiiimooonnnn…’ the dad said, as he raised his eyebrows, ‘Say, ‘I’m sorryto the little girl’.  The boy, of course, did not say he was sorry.  Whether he was too young to articulate his ‘sorry‘ or not, I don’t know.  But, what got me was the look on the little boy’s face that said, ‘Hey, I just smacked someone across the face… I can do this again and again and again, and all I have to say is, ‘sorryand it’s OK!’ Read the rest of this entry

Positive Parenting 101: Say ‘Yes’ More and ‘No’ Less

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Little Miss Three Year Old, likes to say ‘YES!’

Just about every kid’s most frequently used word is ‘NO‘.  It sometimes comes out even when they mean to say ‘yes‘! Really, it’s bizarre behavior and can often be quite maddening for parents. I’m sure you know what I mean. Read the rest of this entry