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The Autonomy of a Child

There are a few things that I think can completely rearrange the dynamic of your entire family: aggression (obviously), manipulation, passivity, inconsistency, and expecting instant gratification. This is because your child is not a computer, or a robot. Thinking that you should be able to input information and then have them immediately output the action every time is ludicrous, and it’s just asking for trouble. I swear children are on a mission to remind you, and the world,…

How to Implement a Healthy Bedtime Routine

Last week I talked about why my family implements a bedtime. There are a lot of people who think that bedtimes go against the peaceful parenting rules but I disagree. Obviously, there are some methods of enforcing the bedtime that break those rules and that is why I thought we should discuss how to implement a healthy bedtime routine. No force involved. My husband and I started implementing our son’s bedtime when he was a month old. Wait…what?…

Why We Have a Bedtime

  I know a lot of peaceful parents who don’t have a bedtime. Obviously, this is perfectly fine if it works for you and your family. I want to be clear here, I do not think that you are doing anything wrong if you don’t have a bedtime and no one in your family is suffering. More power to you. I honestly wish I could do it that way. This is more for people who may have heard the…

Live With Integrity

About a month ago I was on the phone having a conversation with my older brother when I got the idea for this post, though I didn’t know it just yet. When talking to this man you know you will get a genuine and quality conversation. There is always a chance that you will be glued to your phone for three hours (or more). But the thing is, you won’t even notice the time because the ideas you…

No Gym, No Problem

Life is busy. Life is messy. Life is far from perfect. We all have our Pinterest full of gym workouts, quotes, and, of course, those adorable leggings that we just have to have. But the truth is, life is chaotic; and if you have kids, getting to the gym can be close to impossible. Maybe you worked all day and you can’t bare the thought of leaving them again once you’ve picked them up for the day. Maybe…

What You’re Doing Wrong as a Homeschool Parent

I’m kidding. But seriously, I have never questioned if I am failing or succeeding so often during a single adventure in my entire life. Since you decided to read this article, I’m going to guess we share that feeling. First, we are probably all doing better than we think. How can I tell? We have all concerned ourselves enough with our child’s education to come to the conclusion that homeschool is better than public school. A great start…

Fact or Opinion

Have you ever wondered how to stop the minimal sibling bickering such as: he said my doll was dumb, she said her car was cooler than mine, he said I’m not doing a good job coloring? Look no further my friend. I have a very simple solution to this problem and it works beautifully. I’d like to note that children are not being mean when they say these things; they are trying to assert themselves. Of course, with…

Finding the Balance

I am fascinated with how people deal with their children. I find myself observing parents at grocery stores, play grounds, and other places. I actually get lost like a child does when they see something that makes their wheels turn. You know when your child is doing something and you are trying to talk to them but they can’t hear a word you are saying because they are so entrenched in what they are seeing. That’s me when…

You Can’t Make Me

Four famous words uttered at least once by every kid at some point: you can’t make me. I know when I was a child this started a war between my parents and I. They were willing to use force and I was one quarter their size; of course they could make me. Every parent has the physical ability to make their child do almost anything. When you threaten a child’s well being their natural survival instincts kick in…

To the Parents Who Do it All (Part 1)

It has become a terrible trend to take pride in being the lazy parent. When did this happen? When I was a kid, you did not want to be the parent who didn’t, at least, try to do it all. I know that the previous generation of parents had their own set of problems, and I’ve discussed those problems. They either didn’t do some of the things I am about to rattle off or they tried to hide…