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Parenting Simply: Welcome Spring

Parenting Simply: Welcome Spring

[ 0 ] March 21, 2013 |

Moving through this year, I am making a more conscious effort to connect with earth and nature on a daily basis.

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Parenting Simply: Starting the Conversation

Parenting Simply: Starting the Conversation

[ 0 ] October 18, 2012 |

I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings lately. Maybe it’s all of the change that Fall brings, or the way the cooler, darker weather invites introspection, but I’ve been thinking about what families need in order to have a fresh start.

Whenever I bring together a new Simplicity Parenting Group as I did recently at Meadowbrook Waldorf School, the first conversation we have is always about Values. I ask the group to fast forward ten or twenty years and picture their children grown. You can try this, too…

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Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

Parenting Simply: Going for Gold

[ 0 ] August 6, 2012 |

During a recent visit with their grandparents, my daughters had a blast running, jumping, crawling, and splashing their way through a backyard obstacle course. It was so simple to create, and it kept children and adults playing- and laughing- together for hours.

We created the course with things we had around the house, and set up toys as challenges along the course.

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Parenting Simply: Summer of Love

Parenting Simply: Summer of Love

[ 0 ] July 9, 2012 |

We are in an interesting phase of family life right now. Lest my blog readers think that everything is smiles and matching dresses over here, I wanted to share a glimpse into another corner of our daily life — power struggles.

My daughters are 4 and nearly 3, and it feels as though we are in the thick of a new phase in which both girls test authority on a regular basis. It sort of crept up on us. Seemingly overnight, our easy-going 2 year old nudged closer to 3, and developed some very strong opinions of her own. Mix in the strong will of her older sister, and you’ve got the makings of some intense days!

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Parenting Simply: Carefree Summer Days?  <EM>Yes, please. </EM>

Parenting Simply: Carefree Summer Days? Yes, please.

[ 0 ] June 10, 2012 |

Parenting Simply: Carefree Summer Days? Yes, please. When you think of “carefree summer days” what images come to mind? I immediately begin thinking of my childhood yard, full of wildflowers and hiding spots and a swing in a tree. I remember my mom’s big thermos full of cold juice, and all of the long leisurely evenings spent under the setting sun and with the twinkling fireflies. Those were carefree days, indeed.

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Parenting Simply: Lessons from the morning news

Parenting Simply: Lessons from the morning news

[ 4 ] April 23, 2012 |

used to watch the morning news. Every day would start with a strange, sensational mix of horror stories interspersed with complete fluff, repeated over and over again until I felt nothing but disgust. Child abductions, pop stars, spousal abuse, fashion trends…ugh. If the morning news was any indicator, the times we live in seem pretty grim.

So one day I turned it off. Click. And I haven’t watched television news in about five years.

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Parenting Simply:  Welcome Little Helpers

Parenting Simply: Welcome Little Helpers

[ 2 ] March 8, 2012 |

My daughters are two and four, and even at these young ages I see how much they welcome some responsibility around the house, and how proud they are when they can accomplish “grown up” tasks. Household chores provide a wonderful way for little ones to learn and practice new skills. Parents may also find that they come to appreciate the task in a new way, as you start to view it as a learning tool.

In my home, I’ve noticed how much smoother mealtimes are when I invite the children to help with some preparation and some clean up afterward. In the morning, as I put their breakfasts on the table, I fill the sink with warm soapy water and set up a sturdy stool.

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Parenting Simply:  Love and Gratitude

Parenting Simply: Love and Gratitude

[ 3 ] February 13, 2012 |

In the busy-ness of life, we often move, move, move forward without noticing the time or the space or the feelings that we’re moving through. But what happens when we stand still? When we relax for a moment, and breathe, and notice what is happening around us while we stand still? Everything changes.

One simple ritual that helps me is pausing in my day to express gratitude. It can be as easy as pausing while I’m washing the dishes to look out the window and feel gratitude for the sky and the trees. I breathe deeply, feel gratitude and then return to my chore. But I am calmer and happier as I finish those dishes.

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Parenting Simply:  Creating Space

Parenting Simply: Creating Space

[ 5 ] January 10, 2012 |

The start of a new year carries with it so many possibilities! I love the notion of a fresh start, or just creating a little more space in the New Year for things that are important to me and to my family.

In 2012, I want to create more space for connection to the people in my life—especially my children. I thought about the activities that we’ve enjoyed together this past year- painting, simple crafts, baking, playing games- and then I wondered “what would make it easier to connect in these ways?”

It always comes back to space.

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Parenting Simply: Rhythm

Parenting Simply: Rhythm

[ 4 ] November 7, 2011 |

Today I welcome Allison Abramson as a new contributing write to Kidoinfo. A certified Simplicity Parenting© Group Leader, Allison is helping Rhode Island families slow down, and make space for the simple joys of childhood. In her monthly column, Allison will share ways we can reduce the chaos in our daily lives by making small, do-able changes at home that will strengthen family connections and create more time for fun! She lives in Providence with her husband and two little girls, where she blogs about their journey toward a Peaceful Life.

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