I picked up Cynthia Ulrich Tobias’ book You Can’t Make Me! (But I Can Be Persuaded): Strategies for bringing Out the Best in Your Strong Willed Child at the La Leche League of MA/RI/VT Area Conference a couple weekends ago. Let me tell you how much I LOVE this book for giving myself and my husband tools and ideas for helping to nurture our spirited, strong-willed Abbey (now 4 1/2). . .
One of the main focuses so far has been to make sure that we are not trying to take all of Abbey’s power away. Apparently, powerlessness is basically toxic for a Strong Willed Child (SWC)’s emotional state, and that interactions can go from sweet to sour very quickly if we as parents try to take away all power from Abbey.
We are trying to apply this thought in our lives, abstaining from saying “you WILL do [such and such]” and trying to offer Abbey the chance to take some responsibility for things. i.e. “What do you think might happen if you don’t pick up your toys?” instead of commanding “You WILL pick up your barbies by the time I get back to your room.”
So far, the book has been making TOTAL sense for our lives with Abbey, and we look forward to reading the rest of it!
What books have you found useful on your parenting journey?
A friend reminded me at the gym today that our next military PCS (Permanent Change of Station) is a month away. I hadn’t really thought about it being that soon. While we have been doing physical prep like cleaning out closets, donating extra clothing and household items, and loads of paper-work, I didn’t realize that the move was coming up so very soon!
We leave for Kodiak, Alaska on June 1, and between taking the kiddos on a road trip across the whole USA to our new home in the Last Frontier, and my online college classes that will be going on through June, I’m going to be a pretty busy mama, and there won’t be much blogging going on (from ME anyway).
I’m planning on writing a series of posts through the summer documenting our PCS, but that’s going to be one post per week at max.
So, I’m calling out to all of my readers and fellow bloggers to ask for post submissions for guest posts on Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work to be scheduled for the months of June and July.
If you are interested in guest posting on Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work, please email me at willa [dot] amy [at] gmail [dot] com with your name, post idea, and your blog web address (if you have one). I’m thrilled to open up the summer months to parents (and even non-parents) who would be willing to share their ideas (new or previously published) on any of the topics that I normally write about on Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work.
My blog topics include:
Breastfeeding awareness, education, support, and advocacy
Sewing, knitting, and creating for the family (crafts, etc)
Healthy Cooking and Eating Habits
. . . among others. If you have an idea that doesn’t fit into any of these categories, but you think it would be a good fit for the blog, go ahead and send it my way!
If you could please send me submissions before May 31st, that would be ideal! I look forward to showcasing the work of other friends and fellow writers during the summer months, while we embark on the next chapter of our military family life!
Today, I am writing on Natural Parents Network, regarding the power of play.
Play is Love
At dinner this evening, Abbey stopped eating, wiped her mouth, and took a drink of water. Very solemnly, she asked for my attention:
“Excuse me mommy. . . I love playing with you. When I play with you, I fall in LOVE with you – like Cinderella falls in love with her Prince when they’re dancing in their story!”
I was speechless. I just reached over and cupped her beautiful face in my hand and kissed her.
But I’m so often wrapped up in the household care routine that I forget to play. Come read more about why it’s so important to play with your kids, and how I resolved to be more playful, at my post today on Natural Parents Network: The Power of Play – A Wake Up Call.
We started our week with fierce puddle splashing. Joe loves him some puddles!!!!
Tuesday afternoon, we had the inaugural ride of the power wheels Camaro. Abbey and Joe love cruising around the park together.
We love our mid-week bible study program at our friend’s church. Here is Joe with her daughter, London.
At one point, the two of them were feeding each other cake. It was adorable.
Next week, I promise, I’ll get a shot of the two of them hugging. It will melt your heart!
Abbey and Joe built a “roller coaster” together on Thursday with some building toys that we’ve collected from Wendy’s kids meals. I love how well they are interacting and playing with one another lately. We are not without a little rivalry and disagreement, but it’s mostly sibling love around here lately. So cute!
Unfortunately, on Friday afternoon, Jed, Joe, and I were in a one-car accident in the random sleet that hit our area. It was raining, and we had decided to drive to meet someone for a Craigslist trade. Rain turned to sleet really fast, and we hydroplaned on the ice. I was driving very slowly and carefully, but I couldn’t save us from crashing. The road went out from under us and there we were, crashing into a tree in the ditch. This is a picture of one of my bruises. It was awful and scary, but Joe and Jed and I are all OK, Thank GOD. My car however. . . is not.
I just praise God that everyone is safe, and thank God for the great family of friends we have here in our neighborhood that helped us out on Friday and kept my spirits up over the weekend. I was really SORE and sad about the crash.
Abbey had her second dance class this weekend. She loves it!
After dance class, we went to Abbey’s preschool program – Passport through America. It was a big party/festival type thing, in the gym at the Shipyard. There were booths with food, fun, and activities to represent all the regions of the US. Coincidentally (since we are moving to Alaska soon), Abbey’s class worked on the Alaska/Hawaii booth!
Abbey and Joe’s favorite part of the festival was definitely the petting zoo, though. They loved feeding the goats with us.
That was OUR Week. How was YOURS?
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!
As a Texan transplanted into New England, I get annoyed about several cultural differences. The cult worship of Tom Brady, the awful city driving layout of Boston, and the absence of any even remotely decent mexican food (or, really, ethnic food in general).
But not until recently did I realize that no one up here knows what a kolache is.
Yummy, soft, fluffy bread covering breakfast foods varying from veggies to eggs and bacon, to cream cheese and fruit? Yes, please! Oh, how this homesick Texas girl has been missing kolaches. . . and to find out that my friends didn’t know what a kolache was!? Oh, no. That had to be rectified.
I had been wanting to have kolaches for breakfast for some time now, and after exhausting myself searching for a bakery or coffee shop that even knew what a kolache was (much less had them for sale) . . . I decided I would make them myself. They wouldn’t be Kolache Factory good, but they’d at least be kolaches.
On Easter Sunday this year, I made them for lunch. We shared them with our friends at the park (who had never ever had a kolache before) and they were so delicious. Making them was easier than I thought it would be, and it was a great joyful moment for me to see my friends enjoy a kolache for the first time.
The recipe and tutorial I used for making my own kolaches is this one from Homesick Texan. The kolaches came out so perfect – hard enough on the outside to carry in your hand for a portable breakfast on the run, and soft but well baked in the center, with just enough warmth in the filling. YUM!
I found it incredibly interesting and honestly, a great relief, that someone else shared my “you don’t know what a kolache is!?” grief as a transplant in New England. The author of Homesick Texan is from hill country Texas that lives in New York.
Apparently, ya’ll, kolaches are a Texan thing. Who knew?
- I suggest making the dough and preparing your fillings the day before, and baking them in the morning if you want your kolaches to be ready for breakfast. Working with cold fillings (bacon, eggs, cheese, cream cheese, jam, fruit, etc) is so much easier than working with warm fillings. It’s easier to fold them into the dough and they bake to a perfect warmth in the 375′ oven.
-These kolaches can be baked and then FROZEN and reheated in the oven or toaster oven for 5-10 minutes. What a great idea for getting a filling and balanced breakfast on the run, when paired with some milk or juice and a piece of fresh fruit! (and since they’re home made, you can make them preservative free, or organic, or vegetarian, or whatever your food choice is!)
Kolaches (adapted from recipes found in Texas Monthly and the HoustonChronicle)
(I made my own adjustments in the method section, specifically between steps 7 & 9)
Makes 18-20 4 inch kolaches
1 package of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of salt
- In a large bowl, combine yeast, warm milk, sugar and one cup of flour. Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.
- Beat together eggs, 1/2 cup of melted butter (reserve 1/4 cup for brushing on the pastry) and salt.
- Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and blend.
- Stir in about two more cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time. The dough should be soft and moist.
- Knead dough for about 10 minutes on floured surface. You will be adding about a 1/2 cup of flour during the kneading process.
- Put dough in a greased bowl and let rise covered until doubled in size—about an hour.
- After dough has risen, punch it down and pull off egg-sized pieces. In your hands, roll pieces into balls and then flatten to about three inches in diameter.
- Flatten/stretch the three inch pieces with your fingers so that the edges are thinner than the middle, and place your chosen fillings in the center of your circle. Fold up the edges of the dough over the fillings, making sure to press slightly to stick the roll together. You can pick up the dough ball after folding in the fillings and roll it gently in your hands like a dinner roll.
- Place filled pieces on a greased cookie sheet, brush with melted butter, cover and let rise again for another half-hour.
- Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with melted butter when you take them out of the oven and serve warm.
The snow won’t keep us from enjoying the outdoors, but it’s supposed to be SPRING, y’all! This is craziness!
We have been spending this past week having lots of playdates at the park with our neighborhood friends.
Enjoying laughs and toddler and childhood antics with all our dear friends before we pack up and move to Kodiak *sniff*
Joe has really been enjoying puddle splashing, even in the cooooooold weather.
“Mama, I splash puddle! I splash puddle pleeeeeease?”
How can I say no?
Joseph and Abbey have been having a brother-sister blast lately. It’s so fun to watch them together.
That was our week! How was YOURS?!
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!
As a military wife, and by experiencing the first few years of a mothering journey, I have changed considerably from the totally type-A, unbending, unyielding, sometimes self-loathing perfectionist I once was. I think back to my teenage days and I wish I could grab myself and tell myself what I know now.
Because slimming down our household goods in preparation for our upcoming military PCS from Maine to Kodiak Island, Alaska. . . it has got me thinking about how much I have learned about letting go – - – of things and of thoughts. How much I have grown and changed, just in a few years, through military life and motherhood, and by allowing others to teach me how to let go – -
It’s amazing how many things I can stash in a closet. I used to save every photo, every card, cut out articles from the paper, and ripped out pages from magazines that I wanted to use. . . sometime in the future. My husband has since reformed my ways, and gotten me to let go of my clippings, random photos of people we don’t even know anymore, and has even gotten me to recycle my binder full of ripped out magazine pages – showing me that I can get my Martha Stewart and Health magazine articles on my iPad and “save a zillion trees” in the process.
As we cleaned out the upstairs storage closet before he left for this current assignment with his boat, I felt very accomplished as well as very amazed at what had collected in the closet while we’ve lived here in Maine for 3 years. I was able to donate a whole paper grocery bag full of fully prepared paper crafts that I had made for a TAHOMA Christmas party that was attended by, um, no one, the first winter we were here to someone who could use them. We also went through my old papers from high school, on topics from The Great Gatsby to a personal essay, to Like Water for Chocolate, and even an AP statistics paper. I was holding onto them . . . I’m not sure why.
Maybe it was me holding on tightly to something that reminded me of home, since our military life had moved me so far from my parents’ house and the city I grew up and matured in.
As we read the papers together, we giggled a bit at my writing voice, even in the most studious of papers. We read the scribbled notations and edits from my beloved Junior year English teacher and I explained to Hubs how much I looked up to her, and wanted to write the best paper to please her. He could tell that I was feeling maybe a bit self-conscious about letting go of a time when studying and excelling at writing was most of my life.
And then he told me how amazing it is that I parent our two babies, manage the house, and still somehow blog, sew diapers, AND take college courses full time. And I realized. I could let go of my Junior year of high school. I’m bigger and better now. So into the recycling they went.
And another box bit the dust.
Thoughts are a little harder to get rid of. Those thoughts that you would like to throw out seem to stick and stick and stick, even as you try to scrape them off your heart. And then, I learned what it truly means to forgive. And to grow forward from thoughts that are painful. And that made me, friends, the brillo pad of bad thoughts. Scrape them right off, when I remember how to forgive and to trust and give up the issue to God.
I have been insanely blessed to have met and spent a lot of time with a certain friend here in our neighborhood in Maine. And through our friendship, I have learned that forgiving isn’t losing, even though it feels like it sometimes. Last summer, there was an ordeal with a lady in the neighborhood that used to be a close friend. Long story short, I criticized her in a friendly manner regarding how exclusive and controlling she was being. And it started a crazy-fest that you can read about if you like.
The point is that I have forgiven her. And it feels SO good. Letting go of that hatred for the evil in her heart toward me has been so freeing. I never thought I could do it. What she did seemed so unforgivable. But through my relationship with my dear friend Jess, I have been molded through experience and truth from God’s Word to understand that forgiveness is not surrender in the traditional sense. You don’t lose when you forgive – on the contrary. It is a huge weight off my life to have forgiven her. And in the same way, I’m learning to forgive others and myself as well!
Forgiveness is really amazing in de-cluttering and getting rid of ugly thoughts.
Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Read about how others are incorporating simple living into their lives by clearing out the clutter. We hope you will join us next month, as the Simply Living Blog Carnival focuses on Going Green!
- De-Cluttering and Moving to Minimalism – Laura from Authentic Parenting is actively trying to achieve a more balanced life by giving up the things in order to make room for more enjoyment.
- A Minimalist Clutter Bug – Destany at They Are All of Me writes about the daunting task of clearing away years of clutter brought on by disorganization and a dislike for throwing things away.
- The Pack Rat Stops Here – Mercedes at Project Procrastinot doesn’t want her twins to inherit the pack rat legacy but is uncertain how to lead by example.
- Clutter Minimized – Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how minimizing different aspects of her life and household have changed her life.
- Uncluttering Childhood – Are fewer toys and books harmful for your child? Does simplifying the stuff in your life, merely mean faster clean up? Find out if “less” is truly “more” for parents and kids alike at Heart-Led Parenting.
- Lagom – Sustainablemum shares her family’s search for balance in decluttering their home and their lives.
- Letting Go – Of Things and Thoughts – Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work rejoices in her ability to allow others to teach her to let go – of things and of thoughts.
- From Cluttered to Clutter Free – Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children discusses the changes she went through from growing up in a cluttered household to becoming a decluttering diva.
- Facing the emotional roadblocks of clearing clutter – We all have reasons we hold on tightly to our stuff. Lauren at Hobo Mama offers advice for breaking through those walls.
- Spring Cleaning with Freecycle – Amy at Anktangle shares how her spring cleaning ritual has become much more fun (and productive!) since she’s embraced her local Freecycle community and all it stands for.
Many of you who are family, friends with me in real life, or volunteer with me at Natural Parents Network already know about this announcement. . . but in February, we found out that the Coast Guard is transferring us this summer to:
KODIAK, AK is going to be a major adventure! It’s an island, so we are going to be semi-isolated, and it’s disconnected from the lower 48 states, so we are considered to be transferring OCONUS (outside the continental United States). This has caused us a bit of headache in the past couple weeks, with forms that needed filling out and a frustrating bureaucracy to tangle with at the Navy clinic to get it done.
But, it’s done now. (Whew!) All the paperwork is done, and I’m very relieved. Our housing application is in as well, and even Abbey’s end-of-contract for her preschool has been submitted. We’re going through our things and taking inventory of what we use and don’t use, and what we need and don’t need anymore. It’s exciting, and it’s nerve-wracking. When I met with my husband’s command to resign as the Command Ombudsman in preparation for our move, they asked me how I felt about moving to Kodiak.
“It will be an adventure” I said. “I’m anxious and excited, and have a lot to do and think about.”
Lifestyle Changes for this PCS
We’ll definitely have to get ready for more of this:
but we will also enjoy more of this:
. . .because Daddy will no longer be attached to a boat, so there will be far less deployment and absence at our assignment to Kodiak. Yay!
We have already started going through and consolidating and donating and selling things that we are no longer using or won’t have the room pr the use for in Kodiak. We’ve gotten our ferry tickets for the Alaska Marine Highway, we’ve planned our trip across the US as well as we can, and hashed out a preliminary time table.
I’m getting ready to repaint our walls back to MilSpec White. . . I figure if I start doing it now in small pieces that it will be less stressful than trying to repaint all our walls between the time that the movers come to get our things and the day that we have our final walkthrough with Navy Housing. Especially with the kiddos to keep calm and steady. I don’t want to have to worry about painting AND cleaning AND parenting at the end.
I’m also replacing pieces of furniture that really needed replacing – like our two dining room chairs that go at the heads of the table. They were falling apart. And in the process, I’ve gotten the bug for reupholstering some of our thrift store pieces and the chairs I got (they’re all sturdy pieces, just need some love and a design upgrade). We’ll see how that goes. LOL!
I need to finish all of my diapers in process right now, and get them posted in a stocking for my Silly Bear Handmade Shop soon. . . so that I can take a break during our move through the summer. I also need to go through my fabric stash, because not all of it can come with me! I’m trying to sell my Cricut expression because I don’t use it anymore (if you’re local, make me an offer!) . . . and I’ve talked to Abbey about some of her things that she would be willing to give up so that we can buy her new things when we get to Kodiak (possibly smaller things, depending on the size of the rooms in our new house).
Exciting and Stressful
This move is exciting because Daddy will be going home to Alaska (he was raised in Anchorage) and we get to see a new place that I hear is beautiful! We also get the privilege of living in one of the nicest Coast Guard MWR areas in the branch of service, so that’s exciting! This is an even BIGGER move than our previous one from Texas to Maine was, though, and I just hope and pray that our transition is smoother than it was coming to New England.
Right now, I’m just counting down the days till the Hubs is back from his trip with the TAHOMA crew to fetch the boat back from dry dock (maintenance) and looking forward to having his help in getting all the final preparations in place for our EVEN BIGGER military move. . .
. . . after we get through a very busy month of April.
But more about that later.
We’re excited about our move to Kodiak, AK. But nervous, too. I have found that change is transformative and that in my experience as a military wife, it definitely helps build character – for better or for worse! I’m excited about this opportunity, and I just can’t wait to really get started with the move.
It’s the build up that kills me.
Welcome to the March 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Tough Conversations
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have spoken up about how they discuss complex topics with their children. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Driving home one night, this powerful question rang forward from the backseat of the car:
“Mommy, what does the Bible say?”
I believe that the world was created by God, and that His Word is the truth that shapes all of our lives. I was in bondage to original sin when I was born, just like every human being since Adam’s fall from Grace, but through the substitutiary sacrifice of Jesus’ life-blood on the cross, all of our sins resulting from human nature are forgiven.
This is what the bible says to me.
Through my Baptism, my old self died with Jesus. My bondage to sin died with Him and I am now bound to seek righteousness in my resurrected life, as a result of His resurrection and ascension. I believe that the Holy Spirit guides me and helps me to see how to form a more intimate and right relationship with God, and directs me to shine His light in the world. . .
I believe that Jesus will come again and that through faith we will be returned to Paradise. And until then, I listen to God’s Holy Spirit in my life and I read the Bible, which is God’s Holy Word, in order to strive for a right relationship with God, which brings me peace and joy.
That’s, in a nutshell, what I have gleaned from The Bible thus far in my life.
How in the WORLD do I even begin to explain this to a four year old? Especially MY super curious and sensitive four year old, who I know is going to take my answer very seriously to heart and mind.
But she needs an answer. Right now, in the car, while I’m driving through sleet and snow.
“Mommy, What does the Bible say?”
It’s a Toughie
Even if you are not a fellow Christian, I’m sure you can understand what a tough question this was for me. Even tougher because my preschooler wouldn’t let me off the hook with a “we’ll talk about it later” . . . She is very persistent.
I thought to myself, She doesn’t even know what “sin” is yet! How can I explain the Bible to her?
Calm and Simple
When in sticky situations like this one, I have learned to address the tough situation as calmly and simply as possible. We might not always be as calm or as simple as we desire to be in a tough situation- but calm and simplicity usually do help get us through. In this case, my “calm and simple” rule helped me to answer a really tough question in an environment that necessitated a quick explanation.
Abbey asked if the Bible was about Jesus and Santa Claus.
“The Bible is not about Santa” I replied. “The Bible is God’s Word written down through history.”
“So it’s about God’s Love and how He loves everyone, even all of our friends and even people that are mean to us or people we don’t even know?” abbey ventured.
Since she asked for clarification, I explained a little more to her, but left it pretty simple. No talk of death and resurrection. . . Yet.
“It’s a long book, and as you grow, you will read more and more of it and understand more of the story of God’s love for us” I finished.
It seemed to satisfy Abbey’s curiosity for the moment, and she went off into a thoughtful discussion with herself about God loving everyone, even people who are mean, or that live in different cities than we do.
And I breathed a sigh of relief- because when she asked that question in the place and time that she did, i wasn’t sure that i had a good answer. I know she’ll ask again and again, and that as she grows, she’ll learn more about Jesus and the power of his Holy blood shed for us. But none of that would make sense to her at four. There’s no way I could really tell her fully “what the bible says”
I’m very glad that I was able to come up with an answer that was truthful, but simple enough for her to understand at a preschool level. In the moment, I honestly didn’t think I would be able to explain it. I felt like a deer in the headlights.
Religious or not, Christian or not, I’m sure we all can agree that a loaded question like that can make for a very tough moment.
Have you ever had a moment when you didn’t have a good answer to a question?
Has your child ever asked you a really hard question? Bonus points if it was totally out of the blue!
What helps you through tough moments with your child?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon March 12 with all the carnival links.)
- A Difficult Conversation — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is keeping her mouth shut about a difficult topic.
- Discussing Sexuality and Objectification With Your Child — At Authentic Parenting, Laura is puzzled at how to discuss sexuality and objectification with her 4-year-old.
- Tough Conversations — Kadiera at Our Little Acorn knows there are difficult topics to work through with her children in the future, but right now, every conversation is a challenge with a nonverbal child.
- Real Talk — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama explains why there are no conversation topics that are off limits with her daughter, and how she ensures that tough conversations are approached in a developmentally appropriate manner.
- From blow jobs to boob jobs and lots of sex inbetween — Mrs Green talks candidly about boob jobs and blow jobs…
- When Together Doesn’t Work — Ashley at Domestic Chaos discusses the various conversations her family has had in the early stages of separation.
- Talking To Children About Death — Luschka at Diary of a First Child is currently dealing with the terminal illness of her mother. In this post she shares how she’s explained it to her toddler, and some of the things she’s learned along the way.
- Teaching 9-1-1 To Kids — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling talks about the importance of using practical, age-appropriate emergency scenarios as a springboard for 9-1-1 conversations.
- Preschool Peer Pressure — Lactating Girl struggles to explain to her preschooler why friends sometimes aren’t so friendly.
- Frank Talk — Rosemary at Rosmarinus Officinalis unpacks a few conversations about sexuality that she’s had with her 2-year-old daughter, and her motivation for having so many frank discussions.
- When simple becomes tough — A natural mum manages oppositional defiance in a toddler at Ursula Ciller’s Blog.
- How Babies are Born: a conversation with my daughter — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger tries to expand her daughter’s horizons while treading lightly through the waters of pre-K social order.
- Difficult Questions & Lies: 4 Reasons to Tell The Truth — Ariadne of Positive Parenting Connection shares the potential impact that telling lies instead of taking the time to answer difficult questions can have on the parent-child relationship.
- Parenting Challenges–when someone dies — Survivor at Surviving Mexico writes about talking to her child about death and the cultural challenges involved in living in a predominantly Catholic nation.
- Daddy Died — Breaking the news to your children that their father passed away is tough. Erica at ChildOrganics shares her story.
- Openness — sustainablemum prepares herself for the day when she has to tell her children that a close relative has died.
- Embracing Individuality — At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy addressed a difficult question in public with directness and honesty.
- Making the scary or different okay — Although she tries to listen more than she talks about tough topics, Jessica Claire of Crunchy-Chewy Mama also values discussing them with her children to soften the blow they might cause when they hit closer to home.
- Talking to My Child About Going Gluten Free — When Dionna at Code Name: Mama concluded that her family would benefit from eliminating gluten from their diet, she came up with a plan to persuade her gluten-loving son to find peace with the change. This is how they turned the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle into an adventure rather than a hardship.
- How Does Your Family Explain Differences and Approach Diversity? — How do you and your family approach diversity? Gretchen of That Mama Gretchen shares her thoughts at Natural Parents Network and would like to hear from readers.
- Discussing Difficult Topics with Kids: What’s Worked for Me — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares parenting practices that enabled discussions of difficult topics with her (now-adult) children to be positive experiences.
- Tough Conversations — Get some pointers from Jorje of Momma Jorje on important factors to keep in mind when broaching tough topics with kids.
- Protect your kids from sneaky people — Lauren at Hobo Mama has cautioned her son against trusting people who’d want to hurt him — and hopes the lessons have sunk in.
- Mommy, What Does the Bible Say? — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work works through how to answer a question from her 4-year-old that doesn’t have a simple answer.
- When All You Want for Them is Love: Adoption, Abandonment, and Honoring the Truth — Melissa at White Noise talks about balancing truth and love when telling her son his adoption story.