Morning Time with a One-Year Old

Morning time is such a sweet concept that sprang out of the homeschool community but that I’m actually finding really beneficial to incorporate with Peter…

And Then He Was One

Peter turned one last month and with it came the opportunity to celebrate our sweet boy, reflect on the momentous year that had just passed,…

100 Lifetimes

When Peter turned one last month, people kept telling me how quickly it’s flown by. That they couldn’t believe it was his first birthday already.…

Peter’s Montessori-inspired, IKEA hack toddler wardrobe

We originally bought Peter a standard chest of drawers from IKEA. Most nursery furniture is really adult-sized with rounded edges to make bumps a little…

Peter’s Favourite Books, Aged 11 Months

Peter wants to be read to almost constantly these days. He brings books over to us, pushing them insistently onto our laps. The same ones…

These are the books that delight Peter the most at 11 months of age. The ones he wants to read again and again ...and again.

Early Parenting as Survival Mode

Lately I’ve been thinking of early parenting as a kind of “survival mode.” It’s not a very sexy term – could use a rebrand – but…

Valuing Respect in Our Parenting

I’d been trying to articulate to Matthew why I often find mom and baby groups uncomfortable, until I realized that it comes down to this:…

I’d been trying to articulate to Matthew why I often find mom and baby groups uncomfortable, until I realized that it comes down to this: I deeply desire to be a respectful parent. One who is supportive of Peter’s current stage of development, both in terms of his abilities and limitations. One who allows him to express himself freely and grow into the person he’s becoming. But so often our culture isn’t respectful of children and their personhood, and this is reflected in many mainstream parenting practices.