The Best Gifts for New Mamas

The postpartum period is incredibly vulnerable. We’re healing physically, mentally, and emotionally while navigating a major shift in our identity and facing the overwhelming task…

Baking Bread with Babies

“The smell of bread baking gives a home a palpable aura of care, comfort and security. It enlivens people’s sense of well-being, to which children…

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.…

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.