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.

Life Lately

Oof! <—— That was the sound of me falling off the Internet. And to be honest, it hurt my ego a bit as I’d just…

Create a Birthing Necklace

There’s so much lost when we no longer pass wisdom from one generation to the next. When we no longer gather in community to support…

My Pregnancy Reading List

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I did was order a secondhand copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.…