Kids and Movies

Friday evenings are pizza and movie/game night at our house. Of course the movies have to be child appropriate and games don’t last long since my three year old has the attention span of…a three year old (we played Candy Land last week and it lasted about 5 minutes). So, last night was movie week…

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Accountability

In a previous post, I talked about a child abuse investigation in Skagit County that resulted in charges being brought against a couple for killing their adopted daughter. One detail of the investigation uncovered was the reported influence of religious parenting books written by Michael and Debi Pearl. The Pearls suggest, among other things, spanking…

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Picky Eaters

From the moment he started solids, our #1 has been a picky eater. At now 3.5 years old he has improved, but it continues to be a challenge to get him to even try new foods; we’re not even into the whole clean-your-plate club. We just want him to try it, if he doesn’t like…

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Babies and car seats

Before my #2 was born, I was hoping that he would like riding in the car more that his older brother did at the same age. My #1 hated his seat. After about 20-30 minutes, he’d lose it. Things did not significantly improve until we purchased his Britax car seat when he was about 8…

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Skagit child abuse case

All the world’s problems would resolve themselves if people would just start treating their children with dignity and respect. But we are a long way off from that. I just read a story about an Skagit County (Washington State) couple accused of killing their adopted Ethiopian daughter by child abuse. Her body was found in…

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Spirited Children

  I just finished reading a book titled Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents whose child is more Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Both hubby and I are introverted. Hubby has studied Myers-Briggs extensively and by extension, I have developed an interest in it as well. We’ve already figured…

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Roomies

Somehow my husband and I just fell into attachment parenting. From our decision to exclusively breastfeed, sprung the desire to find ways of rearing our children in a way that will yield the least emotional damage possible. No spanking, no shaming, no threats, etc. So part of AP is co-sleeping. Our #1 son, who is…

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The Breast Milk Baby

I heard about this doll a few months back, so now I hear the company, Berjuan, (based in Spain) is releasing it in the U.S. market. All over the Net people are weighing in about it, saying everything from it sexualizes girls, it’s perverted, over-pushing motherhood, or it’s gross. My take? The only reason this…

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The sentiment behind “Go the F*** to Sleep”

I had mixed feelings about the New York Times Bestseller “Go the F*** to Sleep”, by Adam Mansbach. It’s a satirical children’s book for adults, filled with profanity, that illustrates the frustration many parents experience while getting their children to go to sleep. But the author of a CNN article doesn’t think it’s funny and…

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