Topic: parenting styles

Rage Against The Minivan: Why I’m Not A Free-Range Parent

 Rage Against The Minivan: Why I'm Not A Free-Range Parent

Personally, I love the idea of teaching kids to be self-reliant. I’ve written about trying to raise independent, confident kids. And I get that free-range parenting is a good way to do it. But it’s not my thing. Free-range parenting is not for us. Yes, I understand that crime statistics are lower than ever. I’m not a hovering mother . . . my concern isn’t coming from paranoia about stranger danger. More »

My Kids Do Not Play With Tablets And It’s Not For The Reason You Might Think

My Kids Do Not Play With Tablets And It's Not For The Reason You Might Think

My children are close in age- only 20 months apart. They do most everything together and are jolly, little BFF’s the vast majority of the time, much to my delight. They are five and six years old now and usually, they are happy playing with the same toys and doing the same activities. It is basically the dream I had in mind when we decided to space our children so close together. More »

I’m Proud My Kids Are Great Eaters But I Would Never Judge You For Your Picky Kid

I'm Proud My Kids Are Great Eaters But I Would Never Judge You For Your Picky Kid

As parents, we all have struggles in raising our kids. Anyone who says they do not struggle with parenting in some fashion is either delusional or lying. As a mother, I pride myself on my ability to see my kids and the way I parent them with completely clear vision. I know their flaws, I know their strengths and I know my own as well. I am the first one to point out when I have done something wrong in parenting and I am also the first to notice if my kids are acting a fool. That said, my kids are absolutely fabulous eaters but I would never judge you for your picky kid. More »

10 Ways Motherhood Changes Everyone

10 Ways Motherhood Changes Everyone

As mothers, we are undeniably different in a myriad of ways. The choices we make for our children since birth sometimes come to define the way we think of ourselves as parents. Some of us breastfeed exclusively until our babies aren’t babies. Some go straight to formula. Some homeschool or unschool or nature school while others prefer good old fashioned public school. Some cosleep and others think a crib down the hall ensures everyone gets the best rest. No matter how tolerant we are of each other’s choices, we undoubtedly have opinions about what is best. That’s because we’re mothers and we (mostly) care deeply about these seemingly menial choices. At times, they can feel like the most important thing in our universe.
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Free-Rage Parenting Is The Hot New Parenting Style You Need To Try

Free-Rage Parenting Is The Hot New Parenting Style You Need To Try

I like to consider myself a calm parent. I do my best not to yell at my kids and instead speak to them in a quiet, rational voice when they do something that displeases me. I have been practicing this gentle parenting method for many, many years and I have come to this scientific conclusion:

This shit don’t work.

This has led me to develop my brand new hot parenting style you have to try, Free-Rage Parenting™. More »

I Am Not Living Up To My Expectations As A Working Mom

I Am Not Living Up To My Expectations As A Working Mom

Fast forward to now and I can confidently say that my mother must actually be some kind of cyborg robot. Either that, or I totally suck at this. I stayed at home for my first three years as a mother and that was interesting as I had no blueprint for how things should go having never witnessed this kind of arrangement. I kept up with the house fairly well and I tried very hard to be a loving and present mother. I was not too happy staying at home but I had my groove and keeping our household humming wasn’t that hard for me. More »