A Day in the Life: Erin (Adjusting to Life with a Newborn, a Toddler and a Preschooler)

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Written by Erin, Contributing Writer When Stephanie first gave us the “A Day in the Life” assignment, I thought: “By that point I should have a 6 week old, and we should be starting to get into a new routine.” But life happens, and Baby Girl came almost two weeks late. So, as I write this, I’m still less than a month postpartum. After suffering PPD after my second, I’ve been determined not to overdo things this time around. I firmly believe that postpartum women […]

Day in the Life: Stacy (A Pictorial Look Into the Life of a New-Again Mama)

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Written by Stacy Myers, Contributing Writer Hello! My name is Stacy. My second child, Andrew, was born exactly one month ago yesterday. I’d love to show you what a typical day looks like around the debt-free Myers household, but we just don’t have any typical days right now. Every day has the goals of: eat, sleep, and doo-doo, with a bunch of fun little extras thrown in there from my 3 year old, Annie. For example, hide in the bathroom and eat all the cookies. Before […]

Seven Strategies for Home Schooling Moms

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Guest Writer When my oldest child was three years old, I began one of the most exciting and stretching challenges of my life.  I started home schooling.  Fifteen years later, I am teaching children in the 9th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st grades along with two toddlers.  And that 3 year old?  He’s almost 18 and will be graduating in the spring…from college! I’ve fumbled my way along over the years…trying all kinds of different curriculum, styles, schedules, etc., and I’ve […]

Project-Based Homeschooling

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer This year is going to be our first year homeschooling. I’m excited! My first is finally 3.5 years old, meaning she’s old enough for “preschool” now. She also has a strong interest in learning, and I can’t wait to get started with her in a couple weeks. We’ve chosen to do what I call “project-based” homeschooling this year. We haven’t chosen any particular curriculum or books to work out of. In fact, the few times I’ve sat down with […]

3 More Reasons That Cloth Diapering is Easier Than You Think

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Last week, I began to dispel some commonly held myths about cloth diapering. I began with two of the biggest myths, that cloth diapering is more expensive and that it is more disgusting. The reader response was fantastic and I think that you will find the comments section extremely valuable to take a read through. {As well, the cloth diapering $75 gift certificate giveaway is still going for a few more days… go get entered!} Today I want to continue on with three more myths, that cloth […]

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: Pro-Vaccine and Cautionary Resources

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Guest Post Written by Christina Over the past two weeks, we’ve been approaching the subject of childhood immunizations, trying to come to the issue logically and methodically in order to make the best decisions for our children: The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations (part 1) 10 Questions to Ask (part 2) Many of you have asked for resources and articles so that you can continue your own thinking and start wading through your own research. I recommend starting a three-ring notebook or folder. […]

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations: 10 Questions to Ask

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Last week we started discussing the controversial topic of vaccination.  It has been very encouraging to see the responses it has generated, and to get to discuss a topic so near to our hearts! We began by taking a look at the Foundational beliefs we can use to anchor and base our “Vaccine-Stance.”  We briefly looked at two Blueprints, one being the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule, and the other being a more cautionary approach to vaccines. Today I will present 10 Tools for sifting through […]

The Thoughtful Parent’s Guide to Thinking Through Vaccinations

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Guest Post by Christina It’s one of the big questions new parents face today, once you’ve gotten past “were you trying to get pregnant?” (which I still can’t believe people ask…) and the less invasive “did you do it all-natural?” “are you going to breast-feed?” and even “are you using cloth-diapers?” The question with a capital Q seems to be “are you going to vaccinate?” The stakes are pretty high, or so both sides claim. Everyone says my child’s life is at risk if I […]