Guest post on NPN

I have a post on Natural Parent’s Network today. It’s an edited version of an older post of mine on consensual living. I have written a couple of follow up posts on actually implementing consensual living too but that reminds me I need to get them finished edited for them.

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Meredith, Fiona, and I went to another LLL meeting this morning. The meetings are held in a building on a school ground. Afterwards, Meredith wanted to play at the playground so we stopped to play for a bit. While we were playing, two older girls showed up. Considering it was an elementary school, they [...]

Bubble Bath in the Sink


Meredith really wanted a bath, but I had just finished painting one of the bathrooms, and (obviously without thinking) had also siliconed around of the edge of the tub in the other one. So this was our solution.

Big laundry sinks are useful for more than just [...]

Consensual Living

I’m not a big fan of labels, but sometimes they can help to clarify yourself to other people. However, often they just confuse an issue even more. I’ve noticed that one such label is “consensual living”. I say this is how we try to live our life, but what exactly does this mean? I [...]


Aware parents accept the entire range of emotions and listen non-judgmentally to children’s expressions of feelings. They realize that they cannot prevent all sadness, anger, or frustration, and they do not attempt to stop children from releasing painful feelings through crying or raging.

– Aletha Solter

I’ve never really liked using distractions when Meredith [...]

Give a child a fish…

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. -Chinese Proverb

I read somewhere once that children are redirected or told no on average every nine seconds. Now, I have no idea how this stat came to be, because [...]


I have started a few posts and then not actually finished them or hit publish over the last few days. I just don’t really feel like I have much interesting to say right now. But now Meredith is sleeping and I tried to lie down with her and she wouldn’t sleep, so I’m staring [...]

Punishments and Rewards

One thing that video I posted in my last post got me thinking about again is praise. I think most people out there don’t even think there is any controversy or differing opinions on the use of praise. Praise is positive, and therefore must be a good thing, right? At the end of the [...]

Dog-Friendly Dog Training

Katherine over at Our Report Card posted this link on her blog: Ian Dunbar on dog-friendly dog training. It’s a 15 minute talk, but very interesting for dog owners, parents, and really anyone interested in relationships. A lot of what he says is exactly how I feel about [...]

Apparently we need a pool…

Kris and I had discussed potentially buying Meredith a little swimming pool for the backyard, but decided maybe we’d hold off until next year, as we weren’t sure she would be interested this young anyway. Apparently we were wrong…

This is the dog’s water dish outside.  It’s not normally this dirty but before [...]

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
~ George Santayana