Category Archives: Guest Post

A September to Remember on Little Hearts Books

I was honored when Little Hearts Gentle Parenting Resources invited me to submit a post for the September to Remember. This little piece on “Making Space for Children in an Adult Word” made a quiet appearance on my blog some time ago and then quietly slipped into the archives, so I was thrilled to dust it off and share it once again.

It’s hard to imagine what the world looks and feels like for a very small child. Every piece of furniture in a standard house is too large to climb on to unassisted. People may be all around you, but it’s all but impossible to tell what they’re doing, since you have to crane your neck to see above their waist. You can only go as far as the room you’re in, unless someone has been kind enough to leave a door open for you. Even if they have, it may have been by mistake and no sooner will you make it into the next room than someone will swoop in unannounced to scoop you up and take you back to the place they think you ought to be… “

Go to Little Hearts Gentle Parenting Resources to read the whole post, and stay awhile! I would love to hear your thoughts, so I’ll see you over there!

Wordless Wednesday: Toddler Sign Language

I’m going wordless (mostly) with this what’s new Wednesday, but I have quite a few words over at Code Name: Mama, where I’m honored to be guest posting today. There I’m discussing How Anger Made me More Compassionate. Here’s a sneak peek: 

On my quest to rid myself of anger, I began regular meditation and tried to cultivate an attitude of mindfulness in my daily life. Through this, I learned to check in with myself and notice any feelings of anger when they arose.I read things that encouraged me to be in the presence of angry feelings without judging them, but my regard for anger as a negative emotion hung on, even without my realizing it. I was still focused primarily on making it go away as quickly as possible. I now see this as akin to distracting a crying child when you haven’t bothered to figure out why they are crying in the first place. Trying to push emotions away instead of examining their cause creates a sense that our strong feelings are somehow inappropriate.”

I hope you’ll drop by, read the whole thing, and give me your thoughts. While you’re there, if you’re not already a regular reader of Code Name: Mama, I encourage you to look around. The site is rich with resources and wisdom for gentle parenting from Dionna who is also cofounder of the Natural Parents Network.


her own approximation of “cracker”

A few words lest I forget the latest: Suddenly, Annabelle can sign everything we’ve ever done, but she’s also talking like crazy to go along with it. This week she started regularly asking for milk verbally, as well as help, and much more. She made her first two word phrase as well. She was at the sink with a wooden bus and I motioned for her to hand it to me saying, “Let’s make sure the bus doesn’t get wet!” She held it under the faucet, which was off, and said, “no wet!” I forgot to mention last week that she started walking backward and also curb walking with one foot in front of the other. It’s something new every day around here!

Transforming Reactions into Responses

While the words [react and respond] are listed as synonyms, looking closely reveals subtle, but important differences. When we react, we take some action, usually one that is intended to counter the thing that we’re reacting to. We may react to yelling by yelling back, or react to change with attempts to stop what is happening. When we respond, we acknowledge what we see and give an answer, but do not necessarily feel a need to counter what we’re responding to.”

To read the rest, please visit TouchstoneZ, where I’m honored to be guest posting today!