I’m honored to be featured over at All Done Monkey today as part of her Random Acts of Kindness series. I’d love for you to pop over and give my post a read, and see what else you can find on Leanna’s blog, too. She is full of good ideas!
Here’s an excerpt to get you started:
“All of the sudden, anytime strangers would smile at her or say hello, she would frown, turn away dramatically, and sometimes even shout, “NO! DON’T smile!” As someone who values both kindness and genuine interactions, I was stuck. I didn’t want to tell my child that she had to smile at others, or lecture her about kindness in a way that made her feel as though it was her responsibility to behave in a certain way to make others happy. I did a whole lot of modeling, and we had many, many conversations about what she could do – besides yelling – if she didn’t want to interact with someone. Despite all of this, I saw no change and began feeling a bit discouraged. I certainly didn’t want to convince her to act a certain way out of obligation, but I did want her to have interactions with others that were both genuine and peaceful…“
I have a piece up over on Hobo Mama today. If you plan to travel over the holidays, it may have some tips you can use. I’m sharing what I’ve learned about Handling parenting differences with grace, sometimes.
As someone whose parenting practices are on the extremely nontraditional end of the spectrum, I have had more than my share of awkward moments. I’m not always the best at navigating them, either, so I’ve had a great many open mouth, insert foot situations as well. Thankfully, it seems that I am not alone in this, and like many other parents, these difficult scenarios come up most often with family. I admittedly have a very long way to go when it comes to handling them gracefully, but I have learned several strategies, and I’d like to share some of them with you…
Read the rest and share your own wisdom on Hobo Mama.
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!
I have written rather a lot about EC over here, but have I ever told you that it wasn’t me who initiated the first “catch” when Annabelle was a newborn? It was actually the daddy, who amazed me right and left in those early days. I have a guest post on Authentic Parenting today about practicing EC from birth. Maybe you’d like to go check it out?
Speaking of guest posts, you should know that I’m always open to them. Whether you’re a blogger or not, if you have something to say that you think my readers would be interested in, please let me know! I would be honored to host your work here. Speaking of my readers, did you know that quite a number of people actually read this blog? In one short month, it will be a year old and I can’t tell you all what the kindness, inspiration, support, and advice you so freely give has meant. Thank you!