Rethinking and Refreshing Discipline

Chapter 2 of Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings is all about discipline through emotional connection and the tools that you have available to you, to guide your children as they process big emotions and also how they relate to each other.
Little Man is five years old and feels everything so deeply and his reaction to things is usually a huge meltdown. When he was younger and even now he had a challenging time identifying feelings and the nuances of those feelings in others as well. Which resulted in some adorably comical attempts such as, “Are you happy at me?”

Little 2 also has entered into the stage of trying to work out his emotions and the emotions of others.  We try to use He also has a really difficult time identifying the emotions he is feeling.  He has a bit of a leg up on this because we have better language examples from working with Little Man but there are still those moments where the both of them are unable to verbalize what they feeling or how to empathize with each other.

Building our emotional intelligence vocabulary during quiet time.

Building our emotional intelligence vocabulary during quiet time.

At Little Man’s school his teachers worked with concrete toys that displayed the emotions and we kept meaning to find something similar.  Well Nana to the rescue, she gifted Little 2 some figurines from Inside Out and they have become one of our tools with helping to talk through and identify those emotions.  When they have a disagreement we are working towards showing them that they may be feeling similar things if they are choosing the same emotional character.

It’s not perfect but we are working on it.

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Three Really Hard Things

NPN RTD featureThis post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth.

They really do adore their little brother.

They really do adore their little brother.

So we added a baby to the mix, another boy and for those of you keeping track that is three. Three really adorable boys with very active and different personalities. We also made the decision that I am going to be staying home this coming school year. We started looking for daycares again and no one wanted to take an infant for the timeframe we wanted, also any of the in home daycares already had two under age two, so couldn’t take another infant and I was done with hiring private sitters after our last three quit without warning because they were done being nannies. Oh and one other thing we forgot – how tiring this can be when you aren’t as young as you once were.

Here we are four months postpartum and we both feel lost as parents. My husband said to me the other day, “I don’t know why I’m angry all the time,” I didn’t know what to say to him because I felt that way too. We were both coming from places of anger in our interactions with our children and so far off the mark of where we wanted to be. Yelling had become the only means of communication. So we both needed to get back to more meaningful and peaceful connections with our kids but felt a bit lost as to how to get there.

Dr. Laura’s book presented three steps to peaceful parenting and introduced those right off the bat.

Peaceful Parents regulate their own emotions. So again that reminder is on us. We are the adults are we are responsible for setting the tone of how we respond to our children. Modeling that behavior of regulating our emotions helps our children regulate theirs.

We are still working on that part but we are each trying to find what works for us. I’ve adopted some mindful practices and also I am trying to meditate. My husband is getting back to exercising to help work off his energy and help him regulate his emotions.

A Peaceful Parents prioritizes staying warmly connected to their children. Connection between parent and child, translate to connection between siblings.

In the heat of the moment, this is hard, especially if I do not have the first part under control. But I am finding ways to prioritize connection with each child and finding that lessons the times where they are fighting and I am having to react.

A Peaceful Parent coaches instead of controls. What does that mean? Well think about it, your coach shows you how to work as a team without forcing you to.

Right back to the heart of the matter here – we want to teach our children the whys of their behavior, not just force them to blindly follow direction. Our children are unique individuals and we want to embrace their differences and help them find their strengths and appreciate each other.

Those three things seem really simple and really hard all at once. We are looking forward to learning more from Dr. Laura’s book.

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Second Annual Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway (Terramor Flower Pendant Necklace)

Second Annual NPN Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway (12/6, 24 winners, US only ARV $2587.26)
This review is part of the Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide!
If you need to complete your holiday shopping, find a birthday present for a friend, or just treat yourself to something special, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone. But what’s even better, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to shop consciously and to support many naturally minded small businesses.

The 55 companies that have provided items for review and giveaway are almost exclusively made up of work-at-home shops or companies that are dedicated to supporting eco-conscious choices. I’m featuring one of those companies in my review below. When you get done reading my review, please click on over to the full Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide, where you’ll find information on 58 products. In total, we’re giving away goodies worth more than $2500!
Even if you don’t win one of our fabulous prize packages, please consider spending part of your gift-giving budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling. Take advantage of coupon codes provided by many of the companies, you can find them at the full Gift Guide at NPN. To make browsing easier, we’ve split the Gift Guide into sections with products that are Perfect for Kids and Perfect for Families. And you can find all 6 Rafflecopter widgets there, too.
Without further ado, here is my review – thank you for reading and entering!

 This is a Joint Review and Giveaway of a Flower Pendant Necklace from Terramor between Natural Parents Network and The Artful Mama.

About Terramor

Cute little crochet heart and business card came with my jewelry

Cute little crochet heart and business card came with my jewelry

Terramor is owner and designer, Alia’s creative outlet.  Alia is committed to creating beautiful jewelry that is also ethically and ecologically responsible.  She creates one of a kind pieces that are designed by her using ethically sourced materials in combination with “reloved” beads and charms.  Alia takes great care when designing each piece to make sure that the beauty of the piece will be cherished for years to come.  She is continually learning and honing her craft and creating new and exciting pieces.

Our Experience

I enjoyed wearing the necklace with an asymmetrical placement of the pendant

I enjoyed wearing the necklace with an asymmetrical placement of the pendant

I had the chance to try a beautiful Three Strand seed necklace with reloved beads and brass pendant and a 100% ecofriendly bamboo cord bracelet with emerald miracle bead, acrylic and 100% recyclable.  The necklace has a delicate quality to it and was versatile enough to be worn with casual outfits, professional and formal wear.  The beautiful brass pendant complimented the green beads and added just enough contrast to create visual interest.

The bead is green but when I photographed the bracelet, it looked bronze.

The bead is green but when I photographed the bracelet, it no rx viagra looked bronze.

The bracelet was equally exciting!  The miracle bead changed appearance in different lighting.  The slide closure was easy to use.  Some of the glue was a bit scratchy but it wasn’t enough to make me want to take it off.  Alia can customize the length for different wrist sizes if needs.

Buy it!

You can purchase your own necklace or bracelet at Terramor’s blog or earrings on Terramor’s etsy page. There are many options available, Terramor really has something for every style or occasion.


For your own chance to win an Flower Pendant Necklace from Terramor, or one of the 26 huge prize packages we’re giving away, come back to this post on November 6th when our Rafflecopter widgets will go live for your chance to enter! Or you can visit Natural Parents Network on November 6th to see and enter to win all of our fantastic prize packages at once!

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Heaven in an Inch

20130711-173328.jpg I needed a pick me up today and I’ve actually been dreaming that I should do this. Actually I probably shouldn’t but some days just call for a little crazy to get you through this moment and onto the next. So here is cheap viagra my crazy to get me by. Two sections of a Hershey bar smothered in almond butter – you could substitute peanut if you are inclined and covered by another two sections of the same Hershey bar. Repeat until you run out or your children beat you to finishing the bar. You’re welcome!

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Pumping Tips on NPN

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Diaper Woes: Our Rash Salve Recipes

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Little #2 is giving me a run for my money as a cloth diaper advocate. Since he began teething, he has been having a persistent diaper viagra medication rash in his cloth diapers. We would switch to disposables, strip our … Continue reading

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