Education, Gentle, Things we do

Our Summer Idea List (free printable!)😘

The title was supposed to be The Ultimate Summer Bucket List. But as Clare and I talked about it, my husband added that bucket lists sound like ‘To-Do’ lists to him. And he’d rather not have a to-do list during the summer. Pretty sure his contribution to the items on our list was “throw out… Read More Our Summer Idea List (free printable!)😘

Things we do, travel

Top 5 Travel Must-Haves (for our family)

*This post contains affiliate links. I wouldn’t say we travel a ton… but we do get around a bit. Since Danny was born last August we’ve been to Disney World and Tampa, Boston, Niagara Falls (this one feels like a cheat…is it really traveling when it’s only 45 minutes away? It is a huge tourist… Read More Top 5 Travel Must-Haves (for our family)

Development, Education, Gentle, manners, reasonable expectations

Community Chat: SHARING

An interesting post about sharing was posted in the Facebook group not too long ago, and following it was a fantastic conversation on sharing and how some of our members handle this often-tricky topic. This is the shared post, written by Alanya Kolberg: MY CHILD IS NOT REQUIRED TO SHARE WITH YOURS. As soon as… Read More Community Chat: SHARING

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Being Gentle With Our Home

It’s hard to enter the gentle parenting ‘world’ without also rethinking the way you treat your health and the health of the environment around you. I like to think that my husband and I were conscious of sustainable living and healthy eating waaaay before we had kids. But when I became pregnant with our first… Read More Being Gentle With Our Home

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How We Avoid Punishing Our Children

I often see comments in gentle parenting boards asking, “If you don’t punish, what do you do?” Or, “There are definitely circumstances where punishments are necessary, right?” As a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), I frequently have to hold back from defining the term ‘punishment’ because I know that’s not exactly what folks mean. I… Read More How We Avoid Punishing Our Children

Development, Gentle, love, punishment, reasonable expectations, respectful parenting, spanking

Please don’t spank your child.

Please don’t spank your child. “But if I don’t spank them, they will grow up to be entitled brats.” Everything you do as a parent will impact your children. Whether you spank or not does not have anything to do with your child growing up to feel entitled. It will, however, impact the way they… Read More Please don’t spank your child.

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I’m trying… and kinda failing…

​Heyyyy… It’s been awhile! If I could have a theme for this year, it’d be the year of illness. Not necessarily serious illness (though my infant having RSV and the Flu all in one month was a bit serious), but just the lingering coughs, pink eye scare (we didn’t actually have it), and overall feeling like… Read More I’m trying… and kinda failing…

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Mother’s Day Events at The Gentle Parenting Institute!

Don’t forget! Tomorrow we are celebrating our Moms and everything they do at our studio tomorrow! Check out everything that’s happening here: We’re kicking off the day with Mama Zen and a Peppa Pig Tea Party (reservations were required). After, from 1:00pm-3:00pm we’ll have LuLaRoe Jamie & Kate set up shop for one of their awesome… Read More Mother’s Day Events at The Gentle Parenting Institute!

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The Truth About Positive Reinforcement

I recently read an article, a letter from a teacher to a parent, that discusses how positive reinforcement is not the real world. In his argument, he’s partially right about something: that giving your child something as a reward whenever she does a certain thing is not going to increase intrinsic motivation and only set… Read More The Truth About Positive Reinforcement

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CIO: should we do it, or no?

CIO, or Cry It Out, can be a tough topic to discuss among parents. It’s often met with extreme feelings, no matter if you’re a proponent or not. I’ve noticed that occasionally folks may not truly understand what it is when it comes up in discussion, and what it entails. Is it CIO if you… Read More CIO: should we do it, or no?