Development, Gentle, love, respectful parenting, sleep

Our Family Bed

If you had asked me 6 years ago my thoughts on children sleeping in their parents’ bed I would have scoffed and said something like, “my children will be sleeping in their own beds…” And then I would have made or thought some remark about enmeshed families. I’m pretty ashamed of that now. And I’m… Read More Our Family Bed

Gentle, Giveaway, raffle, self-care


We haven’t done a giveaway in awhile! I designed a few new shirts recently (You can see them all here) and ordered one in that I particularly loved. 😉 Unfortunately for me, as much as I love loose, flowy tops, the size I ordered is a bit too loose for my liking. Fortunately for you, this means… Read More GIVEAWAY TIME!

Gentle, Mother, self-care

Let’s talk about Losing It

A couple weeks ago I teamed up with Nicole from Svanur and Moon Mother Doula Services to talk about LOSING TEMPERS: what it looks like, what to do after, and how to prevent them. *Fun tidbit: why do we call it “losing my temper” when we can’t control ourselves, but when our littles ones are… Read More Let’s talk about Losing It

Book Club, Gentle

Book Club: No Bad Kids, Toddler Discipline Without Shame, by Janet Lansbury (Session 2)

Book Club is held generally on a biweekly basis in our closed Facebook group: Gentle Parenting of WNY. *Summaries are often statements by the author pulled right from the chapter being discussed. These statements, for me, carry weight and often are what the questions end up being about. Some questions, too, may be questions the… Read More Book Club: No Bad Kids, Toddler Discipline Without Shame, by Janet Lansbury (Session 2)

Gentle, Things we do

It’s Not Too Late To Join In On The Teal Pumpkin Project

Do you know any children with allergies? Join households around the world in supporting The Teal Pumpkin Project! This project advocates for safe, non-food and allergy-free treats to be handed out on Halloween, and allows for all children to participate in the fun! Want to participate? It’s not too late! Here’s what you can do:… Read More It’s Not Too Late To Join In On The Teal Pumpkin Project

Gentle, Mother

adventures in Exclusive Pumping

Meet Sarah!  Sarah Seweryniak is a freelance writer and marketing professional. She resides in Western New York with her husband Matthew. They welcomed their daughter, Genevieve, in the Summer of 2017.   Adventures in Exclusive Pumping In the months leading up to the birth of my daughter, I had been prepping my idea of what… Read More adventures in Exclusive Pumping

Education, Gentle, Giveaway, love, raffle, Things we do

2017 End of Summer Soirée!

Let’s have a party!! We have SO MANY reasons to celebrate: >>we’ve hit 2000 (2000!?) members in our closed group, Gentle Parenting of WNY >>we’re coming up on our 3 year anniversary >>it’s the end of Summer (that’s a reason to celebrate, right?) We’ll have some games set up for the kids, you can do… Read More 2017 End of Summer Soirée!

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!)😘

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

Behavior Analysis, Development, Education, Gentle, love, reasonable expectations, Reinforcement, respectful parenting, Uncategorized

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