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GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone! I’m speaking at this event Saturday on being gentle with yourself and your family. I’m offering some chances to win tickets and goodies over at the Hamburg Essential Oils page. 😊  **GIVEAWAY** I’m giving away FOUR tickets to An Essential Event (happening THIS Saturday)!! https://www.facebook.com/events/120430665252015/?ti=icl Along with your FREE ticket, you get to… Read More GIVEAWAY!

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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

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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?

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Gentle Parenting of WNY Guideline #2

The Gentle Parenting of WNY Facebook group is growing, and I’ve been revising and posting our group’s guidelines so members can see. I figured I’d put them up on the blog, too. If you’re not yet part of the group, join here! If you haven’t yet liked The Gentle Parenting Institute Facebook business page, do it!

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Gentle Parenting of WNY Guideline #1

The Gentle Parenting of WNY Facebook group is growing, and I’ve been revising and posting our group’s guidelines so members can see. I figured I’d put them up on the blog, too. If you’re not yet part of the group, join here! If you haven’t yet liked The Gentle Parenting Institute Facebook business page, do it!

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Gentle Parenting of WNY Mission

The Gentle Parenting of WNY Facebook group is growing, and I’ve been revising and posting our group’s guidelines so members can see. I figured I’d put them up on the blog, too. Although our Mission Statement is on the home page of this site, here it is as a graphic. This is the pinned post… Read More Gentle Parenting of WNY Mission