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13 May 2014

Lessons from Parenting a Three Year Old

from Cleveland Heights, OH, USA
Welcome to the May 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Ages and Stages
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about their children’s most rewarding and most challenging developmental periods. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
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Inevitably, all parents find themselves in the throes of self-discovery as they move through the thick of their children's toddlerhoods.

11 March 2014

The Simplicity of Being a Superhero

from Cleveland Heights, OH, USA
Welcome to the March 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Everyday Superheroes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the remarkable people and characteristics that have touched their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
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Niko has been stuck on superheros for a little while now, as I imagine all children do from time to time. We have a growing collection of figures, from Batman to Spiderman and the Avengers to the small fortune of Star Wars toys he's collected from old stashes and recent trips to the store, and we spend a good chunk of our television time perusing the associated programs and short movies.

But if you ask Niko what being a superhero means, he has some pretty great answers. Aside from having superpowers like flying or being really, really smart, he knows that superheros are good guys - even the lady superheros, good "guys," too - who thwart, fight, destroy, and foil their supervillian opponents.

Superheros are good.

10 March 2014

How to Be Alone.

from Cleveland Heights, OH, USA
I first came across this poem shortly before I had Niko, when I was at the cusp of never being alone again.


Now, when I get one night alone a week, I try to appreciate it. I've never been afraid of alonedom. I've always loved it and needed a moderate amount of it.

Before Niko arrived, I loved the thought of never being alone again. And now, aside from the obvious desiring space to pee alone or sleep in, I relish my time alone, to myself.

I don't think that makes me a bad mother. I'm just being honest.

"If your heart is bleeding, make the best of it." - Tanya Davis