29 September 2011

What is Genital Autonomy?

I like to occasionally peruse the traffic sources that bring people to my blog. Aside from some humourous searches, most are looking for me by name or searching for some aspect of Natural Parenting (and, as a note, most are from Google searches - YAY Google!).

I had one person visit during this last week searching for, "What is Genital Autonomy?"

I have one post that I wrote earlier this year for Genital Integrity Awareness Week, but I'd like to expound a little and explain what exactly I mean by the phrase "Genital Autonomy."

14 September 2011

Wordless Wednesdays: 14 September 2011: Birthday Party Bliss

So... Baby Niko's Birthday Party was a few weeks ago, and I have failed to provide an update. I'm working on a post on how the party went with some fun deets, but in the meantime, here are some pictures from the party. Good times! Party on! Excellent!

13 September 2011

The Essential Art of Play

Welcome to the September Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting Through Play
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 shared how challenging discipline situations can be met with play. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Most parents realize that "play" time is integral to a developing child, but why? Playing is an art that every animal engages in and provides opportunities to explore, interact, vent & converse, learn, improvise & create*, and be.

So how does one parent through play? Easy! The same way one parents any other time! Teaching children how to play and take advantage of the nothingness on their schedules should be a priority.

Play certainly does not have to be, nor should be, a rigorous exercise. Nonetheless, lessons, of sorts, can be incorporated into playing so that "nothingness" turns into "somethingness."