Category: Natural Parenting

25 Non-Toy Gift Ideas For Kids

As a person dedicated to living naturally, I try to keep the gifts that we give (and that my kids receive) on the natural side. The holiday season is an easy time for kids to receive oh so many toys, toys that light up and beep and make noise all day long. I like to keep things simple and that’s why I’m excited to share some¬†great gift ideas that do not need batteries or power cords! Below I will share my gift ideas that are all non-electronic – no beeping or flashing lights here! After checking out my non-toy...

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Does an Eco-Friendly Disposable Diaper Exist?

Not everyone is able to use cloth diapers. Even those who do use cloth diapers will sometimes need a disposable option. Sometimes you are going on vacation, sometimes your daycare refuses to use cloth diapers, sometimes relatives just can’t figure out cloth diapers. Whatever the case may be, there might be a time when you need to use disposable diapers. Using disposables can be a conundrum for natural parents. You want to be eco-friendly, you want to limit your baby’s exposure to toxins… and disposables just really don’t scream “green”. Does an eco-friendly disposable diaper exist? Meet Bambo Nature...

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Rules for Limiting Screen Time

I’ve always liked to think that compared to the standard American family, my family is pretty low on screen time. The average 8-10 year old spends 8 hours in front of a screen each day! That’s quite frightening when you consider most kids are probably only awake for about 12 hours. Why is so much screen time a negative thing? Too much screen time has been linked to obesity, problems in school, lack of sleep, and behavior problems such as aggression. I haven’t come across any links yet that say this but I’d also link it to lack of...

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Traveling When You Normally Use Cloth Diapers

We have been a cloth diapering family since my third child was born. I’ve been using cloth diapers for five year now! In all those years, we were generally close to home which meant using cloth diapers was very easy. However, we also took a few vacations and trips. Traveling when you normally use cloth diapers is completely doable. I have taken our cloth diapers anywhere that we could drive to. They went with us to a nice hotel in Canada (washed in the hotel’s laundry machines), they have taken a road trip to grandma’s house (washed in her...

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One Car Seat to Last You From Newborn to Seat Belt

As many of you know, car seat safety is an important topic for me. Car seats have come a long way since they were first introduced and because of them, children are now safer while riding around town. However, it’s not just about picking a car seat and strapping your child in, there are lots of rules to car seats and not all car seats are created equal. One of my favorite car seat companies is Diono. I’ve gone through quite a few car seats with my kids but Diono car seats are definitely our favorite. A few years...

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Our Curriculum 2015-2016

Our family recently started our fifth year of homeschooling! Time has flown quickly since we’ve been homeschooling and I’m now feeling like a “pro”… although I will confess I still definitely have days or subjects where the doubts creep in. Still, five years is a pretty long stretch! One important part of getting everything ready for homeschooling is choosing the curriculum. Obviously you need to know what books you will be using when teaching. This year, our curriculum is pretty similar to last years. There are a few changes but it all the major subjects seem to be the...

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My Natural Hospital Childbirth

In the natural living world, a hospital birth is practically a no-no. Hospitals are seen as a bad thing and anti-natural. Yes, to some extent this is true. Obviously, if you wanted to get back to your roots and the way things were done way back when, then yes, a hospital is not the place to birth. However natural births require moms to feel comfortable in their environment and thus they should choose their birth locations accordingly. For some that is at home, for others (like me) that’s actually at a hospital. I choose to have my babies in...

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