Natural Parenting has been in hiatus for the past 2 years but as of July 2016, is being resurrected with A new business directory An Online Marketplace of Natural Retailers. The forum is back online Articles submissions are open again to writers on parenting topics. With this new beginning, I’d like to make sure all…

I am an under 10 boys soccer coach.  An unlikely one as I was never a good player.  2 years ago my youngest son’s coach had to quit unexpectedly. 4 weeks later with no new coach I put my hand up and said “Give me a shot at it.  I figured I could not do…

Post finished… ha ha! Before we go any further I need to make a few distinctions.. Discipline refers to guiding, modelling, teaching, leading and encouraging. Punishment refers to penalising, humiliating, inflicting harm, or chastising. There is so much fear around not “punishing children” and children not having “consequences” for their behaviour – you may have…

This fun, colorful activity is something that everyone in the family can try.  Whether you are 3 or 93, it is simple and everyone will proudly create a unique masterpiece. We call it golf ball painting.   Technically you can use any round object that is not too large and preferably smooth. What you’ll need: A…

Adena Graham About 20 months ago, my husband and I stopped eating meat. This process towards a different way of eating was very piecemeal. I’d studied Animal Welfare Law at university when I was 20. Having written a dissertation on factory farming, and seen related videos, I wanted to drop meat consumption back then. However,…

Let’s face it. It’s hard to let go, and even just the vaguest thought of them learning to fend for themselves is enough to give us parents a serious case of empty nest syndrome, and we’d really rather enjoy their early years to the fullest. But all the experts will tell you the same thing:…

It’s a simple skill — listening. Though we can develop nuanced abilities to savor certain qualities in various particular soundscapes, it doesn’t take much to, say, hone in on the words the person in front of you is speaking. Remembering to use that skill in the middle of the umpteenth interruption of the day, while…

One of the greatest and most influential relationships that you will ever have is with your child. A relationship is defined as an emotional connection between two people, whether by marriage, blood, or emotion. The best way to build a meaningful relationship with your child is to form an emotional connect and gain a better…

Just found out you are pregnant? Most women and / or couples are filled with a rush of emotions which may include joy, trepidation, exuberance, fear…. but in almost all cases the first things that come to mind are “When did i conceive, and when am i due”. Whilst the exact moment of conception is…

What is involved in family health? Genetics, healthy lifestyle, open respectful communication, parents who are strong and confident in their roles and provide clear boundaries. All of these might be good goals for most of us, so where do things go wrong?

When asked what I would like to be when I grew up, I can’t say I actually aspired to being a divorcée, however glamorous it sounded, or, for that matter, a wicked stepmother. I don’t know about you, but it’s not exactly every girl’s childhood fantasy, and

Stay-at-Home Dads (SAHD) do it tough. Their social support network, compared to their partner’s, is thin and weak. Their working peers don’tunderstand what they do all day. They make statements like, I so wish I was like you. You can spend the day surfing

Did you ever have that experience where you’re looking at a car to buy and it has what the salesperson calls ‘extras’ – which you know are actually standard for the model? CD player, air-con, airbags, etc.

Prescription drugs can save lives – that is indisputable – but as guardians we must also recognise that the over-use of drugs may in fact damage the health of our children. Drug companies earn billions of dollars each year by successfully breeding fear in

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