parenting Archive

What a fun and rewarding few weeks I’ve had as friends, fellow food allergy mamas and bloggers have reached out to talk about my new children’s book, HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy! One mama in particular asked some questions that really got me thinking about how the inspiration for HumFree began and what his message of inclusion means to my family–and hopefully will mean to you. What will HumFree’s message mean to you? You can find out now, because HumFree is available on my website!

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As we celebrate the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I continue to think about what it means for us. Declaring our freedom takes courage. It takes strength. Guts. Conviction. Inspiration. Persistence. Hope. Faith. The word “independence” is powerful, isn’t it? It has so many important meanings for us–especially for those of us managing food allergies. Let’s Declare Our Freedom From Food Allergy Fears Last year, in the spirit of freedible.com’s independence movement, I wrote one of my favorite posts about how my family declared its independence from food allergy fears. It was a powerful post for me. It had so many levels of meaning. What my family and I did was start a tradition of writing down our fears on a piece of paper, reading them out loud, […]

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Parenting can be hard enough. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just reach out to each other and our kids and have a redo whenever we want? Well, why not? During this past week of Easter, I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings and what they really mean. Starting over. Forgiveness. Isn’t it a relief when we can truly start over without bad feelings and lingering resentment? Forgiveness and letting go of deep resentments and hurts are big emotional hurdles. But what about smaller stumbling blocks? What about simpler issues? With two strong-willed kiddos who inevitably want different things–or the same thing like the same toy, tensions inevitably can rise. Words are said. Behaviors occur. Feelings are hurt. Frustration mounts. The Beauty of the “Redo” What can […]

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My top five most popular posts of 2014 shared helpful parenting tips as well as my vulnerabilities and thoughts about being a mama managing food allergies. My second year in the blogging arena has been educational and rewarding. From forming supportive relationships with members of the parenting and food allergy communities to staying up-to-date on the latest studies and legal issues, it has been an exciting year! My focus on the blog continues to be one of sharing my journey as a mama managing food allergies while engaging in mindful parenting. I invite you to take another look at the posts and share your thoughts!

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Is my parenting preparing my son for school? As my son navigates his first year in school, it will be so important for him to feel confident on his own in this new environment. Am I instilling the values and skills he will need for his new independence? Will he be happy, comfortable and confident as he embarks on this new and important stage in his life? Am I providing the tools to feel capable and ready for this big transition? I believe my answers reside in what I think of as the “Three C’s of Parenting”…

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As we get ready for school to begin, the anxieties inevitably surface–especially if you have food allergies or other health concerns. I can’t help but share two great back-to-school books that we’re already putting to good use: Kari Dunn Buron’s When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live With Anxiety and School Made Easier: A Kid’s Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-Busting Tools, by Wendy L. Moss and Robin A. Deluca-Acconi.

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Do you find yourself weeding through your inbox to find that important e-mail you were saving? Or perhaps it takes you forever to find something to wear with the clothes piled high in your closet? With the days of summer dwindling down and back-to-school organization a must, I’m getting myself and my things in order and ready for a busy and exciting fall schedule. To put it simply, we need to clear out the clutter. Here are my top five tips for clearing out the clutter.

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So there’s a charming historic home that dates back to the 1800s and is for sale down the road. Oh, how I’d love to turn it into my family’s dream home and potentially a B&B. As the parent of a child with food allergies, staying at home and freelancing has been the best option for my family. In addition to writing, I also love historic homes and can’t help but think about the one just around the corner. But would running a B&B be realistic? Could we stay afloat? Would it really be the dream home and lifestyle for my family? The reality is that running a B&B takes a lot of elbow grease, sweat and smarts.
For those of us who have what I call “the Four P’s”–the personality, patience, place and price, inn-keeping could be the answer to having the home and job of our dreams. I’ve also discovered another “P” that could be the secret ingredient to success.

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In honor of National Children’s Book Week, here’s a new review of a cute picture book about managing our feelings that my kids can’t seem to put down. Liesbet Slegers hits a home run with this story about Kevin, a likeable and typical little boy who experiences the very big feelings life throws at him throughout his day. If you have a young toddler and a child in elementary school, this book is sure to be a big hit with both! Slegers offers colorful and cute illustrations that are perfect for engaging this age group and taking kids through all of Kevin’s very common daily activities, which leave him feeling very common emotions: happiness, anger, sadness and fear.

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