Birth Empowerment : Own YOUR Power

Birth Empowerment : Own YOUR Power

We have the power within us to birth our babies. We don’t need anyone to give us authority to do what is inherently and fundamentally a part of who we are. 

What we need is to be informed, supported, and trusted. Through pregnancy and while giving birth, we should be surrounded by people who believe in our ability to bring our baby earthside and are there to help guide us through that evolution. Care providers, doulas and childbirth educators are important, and they play a critical role. They are our partners in birth.

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Cloth Diapering for the Working Mom

Cloth Diapering for the Working Mom

So you’ve made the decision to fluff that cute little bum  – congrats! You won’t regret it! But you’re probably a LITTLE worried about how you’re going to manage all the extra “work” that comes with cloth while you’re working full time. Have no fear, my friend. This full-time working mom has done 4 years of cloth and I’m going to share my tips with you.

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Baby, Back That Glass Up

Baby, Back That Glass Up

This mama is a proud consumer of glass when it comes to food/beverage storage. Decades ago, bottles made of glass were the only bottles made. Did you know that glass bottles are STILL available to purchase?! Check out my reasons for incorporating glass bottles into your stash!

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Terribly Terrific Twos

The “terrible twos” have hit our house.

For probably the whole first year of Lucy’s life, I was never more confident in the decisions I had made in my life than I was that first year she was alive. This is opposite for most first-time parents. I researched and read EVERYTHING I could on different aspects of parenting so that by the time I made a decision, I was 100% confident in the choices we were making as parents.

Boy, Kate is a different story. She has thrown me for a loop since the beginning. But I digress…

The Terrible Twos are challenging! Their ability to think for themselves, communicate their wants and needs, and their desire for independence is sure amazingly awesome to witness but makes me seriously question my parenting. The tantrums, the attitude, the defiance. I’ve yelled at her in response to an exorcist-like tantrum in protest of nap time. I REALLY don’t want to be a mom that results to yelling. It makes me feel out of control of myself and of my household.

Thank goodness for mama groups on Facebook. They have become my sounding board for advice and reassurance when needed. Another mom going through the toddler phase asked for recommendations on books to read to help effectively parent in these formative, important and difficult years.

Janet Lansbury’s “No Bad Kids” was recommended, which I ordered on Amazon that day. Understanding that no two moms will parent the same, this book rings true to what we believe is the most effective way to raise and discipline children: through love and respect. This book has given me two things: 1) reassurance and confidence that we are doing many things right; I’m on the right track 2) Tools and ideas for improvement on areas where Mike and I are missing the boat. I’m about 50 pages in (150 pages total) and I’ve already been able to implement many of the strategies she suggests and have noticed a difference in a few short days!

“Gain perspective. Our attitude toward limit-pushing behavior is everything, and our perspective is what defines our attitude. Testing, limit-pushing, defiance and resistance are healthy signs that our toddlers are developing independence and autonomy” – Janet Lansbury

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I feel like I am again the CEO of my household, confident in the decisions I’m making. A few tools in my tool belt, a cup of coffee in my hand and Eric Church blaring on the radio and I’m back. Peace in the house is getting restored and I’m taking the time to think through how best to discipline – which is most certainly not the easiest way, but the most respectful and honoring ways to help Lucy learn to express her independence and emotions. (yelling, bribery and distraction would sure be easiest but are not forms discipline, as I have learned. Makes sense, right?)

Will I never “lose” it again and yell? Of course I will! But at least I don’t feel unsure of my self.

Now, to figure out miss Kate…. who is increasingly the sweetest and happiest baby.

Gosh I love my girls. Wouldn’t trade them for the whole world.

Next on my agenda, mastering Yoga. In true Shannon form, I am reading about it as much as I can…

Enough for today.

Originally published on February 12, 2016

Trying mommy's Poofy Organics Lip Gloss

Trying mommy's Poofy Organics Lip Gloss