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3 reasons you should travel with young children

3 reasons to take your kids to see the real (non-Disney) world.

I am frequently told that it’s a waste of time to travel with kids because “they won’t remember it anyways”. Parents who are more experienced than myself usually advise me to wait until our kids are older--maybe 10, 11, or 12 years? I smile and nod politely—but the truth is I disagree. We recently returned ...

A Case Against Childproofing

American mother Debra Ollivier gave birth to her first child in Paris. When her baby reached the age of mobility, she shares, “I baby-proofed our apartment with rubber edge liners, covers on electrical sockets, latches on windows, locks on drawers and toilet seat guards… my French neighbor Genevieve took one look at our place and ...

A System to Limit Screen Time

It had been a very long day. I was potty training a toddler and surviving with an infant taking 45-minute naps. As bedtime grew near, the toddler told me, "Mama, I give you hug." I welcomed his sweet embrace. He pulled my ear close to his mouth and whispered in his softest 2-year-old voice, "I ...

Birth Story + How Breastmilk Saved My Baby

My Not-So-Simple Birth Story + How Breastmilk Saved my Baby

When you are pushing out a baby, breathing is important. When I woke up on the morning of my due date with the worst cold I have ever had, I was scared. I couldn't breathe.  The thought of making it through another unmedicated labor and delivery in this condition was terrifying. It was the early Spring ...

What to pack in your hospital bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

As an aspiring minimalist, I like to pack light. But I also make sure that I am well prepared. When I decided what to pack in my hospital bag for labor and delivery, I was equipped with some excellent advice from fellow moms. I found this advice to be invaluable. Today, as I finish packing for baby ...

For the Love of Skinny Babies

Who doesn't love a chunky baby? My son was a big baby at birth. He received a lot of praise from family members for being "a big, healthy boy". But by 3-months, he had dropped into the 5th percentile for weight. Yes, that is single digit "5th". The pediatrician told me he was perfectly healthy--he ...