Perspective

It’s funny the days that stick out in my memory.  For as amazing as it is to have a day go smoothly, to have kids that cooperate and are cheerful, to have time to accomplish things and maybe even time to rest…it’s usually the harder, stickier, challenging days that I …

Parenting Yourself

When seeking to parent with gentleness and grace, often the hardest (and most important) part is controlling yourself and changing your own reactions.  As I’ve continued on this journey, I have found that when I shame and “punish” myself, I inevitably end up acting worse. So, I’ve been working towards “parenting” …

Popular GP Words and Phrases pt 2

Intrinsic/Internal MotivationThe word intrinsic means “belonging naturally; essential” (essential as in; the essence of something). When you think of intrinsic motivation, it’s helpful to imagine what “reward” comes naturally to a task or goal. For example, having a nice smelling kitchen with dishes that are always readily available is are …

Popular GP Words and Phrases pt. 1

In this article, you’ll find concise descriptions of popular words and phrases that are often used in the gentle parenting community. +++ BoundariesPut simply, boundaries are lines that you draw around certain behaviors and expectations that mark the difference between “acceptable” and “unacceptable”. They are essentially whatever ways you choose …