All that glitters is not gold: Why you don’t need to stress about your children's holiday gifts being “good enough”

So I wanted to take some time to give a moment of pause to all of you who are feeling overwhelmed by the holiday and the desire to “do right” by all of the children in you life by providing them with the very best. Of course, one cannot escape the recent media attention that “mainstream” toys have received in the past months. Concern about the quality and safety of toys is important, but the alternatives (i.e. handcrafted, natural, European, etc. toys) are generally significantly more expensive. ...more

Autism Spectrum: So many questions…looking for the answers

Towards the middle of my undergraduate career, I began to become increasingly aware of autism and the challenge presented to countless children and families to unlock the mystery behind the diagnosis. I recall reading Barry Kaufman’s Son-Rise. As I remember, the book spoke from a perspective of integrating one’s self into the world of the child with autism and slowly drawing him or her into the greater world over time. ...more

What is a Crunchy Parent?: My thoughts on what crunchy parenting is and why I think it’s no excuse to judge other moms and dads

This post has been a long time coming. I see parents all the time wondering what it means to be a crunchy parent, as if to question whether they understand the idea or if they are doing it “right.”. As with all things, there is no right answer, and I’m surely not the mouthpiece for the entire attachment parenting community. That said, since I went and slapped the “Crunchy Parent” name on myself, and people come wandering over to CrunchyParent.com after searching for an answer to “what is a crunchy parent?” I suppose that I should at least offer up a few of my ideas on the subject. Anyway, time to quit stalling and commit to some words…. ...more

Bill Maher and His "New Rules" About Breastfeeding In Public

Seems like just this morning when I was saying that I had moved on from my recent breastfeeding kick and was all eco-focused these days. Then Bill Maher had to go and open his mouth and get me all riled up about breastfeeding again. A bit of irony for Mr. Maher too, as it looks as though he’s advocating that we drop “petty” pursuits such as breastfeeding activism in favor of more “worthy” causes such as the environment. Silly me, I didn’t realize that it was one or the other, but then again Mr. ...more

Fantastic 100% whole grain zucchini bread recipe: food allergy-friendly and still so good!

I’ve been unable to make much zucchini bread this season, which is terribly sad since it freezes really well and can be made in a zillion delicious varieties and all things being equal is a pretty healthy dessert option. Today however the stars aligned and I was able to knock out a few batches of zucchini bread with the last of the summer squash from the farm. My recipe eats up a good amount of zucchini, uses 100% organic whole grains, is lower in fat than traditional recipes, and is wheat free, dairy free, and soy free (it is not gluten free or sugar free, and if you add in chocolate chips, all bets are off). ...more

It does sound good and full of healthy ingredients.

Kalyn Denny
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Revealed

I’m such an idiot. Such a complete and total idiot that for decades I have bought the “let’s save the environment through reduce, reuse, and recycle” line. I have patted myself on the back each week as we haul mountains of recyclables out to the curb in our big plastic bins, dwarfing our little garbage can destined for some poor landfill. “I’m dong such a good job,” I told myself as I sat around feeling all eco-superior to the neighbors who recycled far less than I. And really when you think about it, isn’t “recycle” the “R” that is pushed to most Americans? ...more