The best thing about long-term breastfeeding

Mikko looks on as his newborn youngest brother, Karsten, nurses on the first day. There's so much to love about breastfeeding beyond infancy: the closeness, the health benefits for you and your nursling, having a tool to calm and connect. Here's one that continues well beyond the time nursing stops: Your child will think breastfeeding is normal and natural ....more

Breastfeeding here & there

I've breastfed in some unusual places in the past eight years of nursing my three sons. My philosophy is that breastfeeding can happen at any time or place, wherever I am and whenever my baby wants to eat.That's led to some interesting breastfeeding locations! I hope you'll share some of yours in the comments, or even in your own post ....more

Look who's crawling!

Guess who's getting around! It's a bird … It's a plane …It's Superbaby! He's 9 months old and ready to cruise! ...more

Calling for submissions for the August 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Life Learners

We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in August 2015! (Check out July, June, April, March, February, January, and summaries of all our 2014 posts, 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.)Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama.Here are the submission details for August 2015:Theme: Life Learners: How do you continue to educate yourself once you are out of “formal” schooling? Are you inspiring your own children to be lifelong learners? ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Surreys and swings

Here's what's been going on around here lately.Karsten is 8 months old & almost crawling: He's got those ninja moveswhere we don't see him making any efficient or particular forays,and yet when we turn around,he's in an entirely different location.Alrik is learning how to write Superherocatpony (his choice). That E is epic. It's got, like, fourteen lines across ....more

How to help your kids run a marathon, mile by mile

Welcome to the July 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Summer Fun This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about how to get out and enjoy the warmer season as a family. *** Several years ago, I wrote an advice post asking how in the world to get a kid to want to walk ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Camping for the Fourth of July

We went camping for the Fourth of July weekend.And, full disclosure, we meant to stay two nightsand made it only one(though we spent our last day to the full).But if you watch this Auto Awesome video from G+,you'll think we had a golden time.So that's nice. Thanks, Google,for shining it all up for us!Don't get me wrong, it was lovely in its way,just also uncomfortable (said Sam & I),and a little boring (so said the oldest),and with too many bugs (according to both older kids).So maybe we're more indoorsy than out, but …it was still a good weekend forbeach play in the sunset,fireworks across the water,scampering up a slide,hiking through the ferns,looping ourselves with glow sticks,improvising s'mores through a burn ban,and making memories as a family. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Brothers in spring

I came across these gems in my unendingphoto-editing quest.Three brothers in their Easter duds: Looking sibling-sweetin Nana-smocked outfits. Now a little behind-the-scenes glimpse for you: I also quite like this series of Alrik trying to pretend he's notoh-so-surreptitiously unwrappingyet another chocolate egg:And this exhibit of Karsten's moodand Mikko's unflappable good will about it:Eventually we were done confining the poor souls,and they were allowed to run free:And since I'm sharing Easter pictures,I'll go whole hog with youand show you their cute Easter Bunny photo:I had many doubts that anyone would even stand near him,much less sit on his lap,but look how game they were.Love these little dudes! Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Calling for submissions for the July 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Summer Fun

We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in July 2015! (Check out June, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2014 posts, 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.)Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama.Here are the submission details for July 2015: Theme: Summer Fun: In the Northern hemisphere, the dog days of summer are upon us. Share your favorite summertime outside games, let us know what your family's go-to summer products are, give us tips on how to beat the heat, or write something else inspired by the sun.Deadline: Tuesday, July 7 ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Summery goodness

I'm super behind on my photo editing(I just finished the backlog of Karsten at four months …four months late)so … more recent Instagram pics! First time back wearing! It's a hit ....more