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I am so glad I am a parent! It is a very special thing to be a part of. We can not take the job lightly. We have to be the best parents that we can be. We need to help our children learn and grow. We need to feed them the right foods, teach them new things, and do everything that a parent should do; especially love our children.  Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's PlanI want to be with my husband and children forever because I love them very much.

It is so much fun watching my children grow. I cannot believe how fast children grow and learn new things. It is amazing that a women can bring into this world such small people and they end up being bigger people. I will always love being a parent and I hope you enjoy it also! 

Attachment Parenting

What is attachment parenting? I have wondered what it was and many others have wondered that same question.

We feel attachment parenting is very important and we practice it in different ways. Below, you can read about the different ways we follow attachment parenting.

Natural Childbirth

Before my daughter was born, I wanted a natural childbirth and I did. I did not take have any form of medication or an epidural to kill the labor pain. It did hurt but I knew I could handle it because it would be over soon. I only went through the hurting stage for just over an hour. My labor only lasted seven and a half hours before I gave birth to my daughter. I knew I would be in more control if I had a natural childbirth and my body would not be filled with drugs. I would know what natural childbirth was like and I could breast feed my daughter after she was born. I knew I did not need drugs because I can handle pain. I really did not have time even to think about medication or an epidural because my labor was so fast for a first time mother.

Home Birth
We had our third child at home in 2004.  I wished I had it for all three of my children.  I did not have to worry about the doctors wanting to do something I didn't want them to do.

Crying & Spanking
Updated 6/3/02

We feel it is important not to let our children cry and cry. We like to pick them up when they need our comfort or just want to be held. We did have to let our daughter cry while she learned to sleep through the night (but that was when she was 21 months old). We did that because I was too tired to nurse her during the nighttime; since I was pregnant. You can read this experience in her journal.

I let my son cry during the night starting on March 11, 2002.  He was 28 months old.  Sometimes I will go and pick my son up (and he falls right back to sleep).  It happened just recently (late May 2002) and it was because he had gas and had to let it out.  He feel right back to sleep.

I feel if you let a baby cry they will then think that you don't care and trust you in later years to come; especially when they are younger.

We also feel spanking is not necessary. We discipline our children by telling them nicely what they have done wrong and what they need to do the next time. We show love in our home and we feel love is important in building a trusting bond and relationship with our children.  

Stay At Home Mom

I stay at home with my daughter and son. I feel it is important for me to teach her the things she needs to know and not for other people; besides my husband. I love staying at home with her everyday. I would miss all the laughter and kisses; if I were not at home with her. I would also miss all the main events that take place in my children's lives.  I love them very much.

Sleeping in the Same Room (Co-Sleeping)
Added 1/26/05

We had all of our beds in the same room when my son was a newborn.  His big sister just wouldn't go to bed and we were tired by the time she finally went to bed.

We now have our baby daughter (born in  2004) sleeping in between us.  We don't know how long we will do it because we enjoying every moment of it.  It is nice not having to get out of bed to go and nurse her or burp her so she feels better.  Since she started rolling over, we have her in a playpen in our bedroom.  We have our older children in a separate room.

Nursing
Added 1/26/05

I nursed my first daughter until she was 25 months old and my son until he was almost 32 months old.  (See below.)  I nursed my youngest daughter until she was about 4 years old and 4 months (most of those months she was just nursing only once in awhile when she was ill).

Extended Breastfeeding
Updated 1/26/05

I breastfed my daughter until she was 25 months old. She self weaned when her baby brother was born. You can see more about my breastfeeding experience and links to breast feeding and breastfeeding while pregnant on my Breastfeeding Page.

I stopped nursing my son during the night about March 12, 2002. I stopped his naptime nursing around April 22, 2002.  Sometimes I have to put my head down by him and he usually falls asleep.  I completely stopped nursing him in July 2002 (right before he turned 32 months old).  I just couldn't do it anymore and my milk was gone.  It was more of a comfort thing and something to get him to go to bed at night time.

Home Schooling
Updated 6/3/02

I was a certified teacher through November 2003. However, you do not have to be a certified teacher to home school your children. You just need to find out is what your state or country requires to home school your children. When our children are school aged or even before, we plan to home school them. We feel it is important to do this part of their learning. We can teach them so much more since the regular school system can't do what every child is interested in and what every child needs at that time. You can find out some other reasons why we are going to home school our children on my Educational Resources page.  There are lots of resources there (including home schooling).

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Reciprocal Links
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Viewers Links
Bruderhof Saving Childhood Forum is for anyone who believes children need and deserve time and space simply to be children. It features discussions on relevant topics and trends such as the damaging effects of TV, as well as ideas to help make childhood memorable and a weekly email offering constructive games, arts or crafts activities to do with children.

Parenting Club - An Online Community for Parents An online community and resource for parents and expecting moms, including message boards, live chat, book and product reviews, parenting news and articles, resources for kids and more!
RedEnvelope.com is a great source for cute baby gifts.  From keepsake kits to personalized blankets to unique toys, RedEnvelope has a great selection for babies.

Attachment Parenting Links
Attachment Parenting: A Style that Works William Sears
At Home Mothers
Breastfeeding, Extended Nursing and Attachment Parenting Links & To Danielle's Homepage
Mackenzie's Home Page
Kidz Are People Too Birthstories, Breastfeeding, Graphics, The Family Bed, Natural Healthcare, Crying Babies and Much More
SimonSays.com: What is Attachment Parenting & Links to Attachment Parenting

Language Arts
Language Arts Resources & Activities
U-Play eBook - pdf

Special Needs
Special Needs Resources (including Autism, Asperger's & More)

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Food and Nutrition Links for Children
Kitchen Kids
Super Baby Food.com Includes sample recipes

General Information for Parents
Baby Bag: Parenting Information
Baby Center - Your complete resource for pregnancy and baby information
Baby Central
Baby Talk.Org: Building Blocks of Parenting
Bestfed.com Resources of Things Parents Need to Know
Breast Milk Does Every Body Good Breast milk helps cure a lot of different body ailments (babies and adults).
Caring for a Toddler & Activities
Childfun.com: As They Grow - Advice & Articles from Pregnancy to Teenagers!
Heathtex Playville Hill (Play, Girls Club, Advise, Links, Doctor, Shop and More
KidHealth
ParentsPlace.com
ParentsPlace.Com Message Board: Index of Everything from Parenting, Pregnancy, and More
Parent Soup
Stony Mountain Botanicals: Recipes for Kids Baby Wipes, Massage Oil, Baby Oil, Teething Gel, and More
The Learning Pages!: Resources for Teachers and Parents Helpful Information, Fun Stuff, and Links
The Natural Child Project
Ultimate Internet Baby Guide
Johnson & Johnson (Information for Parents on What if your baby ... & How to ... your baby)

Formula Companies and More Information for Parents; including, Breast and Bottled Fed Babies
Enfamil Family of Formula It also has information for parents.
Ross Products: Welcome Addition Online
Very Best Baby: Carnation

Parenting Links
Baby's Play
BestFed.Com
ChildFun.Com
ChildRecall.com
Jeff's Life - A Former Premature Baby

Baby Showers Games / Printable Baby Shower Games


Birthday Games, Candy Bar Wrappers, and Supplies


Magazines
Zoobooks Magazine
Zoobooks
Music
Children's Music (also for teenagers & adults)

Sign Language
American Sign Language (ASL) & Sign Language Resources