Parenting

Parenting is such a challenge and at any given time there are about a million people shouting in your ear, telling you what you should and shouldn't do to raise a more perfect human being. It's maddening! I think you need to do what works for you and let prayer and instinct help you out with the rest. These are the resources that work for us, although we tweak some of the information to make things work for our family. I hope you find some helpful information and if you have questions, fire away!

We love the Dr. Sears Family Library! 



This book is an excellent resource for parents who want to know all that there is to know about each and every vaccine that their child is scheduled to get from birth to 18. This book doesn't tell you one way or the other whether you should vaccinate, relying instead on the facts behind the vaccines. There are three different vaccine schedules offered for parents' consideration, from the standard schedule to a very limited schedule, and I find that Dr Sears' information is well researched and objective. Whether you've made up your mind one way or the other, you're still considering your stance, or you haven't really thought about it all, this book is definitely a valuable resource for families to have on their bookshelves!






There are several more books from them, but these are the ones that I've read so far and that I use. With my next pregnancy, I'm definitely going to grab their pregnancy book since I'd be interested to see how it stacks up against the old standards. The Sears approach to parenting (they actually coined the term "attachment parenting") is so gentle, which I love. 


These are a wonderful resource for the pain and misery of a teething for little ones! Amber is actually a resin, rather than a stone, and secretes an oil that acts as a mild analgesic for teething wee ones without the worry of chemicals, artificial colors, and preservatives. Plus, Little Man looks super cute in his. 

I had nothing but positive experiences with this company (which is actually based in Latvia, where some of the world's best amber comes from!) and the products are top notch, both in quality and safety. Each necklace (or bracelet/anklet) comes with a safety clasp and has knots tied between each individual bead just in case the strand should break. The amber is gorgeous and since we put it on Little Man, he's been SO much less drooly and fussy!

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