My Parenting Philosophy (sort of)

Today a fellow mom asked why I parent the way I do…Usually i wonder what “way” it is that people are asking about or perceiving but anyways…it got me thinking about it.

In a nutshell – I really think that parents and children should have fun everyday and love life! Even when it’s challenging or messy or not going according to plan…Our children are only little once – I like to believe I am taking each moment for what it is and truly loving my children unconditionally.  Does this mean it’s a free for all – no way! I believe in limits, routines but also in lots of playfulness and mutual respect.

-I want my kids to be happy. I want to be happy.

Not super, the best or perfect.-

I am a breastfeeding (extended and tandem included), baby wearing, co-sleeping,VBAC and natural births mama.  I practice gentle positive discipline, wellness, responsive parenting (a.k.a. attachment parenting/ natural parenting).  I practice this because it works for our family – not because I think it is the one and only way…I call it practice because sometimes I fail. I  believe mothers (families) need to be free to make choices that work for their lives/families and be supported in those choices. Sometimes I might disagree with those choices but that’s something for a different ramble.

I want my kids to be happy. I want to be happy.  Not super, the best or perfect – actually I do not operate with perfect – I’m quite imperfect, silly and very happy to be so!

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Ariadne is a happy and busy mama to three children. She practices peaceful, playful, responsive parenting and is passionate about all things parenting and chocolate. Ariadne has a Masters in Psychology and is a certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. She lives on top of a beautiful mountain with her family, and one cuddly dog.

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