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Hello and welcome to my blog! I am a certified childbirth educator and mindfulness practitioner and trainer. I am also studying to become and counsellor specialising in parenting and child development and am almost finished my doula certification. Most importantly, I am a mum to four amazing children and a wife to my wonderful military husband. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy. ~ Renee

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The Hard Heart of Parenting

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:45
 My body tenses. Teeth clench. Heart hardens. I don’t hurt him. I don’t yell. Yet, my heart hardens with frustration. My agenda to clothe my two-year-old collides with his interest in remaining naked. He wants to play with his trucks on the bedroom floor; I have a morning adventure planned.…
“She’s too old to nurse. You need to stop.” “There’s no way my son is nursing when he’s three years old!” “You are being selfish. Breastfeeding past one is unnecessary. You only do this because it gives you pleasure.” “I should have a say in this situation. Why do you…

Celebrating Doulas

Saturday, 16 August 2014 05:46
Aztec elders taught that women who died in childbirth go to the same level of paradise as men who died in battle. After attending over forty births, I fully understood why. Men die in battle from intense wounds. They bleed as they sacrifice for a greater cause. The same holds…

Interview with Amy Wright Glenn

Saturday, 05 July 2014 04:43
Last month, Jill Reiter from the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) interviewed author, doula, chaplain, and mother Amy Wright Glenn. In this 35 minute reflection, Amy reads from her book, "Birth, Breath, and Death" and reflects upon the role of a doula in supporting a mother's "hero journey" through…

The Ocean, The Buddha, and Nummies

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:47
I stand in the ocean. The water is warm, placid, and crystal clear. Little translucent fish swim around my legs. I hold my 22-month old son Taber in my arms. He rests his head on my shoulder. My husband puts his goggles on to check out a nearby Needlefish. It’s…

Tomorrow You Turn Two

Sunday, 30 March 2014 09:25
Tomorrow you turn two. You are my little one, my constant companion, my sweet guy. Soon you will have journeyed twice around our glorious sun. Today, I watch you move, jump, and dance. We practice singing “Happy Birthday” in the mirror. I make up words and blow on your belly.…

What is a Tantrum?

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:54
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, a tantrum occurs when a young child, usually between the ages of 1-1/2 to 4, experiences a mixture of anger and sadness to the point where he or she looses control. A child doesn’t consciously choose to have a tantrum. A tantrum…

Tantrums: How Best to Respond?

Thursday, 16 January 2014 08:24
My research on the subject of tantrums is inspired by the experience of mothering my beloved two-year-old son. In this 13 minute webinar, I draw upon attachment theory, current research on the patterns of tantrums, and brain development. I emphasize an empathetic and conscious approach to supporting little ones through…

Why Public Breastfeeding Is Necessary

Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:07
Countless ingredients, some yet to be discovered, perfect nourishment and comfort for the child, and life saving processes for the mother; No one can question the benefits derived from, not just breast milk, but the act of breastfeeding. Yet it seems every day there is a new story about a…

A Day to Live Again

Monday, 25 November 2013 10:49
Oh little boy. If I could just pick one day in my life to live over and over again, it may well be today. Why not? It was just a perfect day with you. We played in the ocean. You “swam” back and forth between Carol and me. You laughed…
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