“Triggers”, and How to Defeat Them

Our imperfect tree... Yet, our best one ever.

That time of year is upon us — you know, the holidays. For some, it’s a stress-fest; for me, it’s always been an extra special time for family, with one exception — setting up the tree. Growing up, the holiday season was the one time during the year that my dad was happy; as a […]

Summer Fun, FYK Style

Rebel Toddler at the lake

Just a few of our favorite photos from the past few months. What does summer look like around here? A bit like this:


Rebel Toddler, checking the creek for water snakes

Earth Mother (8) & Honey Bear (2) taking a stroll.



Lots of digging. Lots of swimming. Lots of sunshine.


After YOUR Meltdown… Pulling Yourself Together


Today, you had a meltdown. Children have them; adults have them, too. I have mini-meltdowns a few times a week, mainly in the form of getting annoyed or agitated. I’ll often speak unkindly and say something I’ll later regret. A few months ago, I had a major meltdown. I wigged out, kicked a bottle of […]

Can Peaceful Parenting Change the World?

Mama Honey Bear

Just something I’ve been thinking about…

Perhaps we’re doing it all wrong. Maybe the idea that one man and one woman get hitched, set-up their own distinct home, and raise their children (basically alone) is the cause of many of our current societal problems.

Taking care of children is difficult. Even in a committed partnership, […]

Empowering Them… They Can Do It Themselves

Cute baskets for everyone!

Hi, everyone. Mama Bear here. With our first two children, we (my husband and I) did everything for them. Food, drinks, clothes, toys — whatever they needed we provided, whenever they needed or wanted it. Going out? I would dress them. Hungry? I would get them food. Covers come off in the night? I would […]