Ditching Food Packaging and Disposable Diapers: Garbage Challenge Update

Our garbage challenge has had mixed results so far. It isn't going especially well from the standpoint of reducing garbage output. We filled an entire kitchen garbage bag in the last week. That's half of what we normally bring out to the curb, but it's still a lot. In terms of learning and bringing positive changes, … Continue reading Ditching Food Packaging and Disposable Diapers: Garbage Challenge Update

Willfulness, Willpower, and Willingness (Saying No to My Inner Self-critic, Part 3)

A personal change I'm working on these days is to make room for emotions as they come—feeling them and letting them run their course. In turn, I hope to banish my inner self-critic, a negative, anxious voice with little bearing on reality or what's important to me. I'm motivated to do all this because my … Continue reading Willfulness, Willpower, and Willingness (Saying No to My Inner Self-critic, Part 3)

Letting Emotions Rise to the Surface (Saying No to My Inner Self-critic, Part 2)

My inner self-critic has played a starring role in my life for too long. I delved into that in Saying No to My Inner Self-critic, Part 1. I also promised in that post to take you through my process of evicting the critic. Well, here's where I am right now in the process. "They" say in … Continue reading Letting Emotions Rise to the Surface (Saying No to My Inner Self-critic, Part 2)

How We Stopped Paying for Quality Time

Parent educator Janet Lansbury is a great in my personal collection of parenting literature. Among other things, she writes about how very young children need "wants nothing quality time" with an observant caregiver. This means the caregiver spends uninterrupted blocks of time, maybe 30 minutes a few times a day, observing the child attentively and … Continue reading How We Stopped Paying for Quality Time