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Giving Thanks For Intact Education

It was perhaps the first beautiful day of the season and hardly anyone showed up. The morning was slow, and though I was grateful to spend a few hours outside without nearly fainting from the usually oppressive Texas heat, we had come here to talk to people… a lot of people.

The turnout did remain slight all day, but the conversations we had were meaningful. Even those who seemed to think they had no personal history with circumcision certainly had plenty to say… or plenty left unsaid, for now.

At the end of the day, though I did feel somewhat frustrated, confused and deflated, I walked away feeling mostly just thankful. The best part is, I know I wasn’t the only one.

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Peaceful Parenting From The Sidewalk

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This weekend, I joined with advocates from across the nation to Chalk The Walk with our favorite peaceful parenting messages.

As always, this is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome to participate. Perfect for us — especially this time with a 1.5-day-old baby and a 3.5-year-old kiddo in tow!

A variety of peaceful parenting topics were on display: Informed birth choice, breastfeeding, nighttime parenting (no CIO), cloth diapering, babywearing, gentle ‘discipline’, genital autonomy…

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Preparing Big Sibling For a Baby

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Not too many weeks after the positive pregnancy test, we told MaiTai he was going to be a big brother.

We wondered if he even knew what it meant to be a brother… to have a brother or sister…  or even the differences between himself at not quite three years old and a newborn baby, much less one in a womb. He knows what a womb is, right?

We had a lot of work to do! Or so I thought.

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Introducing New Sister Blog, ‘Let’s and Say We Did’

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Announcement time! So, I started a new personal blog to accompany this one.

Let’s and Say We Did (LASWD) is a personal blog I’m keeping to document the near and far adventures, special milestones, and local experiences of our unschooling, ‪vegan‬, book-collecting family.

As you know, this sister site Mama’s Milk, No Chaser covers ‪breastfeeding‬, ‪motherhood‬, and peaceful parenting topics. I felt like a separate destination would be more appropriate for capturing thoughts on other favorite family-related subjects.

If you’re interested in unschooling, local Texas family activities, childhood magic, vegan recipes, kid projects and other neat stuff… I welcome you to follow the LASWD blog or like the FB page!

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For the latest updates and to see what else I’m sharing about unschooling and conscious childhood:

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Top 10 Posts of the Year

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Moving into winter now, the general atmosphere of life is all about reminiscing and catching up.

I’m so thankful for this little blog, the outlet it’s provided to write about what’s relevant to me at this time, and especially happy to have connected with many of those who follow this page and take time out of their days to read my posts. ❤

So, in anticipation of slowing down with post frequency during the holiday season, I compiled this list of the top ten most-read pieces published on Mama’s Milk, No Chaser in 2015. (The year’s not over yet, but I’m confident enough these will remain in similar enough positions in a month’s time).

Hope you enjoy reading!

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8 Ways I Educated About Genital Autonomy Without Saying “Don’t Circumcise”

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Last weekend I hosted a Peaceful Parenting table for Intact Houston/Intact Texas, local chapters for Saving Our Sons (the not-for-profit organization Peaceful Parenting/Dr. Momma‘s focus on circumcision).

My challenge was to include genital autonomy as one crucial component of the peaceful parenting lifestyle … without calling it by name.

I had spoken with a marketing director at my local Babies ‘R’ Us about setting up inside the store to hand out information. After browsing the Dr. Momma web site, she said she’d love to have us there. In fact, as a company they’re very welcoming toward many of the topics mentioned, she explained. Ones like co-sleeping, breastfeeding (they hold regular classes there for newbies) and child-led weaning, babywearing (regular classes at Babies ‘R’ Us for this too), encouragement of gentle discipline and alternatives to punitive parenting (i.e. spanking and crying-it-out) and so on.

But…(there’s always a but, isn’t there?)

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