Time Outs: How To Effectively Teach Your Child Self-Regulation & Personal Accountability

how to use time outs effectively

Our rule of thumb is this: time outs are not meant to stress out or upset a child even more. They should be a break from the current situation (for both the child and the parent) and teach the child that this behavior is not acceptable. Time outs are an opportunity to teach your child a valuable lesson. When Liam acts out, I always ask myself: what can be learned from this? How can I best teach my child this lesson? 

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I’m a Boy Mom, and I Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way

“I’ll be a boy mom one day. I just know it.” Even in high school, I would always assure my friends that I’d be the one with the mini van full of soccer gear in the trunk. The one complaining about bedrooms reeking of dirty socks and too much Axe spray.  It wasn’t like I […]

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DIY Cake Smash Photoshoot From A to Z

As you all know from previous party blog posts I’ve done (like Liam’s western-themed 1st birthday, clubhouse-themed 2nd, or pirate-themed 3rd), we like to go big for our kids’ birthdays. When I say “we”, I really mean I. I do. I’m a crafty person who finds it therapeutic (and maybe a tiny bit stressful, not […]

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My Favorite Safe, Nontoxic & Eco-Friendly Baby Toys

Noah is on the cusp of teething, and, of course, when I searched the house for all of Liam’s old baby teethers, they were nowhere to be found. Even the ones you put in the fridge… Disappeared. Gone. I decided to browse Amazon for the safest, eco-friendly, quality teethers for my little guy (they have […]

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Liam’s Pirate-Themed Third Birthday P-arrrr-ty (And Five Activities Toddlers Will Love!)

I’m usually not the kind of mom who gets all teary-eyed on her kid’s birthdays. I never saw these milestones as anything but exciting, and never got nostalgic over birthdays before. But, this year, something felt different. Maybe it’s because Noah came into the picture and turned Liam’s world upside down, or because he really […]

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The No TV Challenge: A Day With No Screen Time

Let me be honest for a sec, here. Between winter and Noah’s birth, Liam watched way more television than I’m comfortable with in the past few months. But, to be perfectly honest, it’s really all about survival the first three months. All moms know that. And that’s what we did… Survived. Now that spring is […]

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3 Reasons My 6 Week Old (Probably) Started Sleeping Through the Night

I never thought I’d say this… but, at five weeks old, our son Noah joined the Sleeping Through the Night club. I can’t help but think the universe felt bad for us after what we went through with Liam… So bad that it decided we deserved a break with this second baby. Most nights, Liam […]

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3 Ways to Fix Your Baby’s Flat Head (Without the Helmet!)

Our little guy has been the best sleeper. I’m literally shocked. Recently, he’s been sleeping from 6:30pm to 5:30am, nurses for 10 minutes, then goes back down until 8:30am! Tonight is actually his first night in his own room. It’s bittersweet – in a way I’m happy to get our bedroom back, but in another, […]

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11 Newborn & Postpartum Items I Wish I’d Known About For Baby #1

Update: These past couple of weeks (five, to be exact), all I’ve been doing is prioritizing. In other words, all I’ve been doing is cuddling with my little guy. He’s all about skin to skin and eating (and, by that, I mean every hour or two during the day), so my routine has pretty much […]

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Potty Training Boys (Without the Fuss)

One day, out of sheer madness, we decided to do it. You know, the whole stuck-at-home-for-three-days potty training method. Cabin fever, and all. We did it. And believe it or not, those three days turned into five. We didn’t leave the house for five days. And, in the end, it was the best decision ever. When […]

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Mama Naturelle’s Top Picks for New Moms (December 2017)

Hi Mamas! I’m finally in the home stretch (6 and a half weeks to go!) and it’s starting to really hit me that I’m about to give birth. That I’m about to go without sleep for weeks on end and experience bad latches, chapped nipples, and spit up again. The postpartum/newborn stage is a tough […]

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Christmas Gifts for Toddlers (and Beyond)

I’m so excited, Mamas: I’m finally done with holiday shopping. Hallelujah! If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that you should always start your Christmas shopping early. Did I learn this last year, and also the year before?Yes. I did. But that’s beside the point.  I decided to compile a list of some of my […]

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Matching Brother Sets That Will Make You Smile

When I found out I was expecting a second boy, many things went through my mind (Oh my god, my poor house! was one of them, yes.) But despite the craziness bound to happen in our home with two rowdy boys under the age of three, I couldn’t help but smile at the thought of Liam […]

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Mama’s Renovation Project: Liam’s Nautical Room

The most difficult realization I’ve come to in the last few weeks is that, soon, Liam will no longer have our undivided attention. He’ll have to share us with a little human who can’t yet communicate, cries a lot, and monopolizes Mommy’s time. He’ll realize that he often has to play independently to let us […]

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The Truth About Raising Boys

Even before I started reading Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas, I already knew that little boys were nothing like little girls. It was obvious from our earliest play dates, simply observing the way my son and his little friends interacted with the world. I’d watch, in awe, […]

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Second Pregnancy Must-Haves

Hi Mamas! Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to write from a pregnancy standpoint again. I loved sharing my journey towards a natural birth when I was pregnant with Liam, and am thrilled to be able to share some of my experiences […]

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Liam Turned Two (dles!)

This past month has been all about brainstorming, planning, ordering, list-making, and errand-running, so please excuse me if the blog has looked a little sad lately . . . Our little man turned two this past Monday and, to celebrate, we threw him a Mickey Mouse-themed birthday party. This Mama worked her butt off, let […]

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