Monthly Archives: August 2012

Natural Products To Simplify Your Life

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With a child who has eczema and multiple food allergies, sensitive skin is something I’m all too familiar with. I have struggled with hidden allergens, especially soy, in everyday products like sunscreen, laundry detergent, dish soap, and paper towels. As a result, I’ve sought out products that avoid my son’s allergies, and have found that the best options to date are often the homemade, natural products. Check out these great ideas. 

 

Household Cleaners: 

1. Homemade Floor Cleaner- 

         -Two tablespoons all free & clear

         -1 squirt of natural dish soap

         -3 cups steaming hot water

     Give this recipe a good mix and dump on your floors. Works great on linoleum and tile- I love it in the kitchen. It removes stains and sticky toddler messes like nobody’s business! 

2. Orange Cleaner 

          -Vinegar 

          -lots of citrus peels

     Let set for anywhere from one week to two months, shaking every few days. The longer it sets, the stronger it gets! Check it out: 

 

Soap Alternatives: 

There are many alternatives to soap. One that is great for babies with eczema who just can’t handle the chemicals in soap is a little bit of baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub it into a paste with your hands and give baby a rub down. No squeaky clean smell, but baby will feel clean and chemical free! 

One of my favorite soap alternatives is breastmilk soap. Made with ‘nature’s goodness’, all natural breastmilk! These soaps come in a variety of scents and will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. I found them to be a lifesaver since I knew the source was completely vegan and the soaps were certified allergen free. Do a search on Etsy for breastmilk soap, and don’t be scared off my the price- one bar lasts a good long while! 

Readers, what are your favorite natural alternatives to cleaning products, soaps, and more? 

 

Parenting With Sensitivity

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I have a two year old who’s a little bit different. She hasn’t received any diagnosis and passed a hearing and speech evaluation, but she’s just not quite like other two year olds. She displays several markers for Autism as well as a variety of ‘unusual’ — but cute! –behavior. 

We are attempting to potty train this nutty little girl. So far we’ve come across a complete lack of success. She pees down her legs and doesn’t seem to notice. She will be interested in panties ad interested in sitting on the potty, but pee just never happens. Today, Grandma decided to help while I was mopping the kitchen floor. From the other room, I could hear her yelling at her and my little ladybug crying and saying “all done”. Grandma didn’t want to let Little Miss off the potty insisting that at 31 months she “has” to potty train. 

Long story short, I flipped out. 

I believe in gentle parenting. In treating children with kindness and firm guidance, but never with cruelty or force. Unless, of course, they are in harm’s way– that is another story entirely. Forcing a little girl to sit on the potty will, in my opinion, do more harm than good. She will go when she is ready. And this brought me to a thought- how many of us actually parent with sensitivity to our children’s needs? Are we doing what is convenient for us, or what is best for them? I recall a quote that goes something like, “What’s best for the child is not always what’s most convenient for the parent”. 

What do children need? Food, shelter, clothing. But also love, guidance, a superior role model. A strong pair of arms, a loving touch, a gentle voice. 

Forcing your child to do things they are not yet ready to do may harm the special bond you have with your child. Forcefulness breeds mistrust, anger, and general unhappiness. Raising your voice breeds fear and hurt. Take the time to not only tell your children that you love them, but also to show them that you love them. I truly do not believe that a well-loved, gently disciplined child can be spoiled. There is no such thing as too many kisses! 

On that note, the other day Grandma said to me, “your children are far too attached to you!”. This idea appalls me. Why, I ask, would you have a child and expect them NOT to be attached to you? You bear them, you birth them, you raise them. You are, in every sense of the word, their world. And certainly the intense attachment of a two year old can be overwhelming at times. The passionate love of a baby or toddler can be frustrating when your hair is undone and your house is in shambles. But that love is a blessing, the most beautiful gift a parent could wish to possess. So parents, parent gently. Be sensitive to the needs of your children. Parenting is not an easy task. Your days may be long and your nights may be sleepless, but childhood is short. This too shall pass!