Written by wise mama Crystal of Owl Heart Teething has begun. That lovely sleeping schedule may be thrown off; wakings from wimpers or crying may occur. Every child teethes differently; some very peacefully while others' life can become completely tossed upside down as these little pokey teeth arise through the gum line. Since we are in the midst of this ourselves, I have decided to put together a list of options during those intense teething times. Chew Toys: Silicone, … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Natural Options for Teething Pain
Written by wise mama Amanda of Hippie Tree As mothers, hindsight makes it easy to look back on our choices and see what we would do differently. Mothering is such a learning journey, and I have gained so much knowledge along the way. I am now 23 weeks pregnant and I am able to put that knowledge to use in preparation for my next child. Making informed choices is an incredibly empowering part of parenting, so with that in mind, here is a list of things I know now that I wish I knew … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Pregnant
Yeast infections. Most women have had at least one during their life, and it is commonly due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. In my experience, essential oils can help. Note: using essential oils internally is a controversial topic. With that in mind, I'm not advising you on what to do. I'm simply telling you what worked for me when I was desperate. Talk to your doctor about your options! I learned that coconut oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil are all anti-fungal and … [Read more...] about Possibly the Most Effective Yeast Infection Treatment Ever
Eating healthy provides numerous benefits, including more energy, better sleep, avoiding depression and anxiety, healing chronic illness, preventing disease, and more. Benefit #5,432: you don’t have to be afraid of salt. Packaged, processed foods are often laden with sodium, MSG, and other “flavor enhancers” that are damaging to human health. Medical associations are regularly announcing the importance of reducing sodium in the diet. But real salt and common table salt are not the same … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Real Salt
Written by wise mama Amanda of Hippie Tree Hello, I’m Amanda Tyson and I had my son circumcised. I did it because it was “healthier.” I did it because my husband and brothers are all circumcised. I did it because it is what I knew and was comfortable with. I did it because my doctor did not tell me about the risks and complications. What I did is better called uninformed consent. Consent is a very important part of medical practice. It is something that we discuss often on MotherWise. … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Circumcision Part 1: Uninformed Consent– The REAL Dangers That Doctors Don’t Tell You About
Whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, Spring Equinox, all or none of the above, dyeing eggs is a fun, crafty tradition that children love to be involved in. However, using toxic food coloring is something most natural living families probably want to avoid. Thankfully there are many options for eco-friendly egg dyeing! Some all natural options for dyeing eggs include: red, purple, or yellow onion skins, red cabbage, blueberries, yellow apples peels, paprika, carrots, and grape juice. … [Read more...] about Natural Egg Dyeing for Easter/Ostara/Spring Equinox!
In recent years, many moms have embraced the act of posting breastfeeding photos on social media as part of our effort to normalize nursing. The reaction is always the same: lots of support and celebration, lots of oohs and ahhs, but also a plethora of insulting, attacking, disgusting comments. No matter how many times this happens, I am always stunned by the ugly reactions people have to a mother feeding her child. Our society has received some strong social conditioning, and apparently the … [Read more...] about This is Why I Breastfeed in Public