UpsideDown Parenting by Noga Hullman

 

Got Preschoolers or Multi-aged Kids? We Made This Q&A Video with You in Mind

As an insider, I’m giving you direct access today to a special video that was initially accessible only following signup. It’s a practical and really interesting Q&A&B conversation I had with my friend Dalit Rosin, founder of the Facebook group Brand New Mamas. (The b stands for “baby”,  Dalit’s sweet newborn whom you’ll meet in the video). Click here to download the wonderful, at-a-glance summary that accompanies this video. It’s mamesh the perfect watch for vacation time (even if you don’t consider yourself brand new anymore), because we answer questions such as- *“When your kids whine in an attempt to get[…]

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Wow, Help, Thanks

Bestselling author Anne Lamott wrote a book titled Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Which mother can’t identify with the “help” part? Help me tolerate the noise. Help me as they shriek and pull on my skirt when it’s time to stay in preschool for the day. Help me distinguish between good and bad, ditto for my kids. Help me put lunch on the table—before dinnertime. Help me keep them clean even though I’m ready to collapse. Help my son get over his friend’s comment. Help my children feel loved. Help me tell them the right stories. Help me[…]

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Who Else is Sucking Your Energy? KonMarie for Mothers (part 2)

I don’t want to freak you out, but Toy Story, it turns out, may be happening in your children’s nursery as you’re reading this. But first–do you ever think about what it is that makes you want to declutter your home? Why is Marie Kondo–who’s viral book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” inspired the last two UP episodes–so, so popular? I’ve given some thought to this question, and–while the reasons are many–the bottom line, and without any fluff, is that I declutter because it makes me feel good. That’s my shtick–I put a lot of emphasis on discovering the things[…]

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Konmarie For Mothers: Set This Intention For Yourself & Children When You Declutter

At first glance, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up looks like just another how-to book on decluttering. As expected, Kondo tackles everything from clothing, kitchenware, and storage spaces to books, papers and memorabilia—all the usual categories you expect to learn about in the genre. But when you read carefully, you find between the lines interesting notes on the life of a modern-day, single Japanese woman. More importantly for us, there’s some juicy insights on the dynamics that Kondo had noticed while guiding families in the process of decluttering and tidying up. The book, in part, tells the story[…]

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Flu Is Good. Feel The Helplessness.

The dreaded flu took over me this winter. Twice. As it is, getting sick is a source of embarrassment and stress for me because, unfortunately, it happens to me a lot. So being totally out for a week felt unacceptable to me. At the beginning of the first round of the flu, I did my best to ignore the oh-so-clear signs. I kept preparing meals, and sweeping the floor, and ordering the kids around, and schlepping the younger ones to and from preschool. Then, I recalled a fleeting comment my neighbor made twelve years ago, and it brought me to[…]

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