UpsideDown Parenting by Noga Hullman

 

Behind The Scenes: How I Turn My House Upside Down To Record UpsideDown Videos

It always begins as just another morning at the Hullman house. I pack the kids’ lunches, wish them a nice day, walk LY to his preschool and Eliana to her kindergarten, come back home… And that’s when my small (tiny, really) house, normally quiet and calm in the morning hours, is taken over by  camera, lights, action!  The race against time begins, as it always does on recording days of UpsideDown Parenting episodes; outside of buying flowers around the corner from my house, everything takes place between my four walls. No, Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! doesn’t apply[…]

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Do You Have To Be Grateful For EVERYTHING Your Kids Do?!

As I re-emerge out of the ashes of our most recent post, maybe meeting you in the midst of your winter break, or in the midst of your flu (or both, God bless you!), I’m still dealing with some of the issues that brought me down a couple of weeks ago. I can choose to be bitter about the way my children are disturb my peace these days, or I could be…grateful?! Which makes me think: Do we have to be grateful for everything our kids do? I don’t know if we must, but I’m collecting more and more evidence that shows that[…]

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Blame My Kids If You Want

I’m usually not a blamer. But today all I want is to point fingers at everything and everyone for my suffering. And especially at the holiday that just ended yesterday… And the carefree children who won’t go to sleep at night… The house that’s too small to contain all the kids AND their 7 sets of rain-boots… My ever-growing, now-homeless pile of reference books after I took them off the shelves to make more room for my children’s winter clothes… The kid who’s home from school too early today, eating into my quiet morning… The video that I was looking[…]

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My Vintage ‘Secret’ For Letting Go Of Your Children

Have you noticed this popular line people use on interviews,  memoirs, and blog posts to describe their upbringing? If they’re the lucky ones, it’s  “My parents were always there for me”. Now, especially if these writes were born before, say, 1992, you should take what they say with a grain of salt. Not that I doubt that if they said so, their mother indeed made herself available as much as she could. And I’m aware, of course, that these words are about the constant reassurance and support parents give their children, which is absolutely beautiful and desirable. But there were[…]

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How Byron Katie’s Rule Saves Me From Neglecting My Kids

Just recently I’d completed 2 weeks of feeding my neighbor’s cat and watering her plants while she was on a trip to Europe. It wasn’t a simple matter; after all, I’m the woman who gave up on growing anything other than my children in my small city home. I learned early on that I can either raise kids or plants, because (experience, experience) one of them is prone to get totally neglected. I’m also the mother who has yet to figure out how to shop for her children’s winter boots and coats before they come home soaking wet. So why[…]

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