Step-ping Into Conscious Parenting

Monday, October 9, 2017

By Britney Cysewski

Being a step-mom has been one of my biggest challenges. Not only because conscious parenting is hard in and of itself, but because I’m a necessary but often unwanted entity in my child’s life. There is a never-ending barrage of criticism, judgement, competition and bullying coming...

Responding In Kindess, Not In Kind...thoughts from a conscious mom on September 11th

Monday, September 11, 2017

By Brtiney Cysewski

I struggled today with my disillusionment in American bandwagons and my desire to consciously parent and use the opportunities presented to educate my six year old.

I decided to honor the lives lost in a monumental tragedy by teaching her that our actions have consequences....

The Greatest Compliment

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

by Ashly Reynolds

While I’m no parent (yet!) I have spent half my life raising other people’s children, most notably three precocious sisters, for nearly nine years of their young lives. The youngest, now 16, has known me more than half her life. Our bond is strong and she sees me as her “cool aunt”....

NON-SAMENESS by Stacie Isabella Turk

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Is being the same always the best?

I dig juxtaposition.

(Above) The black rock and the leaf are completely in contrast to one another in color/texture and yet, quite striking, don’t you think?

As a parent, teacher, or any adult in the lives of children, do we teach our children...

When In Doubt, Pause...

Friday, March 27, 2015

By Amy V. Slater

First off, I have to say that I love being a mother. I don''t mean to sound trite, but I love being a mother to my 3 daughters. This isn''t to suggest that it has all been champagne and roses...

Since my divorce four years ago, I have found more space and energy to be present...

Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made... Fostering Our Child’s Uniqueness

Saturday, June 21, 2014

By Maggie (Audrey’s Mom)



“I was born to write!” our daughter declared as we talked about why it was important for her to pay attention during her 2nd grade math lessons instead of writing in a journal. When our daughter, Audrey, was born eight years ago, we were overjoyed. Knowing we were...

Jars Aren’t Just For Jam

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By Amy G. (kids 8,6,3 yrs)



I am not interested in having ungrateful children. In a world where this seems to be the norm and, specifically, the section of California where I live.  I want to give my children everything I possibly can, but I want them to respect and be grateful for how...

Found Some Gratitude At The Post Office...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Three weeks ago when I was at the Post Office, my attention was stolen by Lizette Kim’s 3 kids. As Mom stood in line, I watched them interact and was taken by their sibling games, joyfulness and this magic they had about them. Compelled to say hello, I adopted a new friend and shared about the MAC AND CHEESE...

Mom and Dad Are Mine At Dinnertime

Sunday, September 8, 2013

“I AM HAVING DINNER WITH THE KIDS. I WILL CALL YOU BACK AFTER WE ARE FINISHED.”



This is the text I received from my friend, Jean, yesterday.



“Fantastic!” I thought to myself. Lucky kids.

The message she sends it that they matter enough for her to just...

Fierce and Brave

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fierce: furiously eager or intense



Today someone called me fierce...(in a good way.)



Fierce is not how I see myself and brave is what I strive to be, but do not think I am on most days.



A friend wrote me this awhile back when the film, BRAVE,...

Evolution happens around the edges...

Friday, March 29, 2013

In his book, Evolutionaries Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science''s Greatest Idea, Carter Phipps says...



“Evolution happens at the edges.

Evolution happens on the borders, the boundaries, the in-between zones."



Well, I was right...

Keani and Sabrina

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Melissa Van Brunt, our Mac And Cheese intern, had this to say....



Last Saturday, after getting back into town from the Santa Barbara Parentclick.com Kids Expo, Stacie Isabella gave me the balloon creation of SABRINA (and her committee) to give to my 5 yr old niece, Keani. This 3 ft tall...

Age Appropriate and Grumpy

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It is 2:00 on Thursday afternoon and I have been given 30 glorious min in classroom 5 with 24 five yr olds.  I am greeted with all sorts of questions, but the loudest one is “how old do you think I am, I am , I am, what about me, me, me?”


(Funny, that seems to be the question...

Feeling Cheesy... (I mean gutsy!)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Here we go... Well, we are about to launch this site and books are available for pre-order now too.



A bit terrifying, I must say!

Fifteen + years in the making and self-published!

This is a big milestone for Ribbonhead...its very first publish.


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