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  • Recipe from Brandie Hadfield
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    Homemade Chocolate & Butter Cups
    February 15, 2018
    Recently my Naturopath suggested...
  • Cashew Cream and Smoothie Recipe
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    Best Cream Substitute + Smoothie Recipe
    January 19, 2018
  • The Peculiar 4:00am Wake-Up
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    The Peculiar 4:00am Wake-Up
    January 12, 2018
  • Bedtime Song Playlist for Babies and Toddlers
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    Bedtime Song Playlist For Baby or Toddler!
    December 17, 2017
  • Holiday Rescue: Solutions for a Stress-Free and Fun Holiday with Young Kids
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    Holiday Rescue: Solutions for Stress-Free and Fun Holidays with Young Children
    December 16, 2017
  • The ultimate GIft Guide for Highly Sensitive Children, toddlers and babies.
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    Ultimate Gift Guide for your Sensitive Baby, Toddler or Pre-schooler
    December 3, 2017
    In my recent posts about thriving with a fussy baby, I highlighted the importance of focusing...
  • Mother cradles her newborn child in front of her in a carrier
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    Thriving with a Fussy / High-Needs / Highly Sensitive Baby or Child – Part 2
    November 30, 2017
    Now that we know your baby or child is within that remarkable 20% of high...
  • Brandie Hadfield hugs her eldest son
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    Thriving with a Fussy / High-Needs / Highly Sensitive Baby or Child - Part 1
    November 30, 2017
    The following post has been one that has been on my heart and mind for years....
  • My heart was in the right place, but my ego was not.
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    Finding Flow
    September 17, 2017
    Have you ever had a day where everything was a fight?  You wanted to do something nice with your kid, but they resisted?  You...
  • I sleep-trained my child. Now what? How to recover and heal after sleep training.
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    I Sleep Trained My Baby...Now What?
    June 8, 2017
    I was contacted by a friend recently asking about recovering from sleep training - both for herself and her child. This is...
  • Mother & young daughter walk hand and hand along the beach.
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    Balance as a Single Mom
    April 27, 2017
    I have heard the criticisms before, that following attachment parenting principles as a single mom is down right impossible, or feels too overwhelming.  I...
  • Baby Sleep Buzzwords Busted - You're Welcome
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    Baby Sleep Buzzwords Busted (You're Welcome)
    August 11, 2016
    We are INUNDATED with these buzzwords as new parents, and it is driving me bonkers!  Even those of us who have taken the time...
  • Mother breastfeeds her child at night, by the light of a lamp
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    Should You Night Wean?
    July 7, 2016
    The decision to stop nursing at night or to change sleeping arrangements can be challenging on many levels. The following tool can help make the decision...
  • Baby sits awake between sleeping parents.
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    Surviving Sleep Regressions
    June 4, 2016
    4 months old, 6 months old, 9 months old, 12 months old, 18 months, and then 24 months?!  And for weeks at a time? ...
  • Toddler wears helmet and holds onto scooter handle while crying
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    Please Stop Child Shaming!
    July 22, 2015
    (Original meme caption: "I took my child on an African safari but I won't let her have the iPad, so I'm an asshole") I have...
  • Julien plays on a toy ship as part of homeschooling curriculum.
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    Why we Choose to Homeschool
    May 2, 2015
    Because my son is nearly 4, and we have another baby on the way, due precisely one month after our son would conventionally start...
  • Young woman lies awake, unable to self sooth and fall asleep
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    Learning to Self-Soothe
    April 16, 2015
    The other night as I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, I recalled that just 4 years ago I was needing the...
  • Julien, the author's son.
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    Our Sleep-Training Experience, and how it Changed my Life
    March 18, 2015
    I shared a blog today about the dangers of crying-it-out, but I was hesitant to post it.  Predictably, I lost a few “likes” on...
  • Accepting gifts with grace
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    Accepting Gifts with Grace
    December 6, 2014
    The holidays are swiftly upon us, and with that can come added stress and strain on the relationships which are most important to us....
  • A parent plays with his daughter on an ipad.
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    Limits and Boundaries are Buzzwords
    November 13, 2014
    Buzzwords. They define cultures everywhere from schools, clubs, corporations and within parenting groups.   I'm willing to admit I pick them up as readily as...
  • Close up of a pumpkin on a table.
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    The Pumpkin Story
    October 29, 2014
    Last night our three year old stayed up until 11:30pm.  In isolation, this might sound like a problem.  But there is always so much more...
  • Delicious Fresh Bread with poppy seeds
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    Bread... (or, make your home smell Ahhhhmazing)
    September 15, 2014
    I am a big defender of bread, but especially the homemade variety.  As a Dr. Sears Coach, I was taught how to help people...
  • Computer and a bouquet of flowers next to a cup of coffee.
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    So you Wanna Work from Home?
    September 5, 2014
    Everyone has a unique journey --I am not advocating for self-employment because only you know if that would be the appropriate vehicle to achieving...
  • Fresh banana smoothies make a great bed-time snack.
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    The Beauty of the Bedtime Snack
    September 1, 2014
    The beauty of a good bedtime snack is twofold. First of all it can be a lovely part of your pre-bed routine.  Choosing a few...
  • Tower of small rocks balanced on top of one another.
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    In Pursuit of Balance
    August 29, 2014
    We ALL have the same 24 hours in a day.  Ask someone how they manage to "do it all", and you might get some efficiency...
  • A basket full of delicious Lactation Cookies
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    Lactation Cookies
    August 25, 2014
    Call me old-fashioned, but baking cookies was one of the things I dreamed about as a little girl, when I thought about what my...
  • Young father with his daughter in baby carrier at home
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    So what is Attachment Parenting?
    August 14, 2014
    Every so often a new blog goes viral that takes aim at insulting Attachment Parenting.  When I dissect the post, typically more than half...
  • Mother co-sleeps with her infant son
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    Sleeping Safely with your Baby
    July 15, 2014
    I was contacted last week by the CBC to conduct an interview in regards to some new research released about infant sleep related deaths. ...
  • Baby sleeps in the arms of his parents.
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    My response to “Modern Day Parenting in Crisis”
    July 7, 2014
    Listen to your Heart, Choose Love: My response to “Modern Day Parenting in Crisis” I am generally quite an optimistic person. I tend to...
  • Brandie and Neville Hadfield turn towards each other, smiling
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    Marriage after Baby: Keeping the "shift" from becoming a "rift"
    June 19, 2014
    I will never forget the day my husband came home from work when our son was only 4 weeks old. I was utterly...
  • A close-up of apple and rhubarb crumble
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    Fruit Crumble
    June 15, 2014
    This is a staple in our home. The recipe is very forgiving, it's quick to prepare, and absolutely scrumptious yet nutritious! Filling: Fill a pie...
  • Brandie Hadfield with her husband and two young sons
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    Parenting through Conflict
    June 6, 2014
    You meet the love of your life, and together you create a human being. Whether this creation was a surprise, or something you...
  • A young toddler looks up while breastfeeding
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    Nutrition for the Nursing Toddler
    May 18, 2014
    I lead the local Attachment Parenting group in my city, and I polled them to get topics for this years’ contributions to the Dr....
  • Mother and child look at a map together
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    What does "Brain Power" have to do with SLEEP?
    May 18, 2014
    I show this video with parents at the start of every Sleep Class, and afterwards ask the question, "How do you think this might...
  • Blueberries
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    Yogurt Dipped Frozen Blueberries
    May 3, 2014
    1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper 2. Use a toothpick to dip blueberries into Blueberry Greek Yogurt 3. Freeze for 1 hour 4. Place a...
  • Mother co-sleeps with baby
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    Seasons of Sleep
    December 10, 2013
    Dread, anxiety, and fear are often felt by Moms as they feel the looming pressure of their maternity leave coming to an end. Societal...
  • Pregnant woman walking with supportive hand around her waist
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    Preparing for Postpartum
    September 3, 2013
    In a recent Prenatal Nutrition class, one of my participants asked the following: "I heard the first few weeks post-partum is extremely challenging. What...
  • The author's youngest son Beau is lifted into the air.
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    5 Life-changing things my son has taught me
    August 18, 2013
    My son is turning two-years-old this month, and I am reflecting a lot these days. It astounds me how motherhood for me has been...
  • Friends bump their fists together
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    It Takes a Village
    May 6, 2013
    When Dr. Sears is asked to summarize what Attachment Parenting is, he says to simply imagine that you and your baby were on a...
  • Brandie Handfield and her family walk down the dock. Julien, their eldest son, holds their hands and swings between them.
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    Getting fit WITH your Kids!
    April 13, 2013
    Staying active and fit can feel like a full-time job when you have young children. These days, there are more and more fitness facilities that...
  • Brandie Hadfield hugs her eldest son
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    Making Vows as Parents
    February 25, 2013
    Vows are promises to carry you through all the chapters of your life together as a team. These vows encompass personal choices and philosophies...
  • Father cradles sleeping infant while sibling kisses the top of the baby's head
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    Sleep: A Brief History
    January 5, 2013
    Attend any playgroup and you’ll hear exhausted moms venting to one and other about how their baby, “just isn’t a good sleeper”, or how...
  • Mother looks at her young daughter
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    10 Tips for Coping with Sleep Deprivation
    December 19, 2012
    As a parent, 9 times out of 10, the first question you get asked is, “So, how is he/she sleeping” – or something to...