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Mother Culture and Natural Remedies for Fussy Babies

Mother Culture and Natural Remedies for Fussy Babies

img_6243This child was up all night. Why is it so much harder to be up all night with a baby when you are in your 30’s versus when you’re in your 20’s? I mean, I know the answer to this, I’m asking in my 12-year-Old voice: “Why?”😩 Thank the good Lord I have an amazing husband who took the tough shift while I slept off my migraine from not enough sleep yesterday. (Self-induced. Related: literary friends, you might enjoy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. It’s on Netflix.)

Anyway, it’s just a stuffy nose and fever, no biggie. Girlfriend is just mad she can’t breathe. Fair complaint, I think.

We diffused a little lavender essential oil, but it took me ‘till 4:15 to remember we had these homeopathic “calming tablets” for babies 6 months & up. So, that’s chamomile for the win. And now it’s 4:45am and she’s asleep and both mom & Dad are awake. 🙄img_6245

I wasn’t into learning about herbs when I had my first, but God was gracious and gave him to me when I was 22 and spunkier. When he was a baby, I would have gone straight for the Tylenol and all its chemicals. I started delving into learning about herbs last summer as part of Mother Culture when I was giant and pregnant with this sweet little lady, and also because I felt overwhelmed and unhealthy. I barely know anything, but what I have learned has helped, and given me better options besides pharmaceuticals.

Everyone in the family wins when Mom get more skilled or more knowledgeable about almost anything: food, healing, exercise, learning, gardening, painting, you name it. There’s so much to this Stay at Home Mom thing, and especially this Homeschool Mom thing, that threatens to smother your identity as an individual with interests of your own. But when you seize the chances to learn and grow while you’re helping your children learn and grow, everybody gains.



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I’m Rhiannon.

You can call me Rhi for short (as in “rejoice”). I’m a fiercely independent homeschooling mom of five, a Navy wife of 13 years, and a creator of various things: articles, a semi-regular newsletter, quilts, furniture, and the occasional knitted scarf. This is the site where I write about our homeschool journey and news and happenings in the homeschool world. more about me.

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I would feel totally overwhelmed and underprepared if I were in your shoes. Homeschooling is hard even when you did choose it. We’ve changed a little, too. Every meal is a reading meal these days if the kids want that. (They do🤓.)
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So, please ask me all your questions. I and other HSing mamas in your community have YEARS of experience with this atypical version of education. How can we help you and your specific kids in your specific situation? We have learned a lot of things the hard way and we are happy to help make this time smoother for you.
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What I desperately hope: those of you stuck in a situation you didn’t want AT ALL, might come to see education a little differently. It can be flexible. It can happen over the course of a whole day, with snacks, outside time, screen time, and play interspersed between lessons.
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This type of education is more about LIFE and HOME than you might think. While your students may be doing the same work assigned by the school, the setting change from school to home will change almost everything else about their educational experience this semester.
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Here are my two favorite tips to get you started:
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The younger the kids, the shorter the lessons. Ballpark: elementary should be 15-30min/subject max. Middle school 30-45min/subject max.
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How does this look? Have your student read for 15 min, then do something physical for 15, then do handwriting for 15. That kind of a thing. “A change is as good as a rest."
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Don’t expect elementary kids to complete the whole assignment in such a short lesson. Just expect focused attention for that time, no matter how far he gets in the work. That builds the habit of, “when we sit to do school, we focus on school.” If you have to do 5 or 10 minute lessons because that’s all he had the attention for, that’s totally normal. Build up to longer periods, but it’s not really reasonable developmentally to expect hour-long math sessions for very young students. Those lead to tears. Ask me how I know.
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