13 Values

Sage Family Podcast 13: Values

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 13 and today I’m here with my friend Becca Shern talking about values. Bex is a mom, partner, Registered Dietitian, and creator of Minimal Wellness. Through minimalist principles she helps her family and clients find, navigate, and enjoy the simple path to optimal health. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the breathtakingly beautiful lake we jumped into when we veered off course and embraced nature’s playground and history. Highlights Inherited Values: We talk about the work of unpacking the values you unconsciously inherited values from […]

Sleep

Sage Family Podcast 12: Sleep

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Melissa Lang Lytle talking about sleep. I would consider myself to be a bit of a late bloomer and care deeply about finding ways to be more connected to both the physical and spiritual world. I’m a mama of three children and married to my best friend for almost 18 years! I gravitate towards people and ideas that cultivate authenticity, vulnerability, and groundedness. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the fun we had on my mom’s visit when we went to an […]

Discipline

Sage Family Podcast 7: Discipline

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Dr. Tamara Soles talking about Discipline on the gentle parenting path. Tamara is a mom of 4-year-old twins, Evangeline and Sawyer. She is a psychologist and parent coach in Montreal at the Centre she founded called the Secure Child Centre for Families and Children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week we met friends at the roller rink. I was rocking my pig tails and tube socks and it was so much playful fun. We danced like no one was watching, sang like […]

6 Breastfeeding

Sage Family Podcast 6: Breastfeeding

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Joy MacTavish talking about Breastfeeding on the natural path: on cue, at night, in public, and full term. Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC supports families with lactation, babywearing, and gentle parenting practices through her business, Sound Beginnings. She lives with her family in a multi-generational home in Shoreline, Washington where they enjoy reading, LEGO, exploring, and impromptu science experiments. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week we played in an indoor playground, which is as a general rule I’m not a huge fan of, but it […]

Adventure

Sage Family Podcast 5: Adventure

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Robyn Robertson talking about adventure. “I call myself an unschooling mom, but I’m really a curious student of life. I’ve learned so much about myself and the world through my travels that I wanted to share that with my kids. 5 ½ years ago we decided to make a change and follow our dream of travelling with our kids (or at least try). It was the experiences of life and travel that changed our idea of learning. I started to let go and allowed their natural curiosity […]

Sage Family Podcast 4

Sage Family Podcast 4: Deschooling

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Pam Laricchia talking about Deschooling and how the transition into unschooling mirrors the hero’s journey. Pam is a long-time unschooling mom whose three children left school back in 2002. She loves exploring unschooling and sharing the fascinating things she’s discovered about learning and parenting along the way (through her books, podcast, and website at livingjoyfully.ca). Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure at Pump It Up and the rambunctious fun that was had by all. Highlights Story: Pam is […]

Sage Family Podcast 3

Sage Family Podcast 3: Therapy

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher I’m here with my friend Dr. Cassidy Freitas, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Diego, talking about Therapy and how to make it work for us as families outside the mainstream. Cassidy shares that when a helping professional asked them, “How do you describe the problem?,” regarding their daughter, her husband responded, “Why are we calling it a problem?” Exactly. You can find more about her work and approach to supporting families at www.drcassidymft.com Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure at […]

Sage Family Podcast 2

Sage Family Podcast 2: Role

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher “My responsibility, the only thing, is to be as kind as I can . . . and the other things will all come from that.” Today I’m here with my friend Jo Watt of the blog and Instagram Girls Unschooled, talking about our role as parents on a natural learning path. Jo is a former teacher turned unschooling mum of 2. Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure day with friends, including Jo and her girls, at the fantastic Lynwood Community Pool, and how West managed to hold onto gratitude […]

Sage Family Podcast 1

Sage Family Podcast 1: Introduction

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 1 and today I’ll be giving you an introduction to who I am and what this podcast is all about (natural homeschooling, gentle parenting, simple living, and family adventure). As an avid podcast listener myself, I really appreciate when I can scroll to an episode 1 and get a quick and easy introduction. Plus, my sweet, silly kids (and husband) stop by to introduce themselves. Dive Deeper Sage Parenting on Instagram About Rachel

Invisible Mother

The Invisible Mother

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Are you disappearing as a whole woman in your role as Mother? I had heard the mainstream warnings against “losing yourself” to motherhood that were used as battle cries against attachment parenting, full-time mothering, and homeschooling, but dismissed them as fear mongering that didn’t resonate with me and didn’t seem to resonate with my Sage Parents. Then I published my new book Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free, and as the initial feedback began to roll in, one of the themes that emerged was a sense of surprise and excitement at being extended a seat at the table.   “Sage Homeschooling […]

Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free

FREE CHAPTER: Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free

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The new book Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free is launching and I’m giving you a peek at a FREE CHAPTER! If you enjoy the read, be sure to buy the book and share it with your friends! Let’s share the wisdom of this natural learning lifestyle where connection and freedom abound.  Chapter 3: Trust Remember when your child was a baby and you trusted in the validity of their needs and developmental timetable, focused on building trust in your relationship, and understood that trust is the bedrock on which independence blossoms? Great news: nothing has changed. Trusting each other Forging […]

Healing Through Parenting

Healing Through Parenting

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  I emerged from childhood with a lot of healing to do. On this I know I am not unique. Prior to motherhood, I did strive to be my best self, and some of that did include working through some of those wounds that stuck out most. But only once I emerged from the pregnancy chrysalis as a mother was I able to access my emotional depths. In hearing my baby cry, I heard my own unanswered cries. And in holding my child close with responsive empathy, I was soothing my own inner child. I could feel her tears drying […]

It's Not Luck

It’s Not Luck

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“You’re so lucky to be home with your kids.” “We’re not all lucky enough to be able to homeschool.” It’s not luck that allows me to live the life I do. It’s a series of intentional choices and sacrifices. No one has ever said to me, “You’re so lucky to be a therapist,” because no one attributes that to luck. I’ve heard, “You have such admirable drive and commitment,” and “Your passion and skill has really changed lives,” and “Your sacrifices have been well worth it.” But never, “You’re so lucky to be doing this.” Let me explicitly state that […]

Do It All

How this Attachment Parenting, Homeschooling, Mompreneur Does It All

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  I don’t. Priorities Let’s start right there. I don’t do it all. No one does it all and I wouldn’t want to. Remember my post about Finding the Quality YES? I talked about how saying yes to one thing is actually saying no to a million other things. I’m sitting on my deck writing this for you while I watch my kids run around and play in the grass. I’m not an archeologist on a dig in Tanzania right now. I don’t want it all. I want to invest myself in the few consciously chosen intentions that we have designed […]

A School Solution

A School Solution

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  Another 5-year-old was put on drugs today after being suspended from school for trying to escape. Our prisoners enjoy more personal freedoms and outside time than our children. What are we doing? Why are we doing this? How did we get here? School began in Europe by the church with the purpose of indoctrinating religion and breaking the child’s sinful will (with a focus on memorization and obedience). Schools were then taken over by the government and modeled after the assembly line for the sake of controlling the masses, “… if the state controlled the schools, and if children were […]

Yes

Finding the Quality YES

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  The power of YES in opening up your life to a whole new world of joy, experiences, and collaboration cannot be understated. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have been profoundly moved by a detour from my agenda. I suppose that is the point after all. That “my” agenda is only 1 piece to our family’s map. In keeping myself open in the “yes” position, our whole life feels unlocked. We are free. We feel honored. We have room for happiness and adventure and natural life learning. One symptom of top-down power and control is the default “no” position. […]

The Poisonous Myth of Perfection

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  Sometimes I become friends in real life with Sage Mamas who have followed my work for years (mega perk to coaching over therapy). In preparation for the first playdate, they sometimes elude to a bit of nervousness and I often say something like, “You’ll get to meet my perfectly imperfect children,” to set them at ease. I mean that in the most loving, positive, and accepting way. My children don’t have a performance standard – pressure or judgment – when we are out in the world, even around my beloved clients. I accept their whole selves, even the messy […]

Election Despair

Election Despair: How to Explain Trump to our Children

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My entire life had led up to election night. I had lived and parented as a fierce advocate for feminism, intellectualism, equality, and inclusion. As a secular humanist, my personal platform was that love wins. I sat with my children, confident that they would see the fruition of all the lessons I hoped they would learn: that the racist, homophobic, misogynistic, unintelligent sexual predator would not win, that a woman could be president, and that their fellow Americans love us. That all came crashing down as we witnessed hate win. My faith, which is in humanity, crumbled more and more […]

Screen Time

Screen Time: Let Go of the Limits

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The mainstream approach to parenting says that you must limit the quantity of . . . everything: 1 hour of screen time, 1 piece of candy, and so on ad nauseam. Let’s dissect this today. Fear What is the fear behind this parenting tactic? If I don’t turn off the screen after 1 hour he will . . . never leave the screen and 80 years from now all that will remain is a skeleton with a game controller in hand? The fear seems to be that if you don’t regulate your children, there will be no regulation, moderation, or […]

Natural Parenting

I’m Taking Back “Natural Parenting”

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  What do you picture when you hear “Natural Parenting”? When I hear the term “Natural Parenting,” I think of a parent invited over to share a meal saying, “Oh, we don’t eat any of those processed chemicals. Do you know know if this veg is a Monsanto crop? We’ll just eat our sea weed and GMO free almond butter.” Now, I’m actually all for natural fuel for our bodies (I can make fun of myself too), but Natural Parenting is a whole different thing for me. pieces Attitude I’m just going to start at the outer most level because […]