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“Parenting is really one big, beautiful story and

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Cara Tyrrell, Founder Core4Parenting
Guest Blog Post: Caroline Tyrrell, Age 12 about me conscious parenting core 4 family motherhood parenting parenting gps parenting mission statemnet

A conversation for context.


My husband: “What do you want for Christmas?”

Me: “Finish renovating my office?” 

Him: “Ok.” 

He's a contractor by trade so I trust him and he has This Old House type vision for our home updates so I trust him even more.

He...

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The Science of Sleep first time mom foundational skills infant motherhood newborn skills sleep sleep soothing

In the first article, Welcome to the World Little One, we explored your baby’s basic survival needs during the newborn phase. 

In the second, What is Self-Soothing, Really? We explored the process of calming ourselves and how it connects to our sense of self. We learned that...

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What is Self-Soothing Really? first time mom foundational skills infant motherhood newborn self care skills sleep sleep soothing

In the first article of the series, Welcome to the World Little One, we explored your baby’s basic survival needs during the newborn phase. 

Today we tackle self-soothing. 

Google it and you get a lot about babies, kids, and the ability to fall asleep and calm down by themselves....

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A Life in Three Views about me family husband motherhood partnership relationships

Do I have everything? A glance at the clock told me to pick up the pace. Apron, pens, wine key, oh- “I’ll be right back. I forgot something in the car” I said, and moved briskly past them to the front door of our house. Pop “Damn” I muttered, knowing this meant the...

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I think You're Asking the Wrong Person conscious parenting core 4 flexible thinking motherhood parenting raising children skills

My daughter loves to sing and she’s blessed with a voice that, if she was willing to share it with the world, everyone would want to hear. 

Seriously, one day I yelled up the stairs and down the hall (as only the mother of a teenager can) Turn that radio down! 

It wasn’t the...

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My Public Apology to My Mother about me character first time mom motherhood self identity

To Mother (v) to love and learn in equal measure.

I am an only child.

This is relevant because I really didn’t want to be. In fact, I made it clear with unnecessary repetition to my mother that the lack of a sibling was unacceptable!

My mother, however, was not an only child. ...

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The Making of a Mother about me core4 first time mom motherhood

Me, circa 1986, doing what I love best.

A conversation with me as a child:

Any Grownup: “Cara, what do you want to do when you grow up?” 

Me, holding at least one baby doll and instinctually rocking back and forth: “Be a mommy”.

“Aww”, the grown ups said,...

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