Milwaukee LifeWays Gains Paradise Farm

Paradise Farm is the home of the new garden for LifeWays Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee.  Mary O’Connell, director of LifeWays, and her husband Jim have recently become owners of this historic farm about 45 minutes northwest of the city. It’s the perfect location to grow natural, pesticide-free produce for the children and caregivers at …

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Outdoor Play!

Outdoor play!  Grass to roll down, gardens with mint and nibbles to eat as it is all edible, a pit to dig in, rain water to play in, room to run with little hills and slopes, boards and driftwood to balance on….no expensive outdoor play equipment needed! Dirt is not dirty, rain is for catching …

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

I didn’t mean to be a gardener. Somehow it just happened -or did it? My earliest memories of gardening were the ones of an annoyed teen being forced to help dig and build beds for a large succulent garden that would one day become the front yard for a LifeWays center in San Diego set in …

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The Habit of YES

The Habit of YES I’m pleased to share that an article of mine has been published in the lovely online magazine Rhythm of the Home.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look!  My article is titled The Habit of Yes, and can be found by clicking here. Warmly, Faith Collins  

Too Much Enrichment

This is a terrific blog post by Valerie Shor Perrier, who recently attended a talk by Cynthia Aldinger on Simplicity.

Letting Children Say YES!

After experimenting with a natural, authentic home rhythm and routine to suit our values, needs, and interests over the yeras, it was a joy to see that healthy habits and a sense of responsibility have taken root.  I’ve been sick for over a week with a flu and fever.  Last Monday, on my third day …

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Creating a YES Environment

Creating a YES! Environment By Simone DiMarzi     What does it mean to say YES when taking care of children birth to three?  The child’s first words are often “No.”  One of the best ways not to chime in with the children and always have to say “No” is to create a YES environment.  The …

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Saying YES to My Older Self

Dearie, Hon, Sweetie: Saying ‘Yes’ to My Older Self by Cynthia Aldinger                Hmmm?   Not sure when it happened the first time – it may actually have gone unnoticed but I seriously doubt it!  “Here, let me help you with that, sweetie.”  “How kind,” I probably thought and accepted assistance with gratitude.  “Here you go, …

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