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Motherhood: rising from the ashes

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

Some mothers rise like a Phoenix from the ashes into their fourth trimester and beyond, supported and nurtured and reborn into a new wholeness. More often than not though we claw our way out alone; bloodied and bruised; spitting the ash from our mouth that chokes and silences us. But if mothers are anything we are resilient and resourceful. I fully believe that the knowledge of what we each need to be healthy and happy and whole is within us now.  The seed of our truest self is growing in the soil of our soul and just waiting to burst forth when it gets the water and the sunlight and the nutrients it needs.

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What about when a child "needs consequences"?

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

As a passionate and vocal advocate for respectful connected parenting, and as the mother of a PDA child on the spectrum, one of the questions I often hear is "What about when a child "needs consequences? What about when they NEED to be punished? What do you do then? Because sometimes 'a talk and a hug' isn't enough you know. I want MY kids to grow up to be good people not spoiled brats"  Phew. I both love and hate that question/statement. My ego stings at the implication I'm raising "spoiled brats" and the implication that I'm failing to meet my...

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Reframing PDA

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

When my oldest was first diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum it answered one hundred questions and opened up a thousand more. We knew right from the start that the strategies typically believed to be beneficial for autistic kids not only couldn't help us, they'd make things worse. A lot worse. So we did what we usually do -- listened to our intuition and kept on learning. I wish I could remember WHO first mentioned this little-known thing called "PDA" to me (it was in a facebook group), but whoever and wherever you are in the world - THANK...

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Gestational Diabetes: Making Informed Choices About Your Best Path To Healthy Blood Sugar Levels In Pregnancy

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

Gestational Diabetes testing is a common, even routine, intervention in most pregnancies today.  The infamous “orange pop test” is almost seen as a rite of passage, and is understood by many to be a necessary part of ensuring a healthy pregnancy.  The question we need to ask is whether there truly is 'cause for alarm' or is GD a 'diagnosis looking for a disease'? I believe that healthy blood sugar levels are of *vital importance* in pregnancy, but standard GD testing may actually be missing the mark.



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Healthy Teeth & Fluoride Alternatives

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

Dentist: Do you floss?Me: Yes daily.Dentist: And of course you brush?Me: Twice a day. Sometimes more. Very rarely only once. Dentist: Do you eat a lot of sugar?Me: I eat sugar, but not excessively.Dentist: Hm. I don't know why you have cavities then.Me: I've been told in the past that my enamel is soft (hypomineralization). And my boys both have enamel hypoplasia.Dentist: Hm. Your enamel looks great actually. Must be something genetic. When I got my numb-mouthed post-filling self into the car after the appointment I noticed my travel mug of lukewarm coffee sitting there and after 20 years of wondering, it suddenly hit me that oral hygiene practices aren't my problem....

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