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Choosing Love

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

Who knew what a decade would bringTen years ago, if I could have glimpsed myself as I am today, I think perhaps I'd have been surprised. Not straight up shocked, as the seeds were already there, but surprised at how they grow. In December 2009 I'd been married 1.5 years and Nathan's absolute love for me was changing everything. Our souls found each other, merged, and their combined fire protects us, fuels us, and lights our path forward. We choose every day to tend this shared flame with the utmost of care.  In 2009 we lived in a small one...

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Children Are Capable & Worthy: Why We Unschool

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

In our home, we don't put the school system or the ability to instantly recall facts on a pedestal. Competition with others is irrelevant. Comparison with others makes us miserable. Learning is for fun and practical purpose.  Some people don't understand, or think I'm stupid, or think I'm doing my kids a disservice. Some "disagree" with our approach. So be it. In our home, we believe children are fully human NOW and deserve to be treated as such NOW so that's how our priorities are set. Think less of me if you will, my kids are worth it.

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What makes Hedgecraft Herbals truly unique?

Posted by Sarah Stogryn on

Hedgecraft Herbals products are made with love, for Canadians, by a birthkeeper. They are genuinely herbal and contain nothing harsh, nothing synthetic, and no essential oils. If that's your thing too, then I've got what you need. You're my people and I can't wait to meet you. <3

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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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