Archives for December 2010

Elimination Communication… the update

Karis using the potty

Karis has been doing really well with the elimination communication (EC) that we have been doing for a few months now. She’s now mobile as she army crawls across the floor to intently get to whatever it is that is unsafe for her to play with, even when she has to bypass many of her favourite toys to get there! At first when she began to move around more, she would almost always have a miss (EC talk for an accident) as she exerted herself to accomplish what she was trying to to. Lately though she has more control, and has been very active while still waiting to use potty until she lets me know (she has a distinctive sort of little cry) or I think that enough time has passed that she would probably have to pee. Next I am very excited to see if she’ll start to crawl over to the potty when she has to go (as the book says that some babies will do once they are mobile). I’m also starting to do the sign for toilet to her before I potty her, so that hopefully this will help us to communicate even more effectively with each other (we had much success with our other girls using sign language at meal times before they began talking). Also, Karis received some really nice infant underwear for Christmas and in one or two months I think that she’ll be ready to start wearing them which I am super excited about!

For all of you local people in Essex County, I will be facilitating a cloth diapering/elimination communication support group beginning in January at Sweetheart Diapers and More in Windsor. It will take place one Friday a month, beginning January 14th at 10:30 – 11:30am. Check out the website at for more info about this great natural baby store and hopefully some of you will come out to the group.

Thanks for reading,


Avoiding the Plague of Materialism

As Christmas gets closer I can’t help but think about how to pass on to my children the things that my husband and I value. This includes valuing people over stuff, and not getting caught up in materialism.  How are we trying to avoid this?

Each year for Christmas we try to keep our focus on Jesus, and on others. We keep our gifts very simple, and try to give our kids homemade items – this year they are getting a puppet theatre. My husband is building the frame, and I will be sewing the curtains. I am excited for all of the puppet shows that will be happening in our home very shortly! I’m also making each of them a quilt for their beds – last year our oldest daughter got a bird quilt and this year our next daughter will be getting a flower quilt.

They also don’t watch any television with commercials at home (and a very limited amount of tv at all), and we don’t often go shopping which keeps them from seeing all of the different toys out there that they don’t yet have (we always find that when we leave a mall we always want things that we didn’t even think about before going).

We also talk a fair bit about how fortunate we are to have our basic needs met (like having a home to live in and food to eat), and about how many other people do not have these things. We talk about the responsibility we have of sharing what we have with others.

Even so I fear that with all of our efforts, just by raising them in North America with our culture’s affluence and abundance of “stuff”, they will become like the majority of people in our country (myself included) and think more about themselves and our too-busy lives than about others in need.  Lately I have been trying to make a conscious effort to put no worth in material things, and to focus on people and on loving them both directly and indirectly with all of my day to day choices, thoughts and deeds.

For those of you who share these values of living simply, caring for the poor and those in need, and of avoiding the plague of materialism – what are things that you do to pass these values on to your children?

Thanks for reading,