Monthly Archives: July 2013

Intentional Parenting

Last week my kids helped me celebrate my birthday with a new family tradition:  Reciting poetry.  I asked everyone to memorize a poem and recite it on my birthday.  The result was lovely.  I felt serenaded.  The kids glowed.  Since … Continue reading

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  1. Great list, Heather. All I can think to add is:

    Always be learning- the lifelong education idea

    Exercise your body as well as your mind- as you state, much can be learned by children from playing, and a healthy body also improves one’s self-esteem and confidence


    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Great additions, Chris. And as far as exercise goes, this message is more important than ever for today’s kids and parents. Maybe we need one that says “get outside every day.” Bravo!

  2. Heather – You rock! I love your list, thank you for sharing it.

    One of the things we do on purpose — by intent — is practice kindness. It’s as simple as that.

  3. Gina says:

    I am new to your blog (referred by Abundant Parenting), and I am enjoying your point of view immensely!

    I have just been making a list of skills and priorities that I want to pass on to my daughter, so this list is timely for me. I also appreciate the suggestions in the comments.

    My 5 year old daughter will be starting kindergarten next month, and I am trying to prepare her and myself for the transition. I want to keep encouraging her free spirit and natural curiousity, but it seems that many schools don’t subscribe to that notion, so I need to find ways to balance their “scheduled” learning style with more free play at home. Thank you for the many great ideas and support! 🙂

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Great to have you, Gina! Welcome aboard.

      Your daughter is lucky to have you, and I’m sure your list is packed with good priorities. So glad to hear you’re creating your own list.

      Yes, lots of open, unscheduled time at home will be even more important. Hopefully your kindergarten teacher will allow true free play during the school day, too, but kindergarten teachers are under lots of pressure and it’s rare to find a teacher who can give kids as much play-based learning as kids need. Good luck!

10 Ways to Help an Author

Did a friend of yours write a book?  Do you simply adore a book you just read?  Ready to show your support for the author but not sure how?  Read on! Readers and authors are partners in spreading good books … Continue reading

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  1. Truer than true!

    Now I’m going to go Tweet, Digg, Scoop, Reddit, and Google+ this post!

  2. Fleda brown says:

    Thanks, Heather, for this very helpful list. We should all pay attention to it.

  3. Yogi's Mama says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your book! It has been a tremendous gift in my life and for my family and I’m talking about it every chance I get. I selected the book for my parenting book club and it sparked some wonderful conversation. I’ve also written about it on my blog ( and bought copies for a handful of friends. I hadn’t even considered the idea of writing reviews before reading your post, so I’ll be off to do that as well. Most importantly though, a huge, heartfelt “thank you” from one Mama to another.

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Oh my gosh, I definitely feel hugged!! Thank you, indeed. So pleased to know the book has made such a difference in your life. Love the fact that the dictated notes and non-meltdowns are going so well for your family.

      Thank you for spreading the book love around. Your blog review made my heart shine, and yes, posting a review on Amazon would be extra lovely. Is your book club reading the book now? I’m always happy to Skype in and say hello. All the best, Heather