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What do I mean with slow parenting?

In this day and age having a child is very different than for the generations before us. For us as millennials, we have analyzed our own minds extensively and all the psychological research that has been done emphasizes so much how important good enough parenting is for mental and physical health well into their adult years. Childhood can make or break someone. Although there are plenty of options to repair, the path is long and arduous ( I can attest to that with my 10+ years of personal development and therapy). The basis of our brain development during the formative years is key to how we will experience…

The unstoried self

We all have two sides: one conscious and one unconscious. Great thinkers such as Freud and Jung have declared this as well. As the experiments done in this YouTube video provide a glimpse that they definitely were onto something. This other unstoried self exists inside our own bodies, literally, that there is another person living there, whom we are not conscious of. Did you ever discover this part of yourself? Do you experience conflict within? It might be that one part of you wants to, but the other part simply has very different ideas about this. Could this be the id, ego and Super-ego that Freud talk about?…

Stilte in de storm

Het is lang stil geweest op Slow Parenting Family. Het leven heeft ons bij de kladden gepakt, en tussen onze collectieve opgaves van werk (yoga les geven, yay!), geld verdienen, het project ‘Jet goed leren slapen’ en ons huis opknappen was er weinig ruimte voor publieke reflectie. Dat is toch wel hoe ik een blog zie: een plek om publiekelijk te reflecteren. Reflecteren heb ik voldoende gedaan, alleen aangezien ik bezig was om donkere kanten van mezelf als mens te doorgronden, had ik hiervoor twijfel om dit te durven delen. Op Instagram en alle kanalen die ik volg zie ik juist mensen die openlijk hun wonden delen, trots en…

Shrubbery: Up Close and Personal

The bus was empty except for me and two Thai locals. I was absorbed with writing in my journal, directed my attention to filling the blank pages with capital letters: “No attachment, no sex.”. This was going to be my new motto starting today. An antidote to all the promiscuous men who just wanted to fuck and nothing else and spun some spiritual bullshit story around that. That one promiscuous bastard. That’s why I had decided to go to the monastery because he had used me like an object in the way I desired to be used and then discarded me as that same object, something I had…

Develop your baby’s tastebuds with baby-led weaning

An acquired taste Is your baby starting to eat? Opinion differs on when you should start introducing solids. Starting at four months old can actually give rise to more allergies, half a year is recommend by the people I trust. As a breastfeeding mom, I decided to start Jet’s wonderful journey of messy discoveries at half a year, as that is what La Leche League also recommends. Before having a baby, I imagined making all kinds of cute porridges for my son. Weren’t they supposed to start with really bland porridges, like from rice bran? I tried feeding this to my son once, mixed in with expressed breastmilk. He…

Avonturen in het Oosten

Ons gezin is vertrokken met de oosterzon, om een staartje van de feestelijkheden van Chinees Nieuwjaar mee te maken in Hong Kong. (Jullie allemaal ook nog een gelukkig jaar van de Haan!). De ontmoeting met de familie In Hong Kong wachtte ons een warm familiebad, Koen (Kwoon) heeft wel twintig tantes hier die allemaal vol verwachting de eerste zoon van de enige broer van de familie wilden zien. Onze tijd hier vulde zich gauw met het ene na het andere eetfestijn: yam cha met duizend verschillende dim sum hapjes, Chinese fondue (hot pot), enzovoorts. Heel lekker, maar wel erg veel vlees, suiker en witte producten. Jet heeft in…

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