Natural parenting blog party

Mrs Green from little green blogOver on the peaceful housewife, Jenny thought it would be fun to host a Natural Parenting Blog party. It’s a space for natural parents to get together and learn a bit about one another’s life and to hopefully connect and share in the future.

Being the perfect hostess, she designed a few ‘ice breaker’ questions and here are my answers!

How many children do you have, and how old are they? I have one daughter who is 10

Do you have a partner, or are you a single parent? I have a wonderful husband who is a true soulmate and my best friend.

What are your “hot button” parenting issues? I yell a lot. My daughter has shown me that I am, in fact, a very angry person with a lot of unresolved issues. She has been the angel to shine the light on these things and has borne the brunt of my anger – all she does is shower me with unconditional love and forgiveness as I figure out my stuff.

Have you made any parenting choices that you didn’t think you would make before you were a parent, i.e. cloth diapering a child when you had previously thought it was disgusting?

Gosh I am NOT the parent I thought I would be at all! I wanted to be very laid back, chilled out but my daughter needed routine. I wanted to be very calm and easy going, but my daughter demands firm boundaries otherwise she does not feel safe. I thought I’d have much more time to myself than I do (it’s ok if you laugh at my naivety on that one!).
Most recently I have bought DD an ipod and I already regret it…

Is there one book or person in particular that’s heavily influenced your parenting choices?

The one person who has heavily influenced my parenting choices is myself. I’ve learned to trust myself above all else and to connect with the Wise Woman within.

If you had to describe each of your children using only one word, what word would you use?


Is there one parenting decision that you regret more than others and wish you could change?

WHen DD was a few weeks old my mother thought I could do with an hour off. I hated leaving my daugter (we were practising in arms), everything felt wrong, I wanted to go back home, but dutifually stayed out for the hour to show my gratitude and when I got back my DD had been screaming for the hour.
My mother never called me and I felt absolutely dreadful about the whole scenario. It’s the one and only time my DD has ‘cried it out’.

Is there an area of your parenting you wish you were better at?

Responding rather than reacting

Now for the fun questions – is there one particular food or type of food that you could eat every day?

Greek Yogurt (and I do eat it every day)

Vanilla ice cream or chocolate?

I don’t like either

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Making an apple pie on Sunday and eating the entire lot myself…

If you could be part of any television show, which show would it be?

I’d like my own documentary (I’m not a team player!) on green living


  1. April on April 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how much our children can teach us? Sounds like an awesome documentary! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. nazima on April 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Nice insights Rae and lovely to read. I think it is so nice to read about the lovely relationship you have with your daughter. I hope I have the same with mine x

  3. One Rich Mother on April 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Found you through the blog party. I am also a loud mommy. Not just in anger though I am just one loud person all around. It is also something I am working on. {{hug}}

  4. Mrs Green on April 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

    @April: Good to see you April; well, ya know, the documentary isn’t actually out; it’s a wishlist item 😉
    @nazima: I’m sure you will Nazima; your girl is clearly precious to you 🙂
    @One Rich Mother: Love that you are loud; we’d balance one another really well perhaps! I’m naturally very quiet but man I can roar 😀

  5. Jenny Deramo on April 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I’m so glad that you joined the party! I really enjoyed getting to know you with the questions. 🙂

  6. Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama on April 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Finally made it over from the NP Blog Party! So nice to “meet” you. FYI – I will be running an entire series on Anger in Parenting in May. Maybe a post or two will be inspirational to you. Be sure to keep your eyes open. I have about 6 posts lined up! XO

  7. Mrs Green on April 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    @Jenny Deramo: Thanks Jenny – lovely to see you!
    @Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama: Hi Jennifer; your series on anger in parenting sounds like my kinda thing!

  8. Lisa on April 25, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Stopping by from the Blog Hop – what great insights you have. I can’t wait to read more of them.

  9. Alicia C. on April 26, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Oh! A documentary on green living!!! Just think of the things you could do with studio money – rain barrels, solar panels, wind turbines… My dream is to find an old farmhouse on about 10 acres of land to turn into a green, off-the-grid, self-sustaining little piece of heaven. Wouldn’t it be great to have a film crew document it and share it with the world!

    BTW – great to meet you! Aren’t you the same “Mrs. Green” of My Zero Waste? If so, I’ve been a fan for quite a while 🙂

  10. Mrs Green on April 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

    @Lisa: Hi Lisa – welcome! Great to see you 🙂
    @Alicia C.: Sounds like a wonderful dream Alicia and yes, I’m the same Mrs green 😉

  11. Zoie @ TouchstoneZ on April 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I’m already following you, but I wanted to pop in from the blog party and say hello, too. I’m so glad I found both of your blogs 🙂

  12. Megan @ Purple Dancing Dahlias on May 1, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Just now making it over to say hi from the Blog Party. This month has been crazy! Looking forward to a grabbing a few moments to read more on your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine.

  13. Mrs Green on May 3, 2011 at 5:38 am

    @Zoie @ TouchstoneZ: Thanks Zoie, it’s great to connect with you too.

    @Megan @ Purple Dancing Dahlias: Hi Megan, hoping you find yourself with a more peaceful month!