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rainbowmiller His Jamma. 4 generations. There are so many things we are extremely thankful for in deciding to start our family young. One of them is this. And that Cody's parents started young too. Because now, we get to have this beautiful woman in our lives. Our kids will have memories of going over to their great grandmas house. She's strong and capable and has a soft heart. We love her a lot. 1d

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rainbowmiller I don't parent at the park. Not really. Of course I watch to make sure no one is about to break a neck or run onto a road, but besides the obvious, I plant my feet or butt on the grass and watch. Sometimes they ask me to play and I happily accept, but most of the time, I just observe. I've learned a lot from stepping WAY back. And I know I will never return to hovering over their play. I used to. I wasn't even a helicopter parent, but I would say things like "careful!", "put your foot here." , "climb on this." "Go down the slide!". All well meaning and encouraging but unknowingly suffocating and discouraging in the same. It's what so many parents do so I never even thought... I realized one day that I wasn't applying the same parenting style at the park or in public that we do in our home. So the next time at the park I sat. I cringed and held my breath and stopped myself from jumping up, but do you know what? Nobody died. Nobody was bleeding or crying. They were happy. The next time I watched with a different eye. Watched them climb things I didn't know they could. Watched big sister encourage little brother to face a fear I didn't think he would. When we let our children just BE and back off a little, magic happens. I want them to be able to problem solve, to test limits and see what happens, to observe their own self, and to face natural consequences that happen after not so great choices. And just as much as it is for them, it's good for US. Puts our heads in the moment and we get to trust our kids. Trust ourselves. So if you don't already, give it a try. Let them play their way, test limits, succeed and make mistakes. Parks have no rules or ways you must play. They don't start off in a box. We are often the ones who put them there. But we don't have to. You may just catch yourself with the biggest smile, marveling at the small people who call you theirs 2d
  •   rainbowmiller @indibent you are so kind! I'm glad it resonates with you and we can be connected through his journey!! 2d
  •   rainbowmiller @four.plus.three we all need reminders from time to time I'm so thankful for virtual mom support 2d
  •   amjovie This is my natural way of parenting and what stresses me out is other people/parents. Im relaxed and just letting my kids do their own thing or letting my kids and their kids play and they are constantly "um dom or lulu are doing this." Or "oh she might fall" or just saying stuff to the kids while they play together. My mom is the same and so is my "MIL" it is so draining! I feel so much more relaxed when it is just us at home or when we have a place to ourselves. My kids have bled and gotten hurt but they learn from it. Dom is an amazing climber and also really great at falling because he has gotten the chance to learn. I wish more parents were like this. In most of the world this is how it is. 2d
  •   rainbowmiller @amjovie ugh that would make me crazy!! I straight up tell people to back off (nicely) though haha. I'll be like, "if I see something that concerns me or my kids can't handle I'll step in. Thanks for your concern, but we just do things differently." Thankfully we live in a place that's a lot more old school in that way. Farm town in southern Alberta, most people are at least used to the idea that a lot of kids have larger boundaries. 1d
  •   amjovie I do tell people but its like in one ear out the other 1d
  •   rainbowmiller @amjovie lol always 1d

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rainbowmiller We started our school year today! Homeschooling is busy but I love it so very much. And it's so diverse with each family! On our way to the park, she told me about how fun her day was and all of the things she enjoyed. She shared her excitement about the things she hopes to learn and explore, and reviewed things she's learned. Keeping her thirst for knowledge strong and wild is a big reason we chose to educate her at home. Feeling thankful and full of happiness. Freaking love this season 🏻 3d
  •   onelovemama Oh I love this! I'm hoping to homeschool my kiddos as well and look forward to the adventures the future holds! 2d
  •   madders235 Aww :). This is sweet! I was thinking about why moms choose to homeschool ..... I've always said I would put my children into public schools but now that I think more about how we want to gentle parent Nova I wonder if sending her to school would break some of that?! What I mean is the teacher has full control over Nova during the school day & I obviously wouldn't be there to watch how she interacts with the kids,etc... I had some wonderful teachers in elementary but also some teachers that were very high strung and weren't the nicest! It's defiantly something I want to think more about since schooling is a huge decision! I'm glad you shared this photo! Made me think 2d
  •   rainbowmiller @onelovemama that's exciting! I promise it's not as scary or overwhelming as it might seem when you really start looking into it 1d
  •   rainbowmiller @madders235 that's what I had said too. I think I decided to homeschool around the time she was one. I have a lot of reasons for doing so, but one of them was definitely "co parenting" with a school board who to them, my kids would mostly just be another number through the door. 6 hours every day is a lot of time to not have your kid. That means most of the time you have them they are sleeping! But bigger than that is I think the public school system is really failing kids. Some parents don't have the time etc to homeschool but I definitely think it's a much richer schooling experience. We are really casual homeschoolers too. A mix between more traditional and unschooling. We get to go at our kids pace, be that she's doing advanced reading and language and maybe a little behind in math or something- it's always as far as she's comfortable and wants to stretch. No waiting for peers to catch up or stress from being "behind". Not to mention early influence of other kids who are parented very differently... I don't know. I'm not a bubble mom by any means but I do know these years are precious and it matters to build kids up inside your walls away with as little influence from the kids swearing and talking about stuff they shouldn't know about yet. I want them to have a strong sense of home and family and morals and values. It's what makes me confident in them going out into the world and facing its shit. They will hopefully always know home is their nest and we will always be non judgmental ears and advice. Sorry that's so long haha I could talk about homeschooling forever 1d
  •   madders235 That is all really good info for Cameron and I to think about! Thanks for sharing . My sister in law has 6 kids (spread out age 20-5) and home schooled/ home schools them all! Her kids are such sweet/well mannered kids & very successful/happy kids!! They do home schooling groups I believe where they meet up with other home schooled kids! They are seriously the sweetest kids ever! We went to the beach with them for a week and I was so impressed! Her son Jack who is 10 entertained Nova every day & would come running everytime she cried and try to make her happy! It was so sweet & the bond they all have is so beautiful! They love eachother!! I go back and forth about being a part time nurse & finishing my degree or just fully devoting myself to being sahm! I'm going to think hard over the next few years about home schooling, etc... It's a big decision but if Nova shows signs she would do better having me home school her I may! Thanks for sharing :-). I like learning about why people choose to home school!!! 1d
  •   rainbowmiller It's hard to find your true path! But you will :) you're a great mama. Your welcome, I love sharing to those who'd like to know :) 1d

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rainbowmiller Monday is already a little insane. {We are posting the day on snapchat today if you wanna follow along etc! You can find me at Imrainbowmiller #monday #motherhood #vloggers #familyvloggers 3d

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rainbowmiller 18 months old. Full of love, life, mischief, laughter and a sweet gentle touch. 4d

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rainbowmiller The air has finally cleared from all the fire smoke and we are stoked! Spent the afternoon longboarding, teaching kynzie to ride two wheels, collecting pine cones and climbing trees. Great way to wind down a great weekend🏻️ 4d

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rainbowmiller Oh my goodness these two slay me!! #pressplay 4d

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rainbowmiller We don't really do bedtime around here(within reason like anything, of course). We try to teach them to listen and respect their bodies needs. Sometimes that means we do need to help them listen to tired signs at 7, and sometimes, like tonight, we climb into bed together at 10. Gray was already asleep for a couple hours but woke from a restless sleep to hang out. Kynzie watched Matilda and we shared pizza and relaxed doing things we each love. I'm so grateful for the relaxed and flexible life we've created. I'll remember these nights forever. 5d
  •   tenellchamp This is EXACTLY us 🏼 couldn't live on a tight exact routine 5d
  •   indiehomestead This is us too! Always has been and I love and cherish it. It makes us that much closer. 5d
  •   madders235 So sweet :). We let Nova put herself on a schedule too... Sometimes she's sound asleep for bed around 7 pm & sometimes not until 9 pm! I keep on saying I'm going to put Nova in her crib by 6 months but I can't do it. We all sleep so much better co-sleeping! It makes me feel secure knowing she's right next to me too! I don't even know why I bought a crib & made Kam put it together haha. I guess it's a nice storage box to hold laundry, etc lol 4d
  •   madders235 Btw- I want to make cute videos like you on YouTube. I have a camera I just don't know how to edit lol. I want videos of us just living life for nova to look back on! What editing program do you like? I have a Mac that has a program but I'm still trying to learn! I've been editing one video for a week hahah 4d
  •   rainbowmiller @madders235 we bought one too with kynzie. You never know how you're going to parent until they come! Honestly setting rules and schedules just because it's what you're "supposed" to do, or everyone else does makes ZERO sense to me. Like none. Putting my children in a separate room or forcing sleep on them just seems crazy and so wrong in so many ways. Good thing the world has all this info and connections so we know there are no rules!! 4d
  •   rainbowmiller @madders235 I use adobe premiere pro on a PC, but I don't recommend it as a beginning editing program to be honest! Use the basic one that comes on your Mac (final cut or movie maker?? Something like that) until you really learn the basics and then you can start learning a more complex program like Adobe premier pro or final cut etc 4d

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rainbowmiller While I was getting my tattoo with Cody yesterday, I went ahead and got two.because when you're already getting one... this one's for me and my tiny loves. (Also there is a little day in the life video on our channel if you care to watch!) 6d

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rainbowmiller We have been stuck inside for a week due to forest fire smoke making the air quality horrid in yyc. It's been challenging. Everybody blow really hard and maybe we can make a big gust to send it all away, ok? But seriously this has made me so grateful for having the clean quality air we always have. And also? No pants are best pants. 6d

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rainbowmiller Our anniversary tattoos ️ Cody got his for me (moon of my life) and I got mine for him (my sun and stars) we LOVE them!! 7d

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rainbowmiller Built in best friend 7d

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rainbowmiller My best furry people. Yesterday was #nationaldogday this is Carly (big) and Fynn (small) and they are our Ohana we love them a lot. #doglove 1w

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rainbowmiller We have matching mommy-daughter treats sometimes while baby brother naps 👭 1w

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rainbowmiller Henna party!! #henna #hair #cacarouge #naturalhair I have the best husband ever. 1w

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