Should I Circumcise My Son? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision

New to the subject of infant circumcision and the benefits of the prepuce (foreskin)? The following are resources many families have found useful when looking at the subject for the first time. They are meant to be a starting point into deeper investigation and further research that is widely available today. If you only have a short period of time to spend on this topic, a blue star marks films with physicians' statements who are in practice today, as well as medical professionals' materials.

★ Functions of the Foreskin:

★ Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: 

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter:

Faith Considerations on Circumcision (resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims):

Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals):

★ Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world:

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field today:

Well researched books written on the subject:

Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown University video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the info pack below):

Dr. Christopher Guest's video, Circumcision: The Whole Story:

Whose Body, Whose Rights? Award-winning circumcision documentary:

The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor:

Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t Circumcision Episode:

★ Intact Care:
Circumcision Care:

The two most common forms of circumcision in North American today: 


Plastibell: [Note that the Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics (Circumcised vs. Intact):

Facebook conversations by men:

Over 250,000 men are restoring some of what was lost to circumcision. It improves sex in a wide variety of ways. Google 'foreskin restoration' and check out any of these resources:

8 articles published at Psychology Today:

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Public Page: 
Discussion Group:
Related items from others with circumcised sons: 

What does this have to do with WOMEN?
Book by same title:

How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life:

Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List:

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: and the HIV resource page:

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: 

If you'd like to join a community of parents (many with both circumcised and intact sons) to ask questions while making your decision, you are welcome to the Intact: Healthy, Happy, Whole group. Everyone is welcome to this safe-space community group.

The Info Pack (includes a DVD with several videos and full length articles); the smaller Expecting Pack; Postcards for friends; or have a professional exchange online correspondence:

Informational items (cards, stickers, bracelets, etc.): or at Etsy:

Please feel free to email at any time. Several clinicians volunteer time to field questions, and if we're not able to answer, we'll seek out a place to go for further information.

If you find these resources to be of use, please help support Saving Our Sons and work we do. We continue solely by volunteers' time and generosity. See current needs at: or give directly:

The Penis: Sex Education 101 with Marilyn Milos


SOS Odyssey: Florida Intact Rallies


 • A voyage marked by fortunate changes
 • An intellectual quest

The SOS Odyssey is a national intact rally, with traveling billboards, making stops in cities across the nation. We host positive, proactive, family-friendly events that raise public awareness and open doors, open hearts, and change minds for the future wellbeing of the next generation. We disperse information along the way, and empower local advocates to keep the momentum going long after we've left town.

Join us in Florida this December when we host events in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Orlando!

We will have the giant traveling billboards, and signs for everyone to use, and (provided funding needs are met) materials for you to take home and move your intact seed-planting to new heights! Come out with your family for a fun, friendly, positive day of awareness raising. Each location has been chosen with meaningful public exposure and children's participation and safety in mind.

If you live in any of these 4 locations and are willing to host 1-2 responsible, adult men in your home for one night, please message the Saving Our Sons Facebook page or email These gentlemen do not need much except for a safe place to sleep.

If you're unable to join us for the Florida Odyssey, please support this event. Each of the adults heading this tour have taken an unpaid week off work to make this happen, and will be traveling to Florida at their own expense to host. The cost of putting on this Odyssey is $1100, with gas between rally locations, overnights, and materials to give away to attendees and passerbys at each event location. Odyssey hosts will need to cover anything that isn't funded on our own -- please help us if you can. Your gift will go a long way this month, and these are the most cost-effective billboards to reach the widest number of people across the nation at each SOS Odyssey.

Thank you for your support, and we will see many of you in Florida!

♥ To give:

SOS Odyssey Supporters
With sincere gratitude - we cannot make this happen without you!

★ Jeffery S.
★ Amy E.
★ Kayla C.
★ Jessica S.
★ Robert B.
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SOS Odyssey: Florida event page:

Saturday, December 16: Jacksonville Event details:

Sunday, December 17: Tallahassee Event details:

Monday, December 18: Gainesville Event details:

Tuesday, December 19: Orlando Event details:

SOS Odyssey: Florida Route

SOS Odyssey: Florida Photo Gallery
(coming soon!)

SOS Odyssey: In the News
(coming soon!)

World Health Organization (WHO) Breastfeeding Code

The World Health Organization Breastfeeding Code
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF about 1.5 million babies die every year because they were not able to receive human milk. Many more millions of babies each year suffer from infectious diseases and malnutrition, never reaching a baseline level of health and development because they were artificially fed. When human milk substitutes are absolutely needed, they can be live-saving. However, more often than not an artificial baby feed industry preys on the insecurities of new mothers, and a culture full of 'booby traps' designed to make a buck off babies and hook parents into this billion dollar business of taking the place of human milk.

Because of this, the World Health Organization implemented an International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

What is the WHO Breastfeeding Code?

On May 21, 1981, the 34th World Health Assembly adopted this International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, and added it to the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution. More than 160 countries and territories, including the United States, agreed to take steps to implement the Code. An upholding of the Code, however, is a matter for the government of each country to decide, in keeping with its social and legislative framework.

The aim of the Code is to "contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants, by the protection and promotion of breastfeeding, and by ensuring the proper use of breastmilk substitutes, when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and through appropriate marketing and distribution."

The Code (World Health Organization Publication WHO/MCH/NUT/90.1) states there will be:

• NO advertising of breastmilk substitutes to the public.

• NO free samples to mothers.

• NO promotion of products in health-care facilities.

• NO company 'mothercraft' nurses to advise mothers.

• NO gifts or personal samples to health workers.

• NO words or pictures idealizing artificial feeding, including pictures of infants on the products.

• Information to health workers should be scientific and factual.

• All information on artificial feeding, including the labels, should explain the benefits of breastfeeding [as a baseline level of health], and the costs, hazards, and risks associated with artificial feeding.

• Unsuitable products, such as condensed milk, should not be promoted for babies.

• All products should be of a high quality and take into account the climatic and storage conditions of the country where they are used.

What is occurring in the United States?

The U.S. government has formally given the WHO Code to U.S. manufactures of artificial baby feeds, along with the government's perspectives on the impact of the Code on those companies. All three major manufacturers have their own code of conduct where the marketing of infant formula is concerned, and all three have declared that they will abide by the International Code when doing business in developing countries, while reviewing their practices in industrialized countries, including the United States. However, as Gabrielle Palmer points out in her fantastic book, The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business, anything that supports a normal feeding of human babies puts the bottom dollar turn-out of these manufacturers at risk. Each one profits - in monumental ways - by undermining a new mother's belief in her ability to feed her baby.

In reality, it is very rare for a human mother to be able to grow a baby inside for 9-10 months, have a live birth, and then not be able to sustain this life outside. The female body is made to birth and breastfeed. When hormonal troubles come into play, we usually see them first impair the ability to become pregnant, stay pregnant, or birth a live baby. When all this takes place, it is scientifically uncommon to not also have the body produce the milk needed to continue to nourish this new life. It is only when we sabotage the normal birth and postpartum period, as well as mothering and breastfeeding in general, that we see problems arise for mothers and babies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics adopted a policy stating that the Academy would terminate the support it received from any company which promoted its products (infant formula) directly to the public. Unfortunately, there are other ways in which artificial feed companies find their ways into the pediatrics practices across the nation -- latching onto mothers when they are in a position of highest doubt (immediately before and after birth).

The United States laws put in place to protect the safety and sanitary condition of artificial baby feeds on the market are the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 and the Infant Formula Act of 1980. Complaints, information on microbiological and nutrient testing, and manufacturer's audits can be found in the amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Action, International Digest of Health Legislation, 43(3):556 (1992).

A variety of groups and individuals have written articles supporting the WHO Code, and discourage people to personally or professionally associate themselves with companies that are in violation of the Code.

For these reasons and more, Peaceful Parenting ceased Google ads at as of 2011, that previously brought in funds for hosting the website, and contributing to the non-profit work of Peaceful Parenting. It forced us to become dependent solely on good-will donations from readers, but also ensures we are not participating in WHO Code breaking marketing that surfaces repeatedly online today.

Furthermore, our Breastfeeding Group is one of the only community groups for nursing moms with babies of all ages that adheres to WHO Code voluntarily. This is a group that all breastfeeding mothers and lactation consultants are welcome to join, with the understanding that we take a fundamental pro-baby stance in the group.

Which is better for you? Memory Foam or Innerspring Mattress


As adults, we tend to neglect our own rest because we’re always too busy. We start by cutting sleep off for the job, then we became parents and we forget what sleep actually is, and then we get in our senior years and we wonder why it’s so difficult to fall asleep and why the back hurts so bad.

The Case for Midwives

By Brooke Faulkner © 2017

We often see midwives as a rising trend in pre- and post-natal care, but midwives have been around in some form as long as women have given birth. Documented history of the profession dates back to ancient Egypt. There’s a good reason why the profession has lasted this long and is seeing a rise in popularity again: midwives make for safer, more peaceful and natural births than obstetricians or hospital births. More than that, in rural areas midwives are saving lives and promoting education on how to raise healthy children.

In Nigeria, a program inviting new and retired midwives to spend a year providing basic service has brought major change in the country.

Midwives are the answer to a question a lot of moms struggle with: how to have the best birth experience? What will be the safest, for both mom and baby? What birth plan is the least traumatic and will benefit the health of mother and child the best in the long run?

What Nurse Midwives Are

A nurse midwife is a medical professional who specializes in pre- and post-natal care. They are one of the many kinds of registered nurses, which means that nurse midwives are highly educated and trained in their field. They are also certified, which requires passing an exam as well as ongoing education. The American Public Health Association and the World Health Organization recommend midwives, which ranks them among the best birth care professionals.

Midwives provide healthcare, assistance and education for all phases of the birth cycle. A midwife can help pick out your birth plan, talk through your medical concerns, help birth your baby and assist with newborn care, including breastfeeding guidance. And, in the worst case scenario, a midwife also knows when it’s time to go to the hospital.

Midwives Make for Better Births

Intuitively, mothers know what’s best for them. Midwives make the best partner for births because they can help with natural, non-traumatic birthing practices. Research backs up midwives: pregnancies with midwives as the main caregiver have fewer miscarriages, are less likely to give birth before 37 weeks, and are less likely to have C-sections and episiotomies. By the numbers, that’s 2.1 percent episiotomy (compared to 33 percent in hospitals), and 3.7 percent C-sections (compared to 32 percent in hospitals).

C-sections and episiotomies are violent, traumatic experiences for mothers and children. Midwives are prone to employing safer methods, like perineum massage and waiting for fetal ejection reflex. Midwives (and homebirths) also mean a more private, intimate experience. Expecting moms who don’t like the idea of being exposed, half naked in an environment where their wishes come second place to an OB’s judgement can find the more humanized, fulfilling, blissful experience of childbirth they’re looking for with a midwife.

Afterbirth Care

Once the baby is born, parents — especially new parents — still need help with their care. In some European countries, new moms get home nurse visits. That practice isn’t commonplace here, but midwives some will visit you at home to see how life with your baby is progressing, and give struggling moms education and support on breastfeeding. Midwives mean better survival rates for newborns: they can help lower the chance of SIDS by being in the baby’s environment. After carrying your baby, and birthing him with care, midwives can help begin his life with you in a healthy, more natural way — a way of your choosing.

Are you prepared for the R-22 Phaseout?

More than two decades ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the timeline for the phaseout of R-22, a refrigerant used in many home air conditioning units. This phaseout will affect millions of homeowners across the country. You, however, can reduce its impact on your household by getting ahead of the R-22 phaseout and taking action now.

What Is the R-22 Phaseout?

The EPA recognizes R-22 refrigerant as an ozone-depleting compound. Ingredients in the compound have an adverse effect on the ozone layer surrounding the Earth's atmosphere. In order to prevent further damage to the ozone layer, the EPA announced the phaseout of certain ozone-depleting compounds, including R-22. The EPA stretched out this phaseout over a longer time frame to minimize the impact on homeowners. Production of air conditioning units requiring the R-22 refrigerant stopped in 2010. The EPA also limits how much R-22 comes into and how much companies make in the United States every year. According to the EPA timeline, the production and imports of the R-22 compound will stop by the year 2020. After this point, HVAC technicians will need to depend solely on reclaimed or recycled R-22 to service older AC units. The goal is to phase out the use of R-22 completely by the year 2030.

Will the R-22 Phaseout Affect You?

If you have installed a new air conditioning unit after 2010, the R-22 phaseout will likely not affect you. However, you should have a professional HVAC technician inspect your existing air conditioning unit to find out what type of refrigerant it uses.

If your unit uses R-22, the most immediate effect the phaseout will have is a possible higher repair cost. As less and less R-22 refrigerant is available on the market, the costs for replenishing it in home air conditioning units will continue to rise. After 2030, homeowners still using air conditioners that use R-22 will need to replace these units.

What Can Homeowners Do Now?

If your air conditioning unit requires R-22 to operate, don't panic. You can take several steps now to decrease the effect this change will have and lower your immediate out-of-pocket expenses.

Regularly Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit

The most important step you can take now is to regularly maintain your current air conditioning unit. The R-22 refrigerant will last for many years if your unit does not have any leaks and your unit is working properly. Check for leaks in your air conditioner by having a professional HVAC technician come to your home. You also want to schedule regular inspections to make sure your HVAC system is operating at peak performance.

Replace Your System with a New Air Conditioning Unit

Ultimately, you will need to buy a new air conditioning unit by the year 2030. The good news is that today's units are energy-efficient systems. Because of this boost in energy efficiency, you will save money on your energy bills and help to protect the environment. Many homeowners also are eligible for various rebates and government tax credits.

Getting ahead of the R-22 phaseout can help you save money. Contact an HVAC technician to learn more about the R-22 phaseout and to explore all of your options.

Fun Ways to Encourage Your Child to Learn

Every parent wishes that his child could know and achieve more than he managed to do in his life but forcing kids to learn does not appear to be an effective way to create a study motivation. That is why it is important to ask yourself what motivates your child and interest your son or daughter using many different approaches.

What Are The Best Ways To Encourage Your Child To Learn?

If you wish to encourage your child to learn and create a positive attitude to learning, try the following fun ways to get pleasure from this useful process.

1. Make use of technology

It is not a secret that our children are experienced and excellent users of modern devices. It takes only a couple of minutes for them to understand the way an app works or adjust necessary settings to their taste. In this way they are much different from us. That is why parents should take advantage of modern devices and use them for educational purposes. The modern variety of applications and devices allows not only learn how to teach your child to write or read but also transform this process into a real fun and entertainment.

Don’t be afraid to let your child surf the Internet. If you assign him or her with a task, this search can bring more benefits as to find the necessary information or destination you should browse dozens of websites and learn many new things on the topic even without noticing that. For example, ask your child to find a certain essay type structure, and he will analyze numerous articles on the topic until he clicks over fast custom essay writing service and finds the necessary information.

2. Learn the benefits of public libraries

Even if a child does not like reading books at home, it does not mean that he has no motivation to study. The reasons behind that can be different: the same dull books, a possibility to take up any other activity, less productive atmosphere, etc.

How can you benefit from libraries? Libraries are created to encourage young population to love reading and books. A child will not only see a variety of really interesting paper adventures, but get into a different world: modern libraries organize different fun activities like plays or interactive contests, have board games, offer not only books but also CDs, magazines, videos, sets of images, and many other things that can catch attention of your kid.

3. Take advantage of family trips

If your family enjoys visiting other countries and cities, it is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of such trips. Apart from rest and leisure activities you can spend your time learning geography, natural sciences, history, and diversify your knowledge about customs and traditions of other people. It does not mean to read long lectures about one or another monument. You can say two sentences that will strike the imagination and reside in the memory forever, while taking part in the traditional events will be several times more memorable than long stories.

What if you don’t travel? Families that do not have an opportunity to go far from their home should not neglect a chance to learn their native cities. You can deepen the knowledge of all those subjects exploring sights of your motherland and searching for new experiences without leaving your home city. How to do this? There is no doubt that your city has a museum, church, central square, architectural monuments, zoo, theatre, and many other places that may be used advantageously by you.

4. Educate on the basis of everyday activities

Every mother has to cook, do household chores or make something in the yard while dad’s work or rest can be connected with a car, repairing or fishing, for example. It does not matter what chores you have to do at home or what you are enjoying during free time, remember that every activity can be used beneficially! How is it possible? You can learn the basics of proper nutrition and math counting biscuits you bake in the kitchen; let your kid plant a flower to learn more about our environment or do some shopping to write the list, count money, and distribute it correctly to purchase everything you planned. Everything you can teach thanks to the everyday activities depends only on your imagination and creativity, so do not lose a chance to see how your child learns to survive in the adult world.

5. Opt for learning gamification

All children like games. Don’t deprive your child to learn anything while playing a game – there are many interesting games that help to acquire new knowledge playing them but you can transform any activity into a game. Organize treasure hunts and quests offering children to solve puzzles or tasks to get to another stage. Combine physical activities with mental ones. For example, a favorite kids’ game “Twister” can be improved by not only moving your body parts but also answering questions to get an alternative: to move or stay in a more comfortable position. Gamification is a real boost in education worth using it regularly.

Due Date Calculator

Due Date Calculator

It goes without saying that nothing brings more joy into our lives than new parenthood. But along with this joy it also brings feelings of anxiety, nervousness, unpredictability and wonder. Babies are extremely unpredictable. No amount of parenting books, magazines, google searches or elders’ advice can prepare you fully for this mammoth task ahead of you. However, some amount of strategic planning can help you and calm your nerves while you wait for your bundle of joy.

Once you get a positive pregnancy test, the next step is to get it confirmed from your ob-gyn with an ultrasound. The doctor will most probably also give you your due date at this appointment. This appointment is generally held between 10 to 14 weeks. While you wait for your first appointment you can use this easy pregnancy due date calculator to help you start planning –

How to use this due date calculator?

The link will take you to the due date calculator. It is extremely easy to use. It takes the date of the first day of your last period and the approximate length of your menstrual cycle as input and gives you the estimated due date (EDD) as output.

How do due date calculators work?

Many due date calculators are available online today. They use different principles to calculate your baby’s due date. They are based on the date of the last menstrual period (LMP).

The Naegele’s rule for determining your baby’s due date is most commonly used by due date calculators. A pregnancy lasts for roughly 40 weeks from the day of conception and this duration is called the gestation period. Naegele’s rule adds 40 x 7 = 280 days to the first day of your menstrual cycle, the result of which is your baby’s due date. Here it is assumed that a woman’s period cycle runs for 28 days approximately and ovulation occurs on the 14th day.

However, some women have a menstrual cycle longer or shorter than 28 days. The Mittendorf-Williams rule takes this deviation into consideration. This makes it a more accurate method of calculating the due date. It takes different factors like race, height, weight, maternal age and average luteal phase length (second half of menstrual cycle after the day of ovulation) into consideration. This makes the calculation way more complicated.

This due date calculator uses the Mittendorf-Williams rule and hence is more accurate than other calculators you find online.

How accurate are due date calculators?

The accuracy of a due date calculator depends on multiple factors. If the expectant mother has regular monthly periods, there is a very high chance of the due date being accurate. However, for women with irregular periods it is important to confirm/determine the due date by measuring the size of the fetus during the first ultrasound appointment. Another point to note is that only around 5-6% women deliver their babies on the due date. Hence, a due date calculator provides you with an approximate due date or a range of 4 weeks between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. Only a pregnancy above 42 weeks is considered overdue.


In conclusion, we can say that due date calculators are helpful in providing the expectant couples with a general idea of when to expect the arrival of their baby. The first day of the last period and length of cycle play a role in determining the due date. The Mittendorf-Williams method calculates the due date more accurately than the Naegele method as it takes into consideration a cycle size below or above the average. This factor makes the due date calculator more accurate when compared to others found online.

Perfect Christmas Gifts for Mom

Perfect Christmas Gifts for Mom

Christmas gift buying is a challenge for many people. You do not want to be gifting mom a present that will end up in the back of the cupboard or in the local thrift store before the new year. Here we look at some ideas, that go far beyond garage-bought chocolates and flowers. Here we’ve chosen the perfect Christmas gifts tailored for every mom you need to shop for:

For the Domestic Goddess

Sign up with an online florist and send a bouquet of flowers to your mom each month. Having flowers at home has to been proven by science to boost creativity, and reduce anxiety. For longer lasting blooms, choose potted plants that can be transferred to the garden. For one of the most perfect Christmas gifts choose a flower that will never die. An Eternity Rose, a natural rose, dipped in either gold, platinum or silver, or a rose that is glazed in colour and trimmed with gold is a wonderful token of your unending love to your mom.

For the mom who loves to entertain

Attractive Le Creuset products are trusted by professional chefs and loved by those who enjoy cooking, make them ideal Christmas gifts for those who love to entertain. Le Creuset is most famous for its cast iron cookware, but they also produce stainless steel and stoneware products for the kitchen and the dining room, plus accessories that also make great gift ideas.

Oscar de la Renta not only has a successful line of lingerie, he also has a home-ware range that includes an amazing tortoise glass ice bucket paired with a gold lid and tongs that will add elegance to any Christmas party.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York have the most fabulous contemporary gifts, from a hand-blown coffee maker through to an Italiani Cheese Connoisseur Set that includes high-quality knives crafted specifically for slicing and serving soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses.

For the Yogi

Yoga company Hugger Mugger offer eco-friendly yoga equipment with mats and blocks made from cork, jute, bamboo as well as natural rubber. Manduka sell well-designed, sustainable, seam-free yoga kit to help mom stretch and bend in comfort.

A yoga retreat in the hills of Portugal, whilst sleeping in a teepee or yurt may just be the break your mom deserves. Choose between a 5 star spa retreat or a more rustic rural escape. For something closer to home, choose a gift certificate for a local studio and promise to mind the kids whilst she’s at class.

For the Gym Buff

If mom’s going to the gym with the same bag she used before the kids were born, now is a time for an upgrade and a bag that she will not be embarrassed to carry. This could be a Tommy Hilfiger tote, a Stella McCartney sports bag or a Kate Spade weekender, that can double-up as a bag to take on a weekend away with the girls

Moms, particularly new moms, sometimes struggle to get used to their new body shape after pregnancy. A gift certificate for personal training can teach mom some new moves at the gym, build strength and grow confidence. Consider joining her as working out with a friend can bring even better results.

For the Runner

If your marathon mum still has her Garmin Forerunner 10, it’s time for an upgrade. The Garmin Forerunner 630 crunches all the data necessary for training and racing. It even has a built in recovery advisor that will tell mom when to take a break.

Comfortable headphones that deliver good sound quality make for a much easier run. SENSO have built Bluetooth Headphones that include 4.1 CSR technology, an IPX-7 waterproof rating and an eight-hour battery life.

For Sleeping Beauty

La Perla is famous for it’s ultra-luxe lingerie, but also has some gorgeous nightwear too, because as a mom, she’s a woman who deserves to feel special.

Being mom is tiring, particularly for new moms. Rest may not be easy, but changing out of an old T-shirt and sweats into luxury leisurewear will make her instantly feel better. Asceno’s satin pyjama pants with side-seam stripes will look good at any time.


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10 Benefits of Cloth Diapers

10 Benefits of Cloth Diapers! Brought to Peaceful Parenting families by Mom Loves Best. ♥

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, the blogger behind Mom Loves Best, and a modern eco-friendly mom. In her spare time Jenny enjoys writing engaging content that aims to encourage new parents to consider more natural and sustainable parenting methods such as cloth diapering and breastfeeding. She is best known for her article "The 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding" which has been shared by hundreds of bloggers and industry leaders.

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Parenting in Peace

By Daisy L. Hall
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I urge you to be at peace with your children. Many parents are at 'war' with their children - constantly fighting over homework, chores, curfew, etc. Such households are characterized by frustrated, yelling parents; and fearful, crying, unhappy children. If you find a need to chastise or punish your children on a daily basis, there is a need for change. Isn't it time to end the conflict? Make a commitment to peaceful parenting and a peaceful household by embracing the concepts outlined here.

To parent in peace:

1. Give some thought to your childhood. Think about what you liked and did not like about your growing up experience. Think about your childhood relationship with your parents.

Why is this important? Because parents will inevitably relive their childhoods through their children. And, whatever unresolved issues you have from childhood, will show up, one way or another, in your relationship with your children - often in very unhealthy ways.

What issues have you carried into adulthood? Do you have unresolved issues with your parents? Do you have issues around control, sexuality, school performance, anger , trust or intimacy? If so, think about how these issues may be affecting your ability to be a good parent. See my article, Do Your Own Therapy.

2. Think about the problems you are having with your children. For each problem, ask yourself, is this really important? Why does this bother me so much? If the child does not change this behavior, will there be serious consequences? Sometimes a problem becomes a power struggle that the parent is unnecessarily determined to win. But, what value is winning if you destroy your relationship with your child? Ongoing conflict carries with it the risk of seriously damaging the parent-child relationship. And with ongoing conflict, there can be no peace.

3. Accept your child as a separate, unique individual, who at times may think and behave very differently from you. Too often parents are threatened by, or uncomfortable with, differences. Conflicts arise when the parent tries to change the way a child thinks or behaves. Ask yourself, "Is this really a problem I should be concerned about?" Or, is it simply the child expressing his or her unique personality?

For example, you feel your child is much too outgoing and constantly warn him to be more cautious about people, not to be so friendly. After you have adequately expressed your concerns, it may be time to let go and accept the child for who he is. Recognizing that we all learn by experience.

4. Think about the expectations you have of your children. Are they realistic? Are they fair? Children are often held to higher expectations than adults - i.e. "You must always tell the truth," when lying by adults is often excepted or overlooked. Children are often punished for breaking a glass, spilling the milk, or losing his jacket; when adults are not. Children are frequently punished for getting a bad grade, but adults are not punished for getting a bad performance evaluation. In regards to school work, the issue should be, whether or not the child did the best he or she could.

5. Respect your children. Just as adults want and need respect, so do children. Respect your children by listening to them, accepting their individuality, accepting that they are not perfect, allowing them to make mistakes, and allowing them to make decisions and have input about things that affect them (as age appropriate). And remember, if you must demand a child's respect, you don't really have it.

6. Contemplate your concept of a "good child." Is a good child one that always does what he or she is told? Never disobeys? Always does the right thing? Always pleases his parents? Think about it. Would you really want a child like that? And how prepared would such a child be to function in our society? Sometimes "disobedience" can be a sign or strength or independence. If parenting was a simple as telling a child once, parents would not be needed. A child needs to be taught, and teaching and training takes time and repetition. If you have to correct your child many times for the same misbehavior, this does not necessarily mean the child is bad or disrespectful. A child is a work in progress, who will need support and guidance for many years.

And remember, there are no perfect children, as there are no perfect parents. You must forgive yourself for the mistakes you make as a parent, and you must forgive your children. A parent will often be required to forgive a child for not being born at the right time, for not being the child you wanted, for not living up to your expectations, for not fulfilling your dreams, and for making mistakes.

7. Have fun together, as a family. Create your own family traditions. Such as, pizza night or movie night once a week. Make cookies, popcorn, or other treats. Work a puzzle, play a board game, read stories together. Sit down with the children and come up with fun things you can do on your "fun night." Children need to have fun and so do you. I recognize that this can be difficult with our busy lives, however, investing time in your children reaps great rewards.

8. Be a loving parent and do the very best you can. This is the best advice anyone can give a parent. If you are doing the very best you can, there is never any reason for guilt. Most parents "love" their children, but "loving" is about how you treat your children. Be loving with your children. Praise them specifically, give them attention when they're doing things right, show them respect as human beings, and tell them you love them - often.

And, if you are getting it right, you will know. Within your household, there will be smiles, there will be laughter, and there will be peace.

Saving Our Sons Fall Benefit

Saving Our Sons Benefit

To donate an item:

• Quality photo of your item(s)*
• Item value (retail + shipping)
• Item description (material, size, ingredients, etc.)
• Your shop name and website (if applicable) 
• Where you will ship (U.S. only, Canada, other nations)*

Email this information to

*You may also ship donated items to SOS directly at the address below,
and we will photograph and ship to winning recipients.

Bidding goes live Nov 25, and ends Dec 1.
New items may be added through Thursday, Nov 30.
All donors agree to ship items to winning bidders no later than Friday, Dec 8.

Items will be highlighted with the Peaceful Parenting, Intact Network, and Saving Our Sons communities, among other parenting and human rights groups and social media networks.

To give in lieu of the auction, become an SOS Sponsor, donate,
or support the upcoming SOS Odyssey.

Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Thank you for your generosity and support as we
work toward a future of genital autonomy for all.

Click on an item below to bid on Facebook or use the Win-It-Now option.

All items include shipping in the U.S.
View full album on Facebook here.

New Baby Care Kit
Included with this bundle is an Expecting Mom pack of informational items, 25 Lanolin single use packets, 8 travel packs of Calmoseptine (good for 2-3 typical applications), The Windi (to relieve newborn babies of painful gas/gut issues), and a small breastfeeding journal with coupons from Boppy and Target.
Retail Value (with shipping): $13
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Circumcision? Never Again!
Share why you would make a different decision next time around, and spark conversation with parents-to-be. This canvas tote bag expands to hold 2 1/2 gallon jugs, plus extra, or plenty of groceries. It is also a good size to use as a quick school or gym bag.
Included is a matching button, two bracelets of your choosing, and a set of info cards or stickers of your choosing.
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Plastibell with Clear-Top Metal Tin
One new sealed Plastibell for use in education and at expos, in a clear-top metal tin that is perfect for display (so your Plastibell does not disappear at your next event). This item is meant for educators and those leading exposition booths.
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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GIAW Commemorative T-shirt
Deep purple from Washington D.C.'s Genital Integrity Awareness Week and Worldwide Week of Genital Autonomy. Gildan Heavy Cotton
Winner may select from Small, Medium, or 2XL
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: The Rest of Our Lives
Newly released (Nov 2017) CD | Factory Sealed
Will be shipped with a stash of intact stickers or cards (winner's choice)
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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Click Here to Win-it-Now ($12)

Sparkle Intact / Genital Autonomy Key Chain
Vinyl, Felt, Lobster Clasp
Winner selects color choice (blue, white, green, purple)
Donated by: Starlight Dragonfly
Retail Value (with shipping): $9
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Custom crocheted Saving Our Sons / Intact Symbol Ornament
Non-breakable | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $10
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Placenta Encapsulation Package: $175 Gift Card
Whispering Willow Birth Services serves the Hampton Roads, Virginia and surrounding areas (including some of NE North Carolina). Included in this package are: • Placenta Pickup, • Placenta Encapsulation, • 2 Placenta Prints, • Cord keepsake, and • Return delivery to the client.
Retail Value: $175
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The Village Birth Center $1,000.00 Gift Card
The Village Birth Center is the first and only freestanding birth center in Hampton Roads, Virginia, serving all of Tidewater and surrounding areas. Midwife, Jennifer Rector, is the longest practicing midwife serving mothers in SE Virginia, attending births at home and at the birth center, and handling all forms of prenatal care. In case of transfer, The Village Birth Center is 4 minutes from a supportive major medical facility.
Retail Value: $1,000.00
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Rare YouTube Elephant in the Hospital Bumper Sticker
Extra Long - 22.5 inches | New Navy/White Outdoor Heavy Vinyl
Retail (with shipping): $22
*Winner agrees to share a photo of their new bumper sticker in action with donors
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Custom crochet GA Symbol slouchy hat
Superwash Merino Wool | Adult Size | Burnt Orange & Chocolate
Retail Value (with shipping): $40
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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Kinderpack - Infant/Standard
Brand new, tags attached. "The Good Fight" print.
Has attached matching Pink/White Polka-Dot hoody-hood.
Has seat 'cinch strap' and 6 strap size adjustments.
Fits babies 8lbs-35lbs (approximately birth to age 2).
Will ship with 2 "Born to Be Worn" babywearing bracelets.
Retail (with shipping): $179
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Click Here to Win-It-Now ($159)

Metal lift-lid carrying tin with 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Black metal carrying tin with lid and 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Metal slide-top carrying tin with 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Calmoseptine - Large 4 ounce tube
Will come with intact care materials and a hospital/daycare pack if winning bidder wishes ($3 value).
Retail Value (with shipping): $11
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 Handmade Boobie Beanie - Brown/Chocolate - 0-6 months
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, samples
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $22
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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 Handmade Boobie Beanie - Beige/Brown - 0-6 months
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, samples
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $22
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Two mOmma 5-ounce Lansinoh Bottles
Perfect for pumping moms or babies who are also breastfeeding.
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, 25 individual packets of Lanolin,
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Custom crochet baby dress and hair band
Size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $40 for combo
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom Bunny Lovie
Made with RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $18
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crochet baby hats
Hat One: 2 sided blues / Hat Two: with bear ears
Size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $20 for combo
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crochet 2 sided hat
Purple/green and pink/navy
Hat size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crocheted baby blanket
RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom Crochet Baby Booties
 Newborn - 3mo | Deep Purple-Pink with Chocolate | Acrylic
Retail Value (with shipping): $18
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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Custom crochet GA Symbol Pixie Hat
Superwash Merino Wool | Toddler-Child Size | Purple/Pink/Gray/Green
Retail Value (with shipping): $35
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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GA Symbol T-shirt
Size Adult Large (narrow fit) | TeeSpring | Black 
Reads: Circumcision is a Human Rights Violation
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
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Saving Our Sons T-shirt
Size Adult Small or Large (winner chooses) | White 
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Saving Our Sons
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Saving Our Sons T-shirt
Size Adult XL (roomy fit) | White 
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Saving Our Sons
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I Want My Foreskin for Giftmas (New) Hardcover Book
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Doctors Re-examine Circumcision (New) Book
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): Unknown
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Miranda's Tangerine GA Lip Balm - 2 count
Lime Flavor | All Natural
Made with extra virgin olive oil, organic virgin coconut oil,
organic beeswax, and organic essential oils.
Two lip balms per set will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $10
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(winner selects cap colors while quantities last)

3rd Rock Sunblock!
The best natural sunblock available today.
Made only with natural, organic, toxin-free, food-grade ingredients. Baby safe!
PETA and Leaping Bunny approved. Non-scented. Learn more about 3rd Rock.
Each container of 3rd Rock Sunblock will come with an advocacy bracelet of your choice.
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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BabyComfy Nose
#1 tested nasal aspirator recommended by Dr. Sears and other gentle parenting pediatricians.
Learn more about the BabyComfy Nose.
BabyComfy Nose will arrive with a small variety of baby care materials.
Retail Value (with shipping): $16
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Bebámour Diaper bag with changing pad and 2 insulated bottle totes.
Multiple compartments, brand new with tags attached.
Will come with 2 Lansinoh mOmma 5-ounce bottles for breastfeeding/pumping moms (if winning bidder is able to use them). $15 value
Will come with 25 Lanolin individual packets if winning bidder is able to use them. $9 value
Retail Value (with shipping): $70
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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