Nicole Alderman

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Five acres, two little ones, one awesome husband, 12 ducks (give or take), and a bunch of fruit trees and garden beds. In her spare time, Nicole likes to knit, paint, draw, teach kids, make fairies & dragons, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
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Borage DOES grow well. It self-seeds, too.

Other plants I see bees all over are dandelions, oregano, marjoram, lavender, and rosemary. They also seem to like the native blackberries and other cane berries.

There's some random evergreen shrub that my mom has that makes red berries and blooms for a loooong time, and bees are always all over that thing. I'll try to remember to ask her what that plant is...
2 hours ago
Growing up, I had a LARGE collection of Berenstain Bears. Having an older brother, I always identified with "Sister Bear." But, my dad was not like Papa Bear (Papa Bear was always a bit childish, in both good ways and bad ways, and my father was always very responsible), nor my mother very much like Mama Bear. They're parenting styles and personalities are very different.

Today, I pulled out my Berenstain Bears books to read with my kids. My 2 year old daughter instantly identified with Sister Bear, pointing at the pictures and saying her name. And my son identified with Brother Bear. They even call them by their own names!

...And then I realized I'm no longer Sister Bear, I'm Mama Bear!

... And then I realized I parent a whole lot like Mama Bear

Here's me telling my husband and kids to get away from the computer/video game screen to go do something more worthwhile. Oh wait, that's Mama Bear turning off the TV for the very same reasons.



And here's me cleaning up after my children and then threatening to throw the junk away while my children sob.




It makes me wonder if, all that time I spent reading these books had me internalize some of the parenting techniques/reactions, without even realizing it. I try to emulate my own mother, who was always calm and unfazed when I parent, but Mama Bear seems to be my default parenting technique.


Anyway, where do YOU get your parenting techniques from?
2 hours ago
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4 hours ago
Just stepping in here, preemptively, to remind people that this is NOT the Cider Press, so lets not get too controversial here. It's perfectly fine to state what you like/don't like in rules...but not to insult other people's rules/ideas. Thank you!

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4 hours ago
My favorite weed? T Here's so many!

Chickweed
Stinging nettle
Sheep Sorrel
Wood sorrel
Dandelion

And all those kale and daikon radishes that self-seeded :D
10 hours ago