Raising Natural Kids

Raising Natural Kids provides parents with the resources that they need to make informed decisions regarding their children, specifically focusing on raising children in healthy environments that will benefit their overall well-being.

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To the Mom of a Nursing Toddler

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I am still nursing my 33 month old. Of my three kids, I have nursed him the longest, and though I’d love a full night of sleep, I know that this is what is good for him right now. I love nursing and am so glad that I got to do it – for myself and for my children.

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It’s ok that you’re the only one who can get your child to take a nap.

It’s ok that you’re the only one who can put your child to sleep at night.

It’s ok that you can’t imagine a night away from your child.

It’s ok that you can imagine a night away from your child.

It’s ok that you sometimes resent your child’s very big need for you.

It’s ok that you sometimes feel so full with radiant love when you think of your child’s very big need for you.

It’s ok that your child always, sometimes, “still” nurses in the middle of the night.

It’s ok that you offer to nurse your child when you are tired and you want to sit still on the couch for a few minutes.

It’s ok that you offer to nurse your child to ward off a tantrum.

It’s ok that…

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Poofy Organics Coupon Code and Lice Prevention Spray

Happy Labor Day and Back to School! Poofy Organics has a ton of new products, including a lice prevention spray!

All orders from Monday 9/7 – Sunday 9/13 will receive 10% off*. Please place orders through this link:https://rnk.poofyorganics.com/ (Raising Natural Kids’ personal link where your purchase helps support the work done on the blog and on this page) You MUST use the coupon code LABORBTS. SECOND, we have a new product – It’s our LICE PREVENTION SPRAY! USDA certified Organic and of course, free of toxic chemicals! (direst link to the lice spray here – it’s so new it doesn’t have its official label yet!) THIRD, any orders placed during our sale will be entered in a drawing that will pick 3 winners to win a Back-to-School Survival Set that includes over $160 in products*:
Vesta all purpose cleaning spray
Clean Clappers hand purifier (4 oz & mini size)
LICE Prevention Shampoo & LICE Prevention Spray
ANTI Lotion Stick
Immune System Boost & Support Essential Oil Blend
Lemon Rosemary Hand Soap
Vapor Rub-a-Dub-Dub
VESTA Air Refresher
Everything Salve
Lip Balm
Immune Booster & Sweet Spicy Bath Bomb
Hard Cider & Fiery Fall Candle Melts
*not valid on previous orders. must use coupon code

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Vaccine Dangers and Coverups as Presented to the U.S. Government

The controversy has been looming for years, while the vaccine makers have been ignoring, covering up and lying about the findings that they have about just how dangerous and widespread the side effects of these vaccines are. The dangers are real. Finally, they are being disclosed and discussed within the government. This is a much watch for anyone on either side of the controversy, as here, before you, presented by a congressman who has declared himself as pro-vaccination, are facts about what has been going on behind the scenes.

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A Husband’s Thank You

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It’s not the link to the article that caught my eye when this post showed up on my newsfeed. I had seen it before and I have been aware for most of my life that main brand shampoos, cosmetics, and such, contain chemicals that I don’t want anywhere near my family. In fact, I started this blog in hopes to educate others about things like this.

What struck me about this post was the comment that the husband of the poster made to his wife. “I am so grateful and admire all the hard work and time you put in researching all the products that are at our disposal for our family. Thank you so much for ensuring that our children are getting the healthiest, most natural products out there. You’re the best mom and one day Joseph and Emma will thank you for giving them the best opportunities in life at such a young age. I thank you now and will always be grateful for your unconditional love. Love you babe.”

Now, I don’t really know this couple, but here’s what I do know.

I know that it isn’t easy to have to research every ingredient of every product that you bring into your home in a society where people are surrounded by companies who are out to make money without much regard to the consequences of the side effects of ingredients used.

I know that raising natural kids takes a lot of work, and that there are many people who think that kids who are raised without a parent who cares much about the ingredients in the food they are eating and in the products used in the home, will grow up just as fine as those raised naturally. Thus, many people raising kids mainstream think us natural parents are a little cuckoo.

I know that in many cases, moms are the ones who sacrifice sleep to stay up and research, to wake to nurse so their children can have the best foundation possible, who have to constantly defend what they know about vaccines, circumcision, co-sleeping, GMOs, (whatever the non-mainstream topic) to their better halves who aren’t always aware about the two sides of all of these issues.

I know that having a supportive partner makes a huge difference in how the children view and believe in the importance of making healthy choices. For instance, if one parent makes a healthy meal and the other parent makes a face or a negative comment, children are much less likely to buy into it. Same goes for products used in the home. If one parent and the children are all using toxic free products while the other parent continues to use his/her mainstream toxic ones, the kids notice and question it.

I know that a supported wife, appreciated for her efforts in raising her children in an environment that promotes their best health and emotional well being, will flourish and exude happiness for which her children will benefit.

Some people will read this and think that I don’t get the other side of it, or that I think that most fathers or significant others aren’t appreciative. Some may claim that I am not considering how much work the father’s do. This is not about that. This is about how a few simple words of appreciation can have a far reach in the lives of that particular mother and those around her, especially when she is going against the grain and facing obstacles that most people are not, in order for her to do what she knows is best for her children.

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“Simply” Orange? I think not. The Truth About Your Orange Juice.

Millions of Americans start their day off with a glass of orange juice with breakfast. Sounds simple enough; technically, orange juice has one ingredient – oranges, right? Right – if you make it yourself (which is really quite simple). BUT if you are buying it, that’s an orange of a different color (sorry, I just couldn’t help myself).

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Take Simply Orange, for example. The name implies that the orange juice inside is made solely from oranges. Sadly, the name of it is completely misleading, which is exactly what Coca-Cola, the company that owns it, wants. Just hearing that Coca-Cola owns it should stop and make you think. They are masters at making the public believe that their brands are perfectly safe, along with whatever else they want you to believe about it.

The truth is that Coca-Cola uses a formula with specific specifications and algorithms based on data about the exact taste and sweetness of an orange that consumers like best, and the juice is made to match. Part of this process involves sucking the oxygen out of the juice after the oranges are freshly picked and squeezed, so that it won’t spoil while it’s sitting in tanks waiting for the next step in its processing. The problem with this is that flavor is lost in the processing and the stripping of the oxygen. In order to make up for the flavor lost, flavor and fragrance companies are hired to formulate chemically processed ones (and there goes your natural orange flavor). These flavor and fragrance companies “engineer flavor packs to add back to the juice to make it taste fresh. Flavor packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil. Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature,” explains Alissa Hamilton, author of Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice.”

In a time when many people are wanting healthier, cleaner foods (minus the added chemicals), it’s getting harder and harder to discern what’s in the food and drinks on the store shelves these days. This is because the food manufacturers have caught on. People want natural, organic and whole foods, so they change their labels to reflect this want. Marketers for these companies play on people’s trust and manipulate their wording to make it seem that they are something that they are not. It’s always frustrating to find that something you think you’ve been doing right isn’t actually so good for you after all.

Here are some tips to help you navigate around the false advertisements and labeling of foods:

  1. Buy whole foods and make your meals and snacks from these whole foods. This way you know exactly what you’re eating (baring that you are using organic foods). For those who don’t know, “whole foods” refers to foods that are closest to their original form as found in nature.
  1. Purchase your whole foods from local farms and farmer’s markets. Right now is the time that these farms and markets are starting back up for the season. In addition to providing fresh fruits and vegetables, many farms and markets also provide access to organic, hormone free meats, poultry, dairy and eggs.
  1. When buying food in the grocery store, get organic there as well. Buying organic insures that your food is free of pesticides and that it is not genetically modified. In the produce section, this means that you want the number on the barcode to be five digits and to start with a 9. Of course, even with this, there are sometimes loopholes, but we do our best with what we can!
  1. Don’t just read the front of a box/container/can/bag of food. Read the ingredient list. If you can’t pronounce something, chances are that it’s not good for you. This includes misleading wording such as natural flavoring and spices. If that natural flavoring is listed in a product that has the USDA certified organic label, it is probably ok, but if it doesn’t, it’s almost always not good for you.
  1. Take a few minutes to learn about what corporations own which food companies. You’d be amazed at just who is controlling what. For instance, Coca-Cola owns 15 different drink companies, including Vitamin Water; Pepsico owns over 32 food, snack, cereal and drink companies, including Quaker Oats. These companies, along with ones owned by P&G, Kraft and Kellogg’s are ones that you can bet have ingredients that they are not being forthright about and/or aren’t ones you want in your food due to side effects related to cancer and other illnesses. Google “who owns organic” and you’ll find quite a surprise as well.
  1. Grow your own! There’s no better way to know what is going into your body than to have grown it seed to mouth. Start with organic, GMO free seeds. When plants are full-grown, save the seeds from some of your crop so that you don’t have to buy seeds next year.
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