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Natalie Christensen
Mama/stepmama of three, co-creator of Feeleez, writer, and artist.
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Welcome to TalkFeeleez A Blog Archive Here is a link to the Feeleez homepage. SHOP here! To schedule a parenting consult with the Feeleez Team email us [email protected] Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Talk Feeleez
This rug is the place to be these days. Kids, cats, and Littlest Pet Shop figurines convene here for hours. Yesterday the girls were hunkered down, speaking sister language about the characters in their games - what their names are, where they live, how many babies they have. In general... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Talk Feeleez
Sweeping, packing, scrubbing, organizing. These are the actions necessary if you want to live in two places. We swung into the New Year with our sights on Santa Cruz. What stands between our snowy home in Missoula and our sunny home there is a project of epic proportions. Have you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Talk Feeleez
Hi Rachel! So far it's felt pretty darn good. It is a weird world but I've decided to embrace it as an entry point to an audience - a place to hang art. And each blog post doesn't have to be perfect, or fit a business model (ACK!), or even be worthwhile to any one particular person. I can consider it a sketch in my sketchbook, or a piece of pleasing Fairy Food, because if it is true it helps someone (even if it's only me) and is worthy of being out in the world. At least that's my current perspective. It's a comfy one so here's to hoping it sticks around!
1. There is no need to wear a bra. Sorry family relatives, maybe this is too much information, but seriously. By the time one actually leaves the house any initial wardrobe choices are buried SO FAR beneath a million other clothing layers that it really makes no difference at all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
So... my kids don't fight anymore. Well.. maybe it's more accurate to say that my kids don't fight nearly as much. Okay... maybe I mean to say that I no longer want to throw myself from the top of the nearest mountain due to the constant torture, torment, and anxiety... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
Hi Kristin! Echo does not seem to have the same social needs as Lea. She has Girl Scout events a few times a month, soccer, homeschool art class once a week, and maybe one playdate a week with our dear friends and neighbors, and that's it. She is super content to carry out her own plans every day and seems to really need a ton of time reading, playing imaginary scenarios alone, and listening to audio-stories. I'm thankful for being compatible in this way - I can't handle too much running around. We have other struggles re homeschool but the social angle isn't one of them. And you're totally right, you, me, and everyone else is "just doing the best we can". Thanks for the words and the welcome!
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2014 on Well, hello at Talk Feeleez
Hi Vanessa! A remedy is a great idea. I think homeopathy can cure anything under the sun. xo
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2014 on Well, hello at Talk Feeleez
It's been so long since I've written I almost forgot my login password. Now that I want to write again I feel like it's only fair to explain why I haven't wanted to write. Do you care? I don't know. There isn't a concrete reason, more a medley, a soup... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
So this is happening these days. We got some chicks on Echo's birthday. I had forgotten how downright cute little chicks can be. So sleepy! So earnest in their pecking! So weak and vulnerable! So loud! We have them in our mudroom where sometimes the peeping gets so big and... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
A page from our book "Some Monsters" which is still looking for a home at a publishing house. In our children's book Some Monsters, one of the tricks for battling monster fears is to keep a flashlight handy and shine it into the dark corners every now and then. I... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
I'm doing the want and gratitude two-step. Do you know it? It's the one where you sashay to the right with yearning desires, then shake your head and sashay two steps left with deep gratitude. Want and praise, yearn and thank. Sometimes it's a push/pull - Push: "Oh I want... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
Holy shit guys. I don't even know where to start. I feel like I've been on a meditation retreat. Away. Silent. Breathing. Except it's a retreat with every single family member (except my sister). Except no meditation has occurred save the meditation of wisteria blossoms and redwood seeds, the meditation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
Our workshop will be in Oakland April 5th PLACE for Sustainable Living 1121 64th Street Oakland,CA 94608 1pm - 330pm $30, or $40 per parenting team sliding scale available upon request link to PLACE webpage and more info Our workshop will be in Santa Cruz April 6th 2103 N Pacific... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
Oh I wish that too! As for your situation I think your approach is perfect. If your son is ever bothered by the comments or reactions of others you can certainly give him lots of empathy for his emotions and then when he is ready give him neutral information about the situation. "You don't like it that people think you are a girl? Ya. That's hard. You want to be seen for who you are. I can understand that. Even though men and boys all over the world wear dresses, in this culture where we live, many people still think of dresses as something only girls wear. So when they see you in a dress they just automatically assume you are a girl too, without looking more closely or finding out for sure." In this way he has the information and can make his own choices (still) about what he wears.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2014 on The Best Way to Love a Girl at Talk Feeleez
We are like a rock band now, making our way from city to city, partying hard, sleeping little, rousing crowds into wild fury. Just kidding. Our scene could not be more wholesome. We assemble ourselves in front of a crowd of well-meaning, totally loving parents and educators and share with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
Yeah, you guessed it, there has been a lot going on around here. Fun going on. Lots and lots of serious melt my heart, best days ever, sigh with complete happiness, fun. Last night I walked with my three favorite families to frozen yogurt. My childhood neighborhood path, my dearest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
Just now, after dinner, my Dad popped his head in to hang out and give the girls a yo-yo. (I'm smiling) While he was here Echo hit him up for some bedtime stories. He of course said yes and regaled the girls with yo-yo tricks while they brushed their teeth.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
It's a cold rainy day in Santa Cruz today. 46 degrees. The community is rejoicing that the blessed winter showers have finally come to this dry land after months and months and (too many) months of summer-like weather. Rain in the context of drought is a celebration. When I look... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Talk Feeleez
You're definitely not alone Jennifer! Thanks for the encouragement. You give me strength to be vulnerable and honest. And yes, that horse! Slays me. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on Holding at Talk Feeleez
Oh, I'm so glad Lauren. xoxo
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on Holding at Talk Feeleez
I agree. We think that by paying credence we'll make things bigger and worse. And feelings do get bigger with empathy, but they get big and POP! Sometimes we'll purposely juice up our girls so that they can just get it all out and be done with it, free of old emotions.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on Holding at Talk Feeleez
Yep. She's the best. xoxo
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on Mondays at Talk Feeleez
Yep, we're here! I do think that Santa Cruz folks have a certain way about them that other Santa Cruz-ans can identify. Even through words on the internet! Thanks for the warm welcome!
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on Holy Shitballs at Talk Feeleez
Thanks everyone! It feels so awesome to share this with you. I can feel your love.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on Holy Shitballs at Talk Feeleez