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Natural Wellbeing

Blog posts in this category include self-care strategies, home remedies, recipes, and articles about health and wellness, all with a focus on families. Here, we highlight the importance of outdoor recreation as it relates to parenting. This is a common theme in our documentary feature film, Wild Family.

I Am Yoga - Children's Book, on Wild Family TV

Wildflowers and Whippoorwills

By | Natural Wellbeing | No Comments

Haunting and Heavenly

Here in the Austin area, it’s the season for wildflowers and whippoorwills. By the roadsides and in the countryside we see gorgeous green fields full of flowers. The blossoms most abundant right now are called firewheels, Indian blankets, or sundance flowers. They’re the ones with red centers and yellow edges.

In the nighttime, we hear the song of the whippoorwill bird. One night this week, we recorded some whippoorwill calls. A single bird sang repeatedly, a thousand times throughout the night. The whippoorwill appears in numerous legends. In American folklore, the singing of this bird is a death omen. It is said that the whippoorwill can sense a soul departing, and can capture it as it flees. Here, have a listen:

Homeschool Trance Dance - Wild Family Photo

Homeschool Day #1

By | Family Story, Natural Wellbeing, Parenting Styles, The Guide Inside | No Comments

Our family’s first day of homeschool began with a sharing circle. Kat introduced the school, the structure, and the intention. Our mission is this: Co-create a school in which we all learn and grow together as a family. During this exercise, Daniel shared a dream, Rosalie spoke of nightmares, and I spoke of some feelings of sadness. Kat encouraged us all to be real with our feelings as we continue moving forward. We all agreed on our first topic of study: the dolphin. Read More

Austin backyard with Gabriel Lindsay, on the Wild Family TV show

Chudakarana – A Child’s First Haircut Ceremony

By | Family Story, Natural Wellbeing, Parenting Styles, The Guide Inside | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, our 2-year-old son’s hair was shaggy to the point of falling in his eyes and ​tangling in dreadlocks​​ in the back. ​We had been discussing a ceremonial haircut for some time, thinking it might help him to release some of his emotional baggage. So, on the last full moon, we hosted a special haircutting ceremony ​for Gabriel. Read More

Family Sharing Circle 360-Degree Video - Wild Family Photo

Love Is

By | Artistic Expression, Community Connection, Family Story, Natural Wellbeing, The Guide Inside | No Comments

Right on time for Valentine’s Day, the 15th episode of Wild Family TV is called “Love Is.” Here we explore the meaning of love, as it relates to parenting, partnership, and personhood. This show touches on multiple aspects of love: devotion, belonging, connection, kinship, kindness…

Click Here or press the play button above to view the video. Click-and-drag any area on the 360-degree video screen to interact with what you see. Choose 4K quality for optimal viewing. Read More

Boy with a Bubble Machine - Wild Family Photo

Be The Love You’re Looking For

By | Community Connection, Family Story, Natural Wellbeing | One Comment

by Kat Lindsay

When I first moved to Austin in 2009 I was a single mom of a 5-month-old son. My good friend Julie had invited me to move in with her, to help me raise Daniel. You know how it is as a new mom. You don’t really know what you’re getting into by having a baby. And depending on the day, you can be drowning in an ocean of unknowns–hormones, late nights, early mornings, diapers, spit up and this new life I didn’t recognize as my own.

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Wild Family Filmmakers: Cabe, Kat, Gabriel, Daniel, and Rosalie

“Best of Season One!” – Wild Family TV Show #13

By | Artistic Expression, Camera Work, Family Story, Natural Wellbeing, Wild Family Film | No Comments

The “Best of Season One!” highlights our favorite video creations from the first year of Wild Family TV. Memorable moments include a documentary short film about life and the afterlife, a stop-motion animated short film about a wild goose chase, video interviews featuring some of the raddest families on the planet, plus our popular “Liquid Gold Ghee” recipe demo in Kat’s Kitchen.

Click Here or press the play button above to view the video. Choose HD quality for optimal viewing. Read More

Wild Family mom and kids at home

When Life With Littles Gets Totally Gross

By | Artistic Expression, Family Story, Natural Wellbeing | No Comments

In the past 5 months our family has dealt with: pinworms, lice, maggots, ant-infestation, and cloth diaper blow-outs, to name a few.

Most of the time. A lot of the time, our life with little people is magical, mysterious, challenging yes, but still full of enough wonder to keep our spirits high. And then there are times when the material-ness of life hits us full force. Like in-your-face gross. I have to give Cabe and me a huge high-five for handling all this disgusting real-life stuff with grace and humor. There are definitely times when I’ve had to straight-up swallow down the acid rising in my throat (maggots were by far the worst). Read More

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