August 2008

Tummy Time and Other Trends

August 31, 2008

Trends come and go. It seems to me parenting trends are established when some expert makes or highlights a “new finding ” in regard to infant development, the media picks up on it, and the marketing experts get to work publishing new books and developing new products for parents to buy, to support them in […]

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A Tiny Loss Of Innocence

August 24, 2008

I was a guest at a birthday party yesterday for a little girl who is just turning three years old. As usual, I was interested in observing the children at play. I watched as two little girls chose stuffed animals to be their babies, placed them in toy strollers, and began to stroll their “babies” […]

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Take Care of Yourself

August 15, 2008

  “As much as we want to do for and give to our children, we can’t pour into them when we’re running on empty. Every once in a while, and definitely more often than most of us do, we need to fill our own buckets. This looks different for each of us – walking, exercising, […]

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When Times Are Hard

August 14, 2008

Some days are just hard, and no matter what you do or say, your toddler may not be able to co-operate. Try to remember on those days that your toddler is ‘having a hard time’ not ‘giving you a hard time’, and he needs you in his corner more than ever. It is never wrong […]

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Temper Tantrums

August 11, 2008

Update: The eighth post in a series of ten on effective gentle discipline methods. This was one of my favorite posts to write.            “Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.” -Calvin & Hobbes         We’ve been having thunder storms here for days now. […]

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Praise Not

August 8, 2008

This is one in a series of posts I wrote on gentle, respectful ways to discipline, teach, and interact with young children. Updated 1/23/2012.   Praise not. Or maybe it’s praise selectively… “Let your child’s inner joy be self-motivating. You can smile and express your genuine feelings but should refrain from giving excessive compliments, clapping […]

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Let’s Talk

August 7, 2008

  Update 5/27/2012: This post  is the sixth in a series that I wrote on gentle, effective ways to discipline young children. This one focuses on the importance of talking honestly with toddlers using clear, direct language. Many suggestions are included for how to talk with toddlers in ways that will support them in being […]

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Take a Good Look, and Make Your Environment Work For You

August 5, 2008

  Update: This is the fifth in a ten part series on gentle effective ways to discipline young children. If your child is in childcare, or you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting or participating in a parent/infant class, you may have found yourself wondering how it’s possible that groups of  six or eight young […]

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The Role Of Nourishment, Rest, and Exercise In Toddler Discipline

August 4, 2008

  Update: The fourth in a series of ten posts about gentle, effective ways to guide young children to become self disciplined. A  few words about exercise, rest, and nutrition, and their relationship to discipline.Whole books have been written on each of these topics, and while I don’t have time to write a book today, […]

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It’s All Routine

August 3, 2008

  “On a perfect day in your perfect little world (and it’s always perfect) there is breakfast time, playtime, lunchtime, nap time, snack time, dinnertime, bath time, story time, and bedtime. There is time for everything when you are the timekeeper.” Karen Maezen Miller from Momma Zen, Walking The Crooked Path of Motherhood   Update: […]

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