Toddler Testing: Problem or Opportunity?

October 8, 2013

“Go slowly and with great patience.” Magda Gerber Emma writes: “I really struggle with a particular issue at meal times with my 11 month old son. He is awesome with washing hands, but pulls away, pulls at the cloth, and tries with all his might to throw it on the floor when I wipe his […]

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RIE From The Start- 2 Simple Things You Can Do to Support Baby

September 19, 2013

“Slow down, and then slow down some more. Indicate, and tell even a child who doesn’t understand verbal communication yet, “I’m going to pick you up.” And then comes my magic word. If people only remember that one word: Wait. Then you wait and the child gives a signal, most likely. It depends on the age. […]

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Trusting Baby To Be A Problem Solver

July 12, 2013

“Trust your baby’s competence: she wants to do things for herself, and she can do things for herself. You also know that your child does need help, but try to provide just that little amount of help that allows the child to take over again. Let her be the initiator and problem solver. We can […]

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RIE Foundations – Coming to Chicago This Summer!

May 13, 2013

Many parents and early childhood educators have contacted me expressing an interest in deepening their understanding and practice of RIE philosophy through participating in formal RIE training. Traditionally, there have been very few opportunities to do so without traveling to Los Angeles, CA., but this is slowly beginning to change as Magda Gerber’s  approach to […]

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Tummy Time Baby’s Way

February 21, 2013

Natural, unassisted gross motor development means waiting for baby to choose tummy time. This is how it happens, or at least how it’s happening here… One day before her 5 month birthday, R. turned onto her tummy all by herself. She was startled and didn’t like it much, and immediately let out a loud wail. After […]

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Take a CALMS Approach to Your Crying Baby

January 13, 2013

  Is The “Happiest Baby On The Block” the Most Oppressed? Why I’m Not A Fan of the “5S” Method Of  Calming Crying Babies, continues to generate a lot of interest and (sometimes) heated discussion, eight months after it was first published.     One of the biggest arguments in favor of Dr. Karp’s “Happiest Baby” […]

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Baby at Play

December 27, 2012

Infants are individuals unto themselves. Artists and creative people, whether they are painters, musicians, writers, architects, designers, or philosophers, have by definition embraced and honed their individuality and express a unique vision to the world. If an infant can begin to spend time gazing at, listening to, and later touching and examining what interests him in […]

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Home at Last!

December 8, 2012

  I am thrilled to announce that R. came home to her family on November 29. 2012. I think she’s as happy to be home as we are to have her here with us. A quote that sums up some of my feelings about our first week together: “If one feels the need of something grand, […]

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What a 4 Month Old Baby Knows

December 8, 2012

Here’s what you need to know and understand about babies, even very young babies. They are competent, alert, paying attention, and learning all the time. Don’t ever doubt it. Experts used to believe (and some still do) that an infant peacefully lying awake in his crib couldn’t possibly be ‘doing’ anything, or at least not […]

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If Attachment Parenting Isn’t Working, Try This…

November 23, 2012

(Note: On November 19, 2012, I shared a link on my facebook page, which resulted in a rich conversation exploring  Attachment Parenting and other alternatives (specifically, the RIE Approach developed by Magda Gerber) that  parents and caregivers might choose to care for their babies and young children. Four days later, the original post continues to […]

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