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Mind In The Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

May 23, 2012

What can we do to keep the fire in our children’s eyes burning brightly? How can families and teachers give children the life skills they need to cope in our multi-tasking, multimedia, modern world? These are the central questions Ellen Galinsky explores in the book Mind In The Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.     […]

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Parenting Is A Journey -Sign Posts to Guide You

April 27, 2012

Janis Keyser, author of Becoming The Parent You Want To Be, opened her talk Parenting Is A Journey by sharing that Laura Davis, who is the  co-author of the book, lobbied hard for titling the book Become The Parent You Want To Be. Janis argued that they couldn’t name the book Become The Parent You Want To […]

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Book Review: “Bringing Up Bebe”

February 7, 2012

Perhaps you’ve heard of former Wall Street Journal reporter Pamela Druckerman’s new memoir, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting? Written in a lively, engaging style, laced with many humorous anecdotes, and well researched, this is not a “how to”, so much as it is Druckerman’s finely observed account of how […]

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Your Baby Is Speaking To You

July 5, 2011

Newborn babies communicate with us from birth, in a language all their own. Their body posture, cries, subtle changes in expression, even the reflexes they are born with, speak volumes, but it can be a little bit hard to “understand” a baby’s way of “speaking” if you haven’t spent a lot of time hanging out […]

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So Many Books, So Little Time

June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: A moment in time. Magda and me, at a used bookstore in Hollywood.

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Listening

August 28, 2010

The following are quotes from Joyce Maynard’s novel Labor Day about what babies know, and what they need, and how we might listen to, and be with them. I found these passages to be inspiring and wise, and wanted to share them here: One thing he would tell me, though, he said, had to do […]

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Recommended Reading

April 1, 2009

I’ve been too busy, tired, and sick as of late, to post much. I REALLY understand that as parents and professionals caring for young children, you have very little free time, and if you’re going to read something, it has to be a quick easy read that is really worth your time and attention, is […]

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Baby Dancing

July 15, 2008

Diana Suskind is a professor at Fitchburg State College in MA,and is the person who introduced me to RIE and to Magda Gerber’s work. She is a wonderful, creative lady and a tireless advocate for RIE. She has literally traveled the world introducing Magda and the RIE philosophy to parents,children, and child care providers. In […]

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Wait

June 9, 2008

Suppose: Imagine you felt accepted and supported just as you are, appreciated for everything you do, celebrated and observed in each new accomplishment and allowed time to explore, try, experiment and experience life without judgment or fear of failure. How would it feel to build a lifetime from this strong foundation? Linda Hinrichs So often parents […]

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Meditation- Slowly, Slowly, Slowly

April 20, 2008

Eric Carle is one of my favorite children’s book authors. Recently S. (who is now two and a half years old) and I checked  ”Slowly Slowly Slowly Said The Sloth”,  out of the library. This book delighted S. and never failed to relax her before nap time as I read it in a very quiet […]

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