Mental Health

Meditation on Motherhood

April 27, 2017

  My girl is adopted.  She is my biological niece, and my daughter. We are four and a half years into our relationship together. I  unexpectedly became her mother at the age of forty nine years old, (after twenty five years of being a professional infant toddler caregiver and educator), under the most unusual and trying of […]

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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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Help! My Daughter Is Out of Control

October 30, 2012

“My daughter is out of control, and I don’t know what to do. She screams and screams, and there’s no way to stop her. There’s no talking with her, no reasoning with her, no bribing her, no distracting her, no consoling her. I’m at my wits’ end. I admit, I often resort to yelling at […]

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Emptying Our Minds in Order to Be More Present With Babies

July 22, 2012

This was a good reminder for me. It’s hard to be present and responsive and enjoy what’s right in front of us if our mind is full of thoughts and worries about other things. I wish I knew who to credit for this drawing, but I don’t. I found it on facebook, and tried to […]

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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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Is “The Happiest Baby On The Block” the Most Oppressed? Why I’m Not a Fan of The “5 S” Method of Calming Crying Babies

May 5, 2012

Is it just possible that the Happiest Baby On The Block is the most oppressed? If a parent responds to a baby’s cries as Doctor Harvey Karp suggests, from her earliest moments, the baby may be getting the message that her cries won’t be tolerated or taken seriously. I know this is absolutely the last message […]

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8 Ways To Go “Commercial Free” and Give Play Back to Babies

February 29, 2012

On February 15, 2012, I had the pleasure of (finally) meeting Susan Linn (and her puppet Audrey), at The Third Place  in Los Altos, California. Susan began her talk, The Case For Make Believe, by sharing a bit about how she came to be “an activist and advocate for the rights and freedoms of children to play and to grow […]

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Babies and Crying: What’s a parent to do?

December 18, 2011

“Crying must be responded to. But how is a more complicated issue. To follow the advice, “do not let your baby cry,” is practically impossible. At times the harder a mother or father tries to stop the baby’s crying, the more anxious everyone becomes.” Magda Gerber   In The Dangers Of “Crying It Out“, published […]

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It IS Possible To Discipline Children Effectively Without Shame- A Very Personal Post

August 28, 2011

One of the things I appreciate about social media is the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful people, and to learn so much from them. One of the ways I connect and learn is through participating in chats on twitter. There are chats on any number of subjects on any given day, and each […]

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Myth Busting- Babies and Depression

May 3, 2011

Today is  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day , so I thought it might be appropriate to do some myth busting around babies and mental health issues: Myth: Infants and Toddlers aren’t at risk for developing mental health problems such as depression. Fact: In February of this year,  the American Psychological Association published research indicating that infants and toddlers […]

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