elevating child care

RIE Parenting Bliss (A Brief Glimpse)

This two-minute video gem (uncovered by my clever husband Mike) illustrates the immediate benefits of independent play (a cornerstone of RIE parenting) far better than any of the thirty or so articles I’ve posted on the subject.  I’m humbled and thrilled to share this slice of parenting heaven. It’s reminiscent of scenes I often witnessed with my own children when they were small. RIE Bred from Michael...

Parenting Through Disaster (A Letter From Ground Zero, New Zealand)

When new mum Helena agreed to allow me to post her letters here from time to time — share her RIE-inspired parenting journey — I never dreamed she’d be reporting an experience like this one. Helena’s letter speaks for itself, and there is little I can say except that my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Helena and all those suffering…   Hi Janet,  I am not sure if you have heard in your...

What To Do About A Toddler Toy Taker?

She’s bold, bright, a leader – no wallflower this girl. She’s eager to connect with her peers, and a simple hello isn’t enough. She wants their attention. She wants interaction. And, ideally, she wants a reaction.  Naturally, her social skills are a work in progress, and while she’s learning how to engage in play, she’s often misunderstood. Her antics sometimes worry and embarrass her parents and elicit...

Baby Takes A Stand Against Sleep (Advice from Eileen Henry)

Dear Janet, About a month ago my baby started pulling to standing, which is wonderful and exciting. However, about two weeks ago she started standing in her crib immediately after I put her down for sleep. She holds onto the side of the crib and screams and cries. I’m not comfortable letting her cry like this for more than 20 minutes (which feels like an agonizingly long time), and so after giving her this...

A Child’s Cry For Attention

Hi, Janet, a friend turned me on to your blog. I am the mother of 3 children — a son, Trevor, who will be 4 in March, and twin nearly-10-month old daughters Kiley and Morgan. Trevor has had quite a year. From Jan-April 2010, I was on hospital bed rest after Kiley’s water broke at 22 weeks. I came home in late April, and Kiley and Morgan came home in mid-May. Then, in August, we started Trevor at a new...

Coping With A Child’s Illness

Hello Janet, I have a 3 year old daughter (going on 4 in March) named Julia. Two weeks ago, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She was hospitalized for a few days. We are all having a very hard time here at home. The hospital stay was traumatic. Julia was being poked and prodded almost every hour, she cried each time. At one point she cried out, “I never even hurt anyone. Please don’t hurt me....

Please Don’t Take The Babies (Respecting Infant/Toddler Readiness)

Dear Janet, I’m not a parent so my question has a different angle, but I was still hoping for your opinion and advice. I work in a childcare centre where I am the primary caregiver of 5 infants and toddlers varying between the ages of 3 months and 2 years. Our centre plans a trip once a year where all the children on our roll go on an excursion that fits with the current interests of the children (somewhat!). This...

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