elevating child care

7 Parenting Secrets That Change Lives

“Distracting and redirecting did not fool him.  Time outs and rewards did not motivate him.”  This is the story of a bright, spirited toddler with exceptionally loving parents who felt their family “spiraling out of control.” But all they really needed were some simple tools to help them understand how to communicate with their son as a whole person and set limits with respect. Here are the practices that...

My Child Is Not Okay

Encouraging kids to express their feelings would seem to be one of the simpler aspects of parenting, yes? Far from it.  Our children’s tears and tantrums are messy, embarrassing and extremely challenging to listen to without being reactive. Discomfort with displays of emotion is embedded in our psyches, perhaps stemming from primitive times when crying children attracted wild animals that might devour the family....

How To Work At Home With Your Baby

Hello Janet, My name is Chris, and I have been devouring the content on your website during the past two weeks. It has been a tremendous blessing as I seek to help my 12-month old daughter grow to her fullest potential through independent play. I’m thankful to say that she’s taken to it extremely well and seems to be happy and growing. I do have a question, however. I’m a SAWAD...

Before Babies Smile

“Oh, look, he’s walking! He’s a little person now!” We’ve all heard these comments about infants and toddlers and have probably made them ourselves. So, that begs the question: at what age do babies morph into little people? It’s admittedly hard to believe that a tiny newborn is a fully aware, whole person. Could a brand new baby, only able to communicate by crying and eye contact, be as “present” as...

Trust Your Baby…It Works (A Note From My Daughter)

Raising babies with trust and respect can be scary. As “right” as Magda Gerber’s approach always felt to me, I had moments of doubt in the beginning. Is it really enough to let babies and toddlers develop skills naturally and independently without our nudging? Is it truly okay for young children to self-direct their play and learning, and then continue to choose their extra-curricular activities as they grow?...

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