elevating child care

The Mommy Mind Meld (Guest Post by Marcy Axness, Part 2)

Through all my struggles with mothering, I never stopped striving — for insight, for healing, for wholeness. And that changed everything, and I believe it is why my son and daughter have both flourished into their early adulthood. What does this miraculous striving look like day to day? Presence. Mindfulness. Renouncing multi-tasking in favor of uni-tasking. Being fully engaged with all of you in whatever...

Turbo-Charge Your Infant’s Brain Development With The Mommy Mind Meld (Guest Post by Marcy Axness, PhD)

“It was my four years of RIE classes (two with each of my two children) that set me on the path culminating in what I’m writing you about today. I’m struck by the deep similarities in our stories.” This was my introduction to Marcy Axness, Ph.D., a professor of prenatal development, “parents-in-progress” coach and popular international speaker who trains childcare, adoption, education and mental health...

The Key To Nurturing Patience And Focus

Parents often ask me how to get their children to focus, but that’s not our job, nor is it necessary.  Our responsibility is to provide open-ended opportunities for kids to choose what they wish to focus on.  When children practice focusing of their own volition, beginning as babies, they eventually learn to tune in and stay “on task”, even when what they’re doing isn’t especially exciting to them. In...

Calming Your Clingy Child

It’s good to feel needed, but when we become parents, we realize we never knew “needy”.  As Magda Gerber aptly noted, parenting brings with it a “feeling of un-freeness”, whether we’re in the presence of our children or not. Toward the end of the first year of life (when children become more aware of the separation between themselves and their parents) and periodically throughout the early years, we...

Sitting Babies Up – The Downside

Conventional wisdom might call it blog suicide to suggest negatives about a practice that probably 90% of parents do with their babies (n.b. – a very unscientific survey). Is it really worth the grief to get into it? After struggling with this for a while now, my passion for natural gross motor development won out.  So, I sincerely hope that you’ll read the following with an open mind (or stop now). My...

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