elevating child care

RIE Changes Lives – A Student Reflects

Nineteen years ago I began studying with infant specialist Magda Gerber, and my perceptions of babies, parenting and life were permanently altered. Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), the non-profit educational organization Magda founded in 1978, continues to inspire parents and professionals and transform lives through courses offered in the US and abroad. Ingrid Lawrence is one such student, and she has allowed...

Would You Pick Up This Crying Baby?

I know… The mere suggestion that we not pick up a crying baby sounds callous, even criminal to some. No doubt, soothing a crying baby is a healthy instinct that can never be wrong, but since crying is communication — one of the few ways preverbal children can express a wide array of thoughts and feelings -– shouldn’t we first observe and listen, however briefly, so we might discern what our baby is...

If Gentle Discipline Isn’t Working, This Might Be the Reason

If you’re reading here because you’re committed to guiding your child’s behavior without spankings or punishments, I salute you, especially if you were punished as a child and are looking for a better way. Setting limits without punishments works. In fact, it works so beautifully that you’ll find you need to set fewer and fewer limits, especially once the toddler years have passed.  Many of you have sent me...

I Think I’ve Ruined My Child

Dear Janet, I can barely type I’m so upset. I think I’ve ruined my child by being too gentle! He is such a gentle, sweet and loving boy but struggles so much with socializing and in situations where there is an unknown. He lacks confidence, patience and independence, and I’m terrified of how I’ve set him up to struggle in later life. He is three years old and has just started preschool....

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