elevating child care

The Gift of a Child’s Uncomfortable Question (Guest Post by Rachel Macy Stafford)

As an imperfect person and parent who makes mistakes on a daily basis, I gravitate toward parenting educators who share wisdom and experience in loving and encouraging ways. I’ll never forget when I stumbled on Janet Lansbury’s site one night. I began soaking up everything she had to offer about understanding and connecting with children. Over time, Janet’s perspective and techniques enabled me to become a...

When Your Toddler is Stalling

Some of the fondest memories I have from my oldest daughter’s toddler years are the almost daily visits we’d make to our neighbor’s vegetable garden a short distance from our home. As we’d meander down the road, my tiny tour director would guide us to stop along the way and smell jasmine, pick up rocks and leaves, notice shadows, listen to birds, savor a taste of honeysuckle. After several minutes, we’d...

RIE Parenting Basics (9 Ways to Put Respect into Action)

In recent weeks, several readers have asked me to write a post they can share with family and friends to explain Magda Gerber’s RIE basics. Admittedly, ‘simple’ and ‘succinct’ aren’t my specialty, evidenced by the hundreds of 1000+ word blog posts I’ve written, all conceived to be under 700 words. With that caveat, I will give it a try. (Feel free to skip to the bullet points at any time.) RIE...

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