elevating child care

The Evolution of a Diaper Change

Thank goodness for those occasional, special moments of deep connection and elation that punctuate our daily lives with children, because without these “bonuses,” parenting can be tedious, monotonous, and just plain hard. We may not remember these experiences as the years pass, but our hearts will. They were our much-needed proof that we were bonding. It was working. Our efforts were actually paying off despite...

The Parent I Might Have Been

Just listen to your instincts… Don’t over think and overcomplicate… Every child is different… I often hear these reasons for not embracing a particular parenting approach, and I generally agree. Yet it is hard for me to imagine raising my three children without the gift of clarity I received twenty years ago from infant specialist Magda Gerber. Gerber’s methods didn’t come to me naturally, yet they felt...

3 Stories That Could Change the Way You Parent

“Out with the old, in with the new.” It sounds so easy, but letting go of familiar habits and embracing the unknown can take courage, as well as humility.  Personally, the ‘self-critical moment’ inherent in most positive change – that point where we must concede that we may have been doing it wrong — is one I’d rather skip. Parenting is a particularly sensitive subject for many of us, so when...

Need Your Child’s Cooperation? Try This…

My first sing-a-long (to the tune of “My Favorite Things”): Wiping wet noses and nails that need clipping Changing soiled diapers and medicine sipping Sitting in car seats, injections that sting These are a few of my favorite things… …Said no child, ever. And since children are inclined to resist these activities, parents tend to dread them. So, in our haste to get the job done, we rush our babies...

The Surprisingly Positive Results of Respectful Parenting – 5 RIE Baby Basics

“We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.”                                                                 – Magda Gerber There are parents who believe children should earn our respect by respecting us first, but these parents...

Don’t Waste an Opportunity to Connect With Your Kids

I have a keen interest in every aspect of child care, but the advice I share is focused on one goal: Building healthy relationships with our kids. There’s a lot riding on this. The quality of our connection will dictate whether teaching our children appropriate behavior is simple and successful, or whether it is confusing, discouraging and ineffective. It will decide whether our children feel secure and retain the...

Parenting Against The Grain – One Family’s Personal Struggle and Triumph

Although awareness of infant specialist Magda Gerber’s “babies are whole people” approach is increasing, many of her recommended child care practices are still considered unconventional. Parents and professionals who embrace Gerber’s vision of respectful infant care often feel alone in their views. And without the support of family, friends or associates (sometimes even the family doctor), the already...

Watch Your Potty Mouth

Memories of my dad losing his temper are surprisingly endearing. “Nuts, nuts, NUTS!” he’d growl. You know he wanted to say a bunch of other things.  These mini explosions were usually because one of his four daughters borrowed something and “forgot” to return it…again (and now I feel his pain). I hated knowing Dad was upset, especially when I was the culprit, but looking back I’m touched by his effort...

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