Tag Archives: parent-child relations

Possession — 9/10 of the Problem? *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
“This body is mine, cuz it was born on me. Just I get to use it, and no one else. That’s why it’s my body.” That’s the extent of 3…

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The Continuing Adventures of the EP Soccer Family

Well, it feels kind of official now — we’re driving the minivan (Syliva Brown McTague), and we actually have a soccer player in it. The consummate icon of modern parenting — the Soccer Mom — has been somehow grafted onto … Continue reading

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Empathy Schmimpathy… Why Bother?!

There’s a change occurring in the world of parenting today. A gradual shift is taking shape and gliding toward new ways of envisioning and inhabiting the parent-child relationship. The old adages we grew up with — of children being seen … Continue reading

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Mama — if you love me — why don’t you like me? *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
Here’s a question worth considering — What do you think of your child? Here’s a more important one — What does your child think you think of him/her? The…

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F-ing Up the Right Way *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
I am not a perfect parent — just so you know. I do the things I have actually spent time thinking and researching and learning about why not to do them.…

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This Day… 4.14.13

It did actually — somehow both finally and instantly – happen. There we were, watching this girl — this little, brand new baby of a girl, suddenly a 3-foot lightning bolt — racing around a field, with other kids she barely … Continue reading

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Parentisms: Reading You Loud and Clear

“Come in — come in — this is the infant brain — all systems are go and we are reading you loud and clear — copy?” The human brain is a wonder of the cosmos. It regularly performs feats which … Continue reading

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Eyes on the Prize *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
We parents have a ton of goals, don’t we? We have ideals toward which we live for ourselves, how we parent, what we hope for our children. We have…

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Help Me Out — Stop Trying to Fix It *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
As parents, we are almost constantly saddled with various repairs, clean-ups, re-workings, and resettings for our children. In fact, we get so used to being the ones to restore…

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Building an Emotionally Safe Household *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
My highly esteemed partner, Natalie (that’s her, being the human pillow), wrote the article below for Mothering Magazine (before they went paperless…) and it so perfectly encapsulates the sum total…

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Benefit of the Belief *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
As parents, we’re all pretty used to being the ones most “in the know” in the family, right? We’re “the bosses”, “the head honchos”, “the leaders”, “the responsible parties”.…

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Perfection is a Bullsh*t Goal *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
Take it from a lifelong sufferer of his own particular strain of perfection addiction — we’d be better off putting ourselves out of everyone else’s misery (especially our children’s)…

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The Trust Equation *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
Today, I wanted to present you with a simple parenting algebra equation to derive trust. It says that the trust our kids feel in us is directly proportional to…

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The Connection is Magic *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
Everything I talk about on this blog (and I mean everything) aims at, is founded in, and relies on developing and maintaining a powerful bond with our children. The bond…

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The (Very) Bottom Line *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
My esteemed partner/lover/child-tender/magic-maker, Natalie, and I have been talking (as some couples do…) about parenting – and other stuff — for as long as we have been together. It is…

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