Tag Archives: natural drives

Your Kid as Johnny 5 *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
“Need input. Need input. Neeeed iinnnpuut!” Your child is an information and experience Hoover. She was born to devour data. He was created in just such a way as to be…

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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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Fostering the “Why?” (Re-blog)

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
“Previously, on A Beautiful Place of the World,”… I spent some time discussing the heretical idea of reconsidering our parental requests before and after we make them, and the idea of negotiating with…

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Losing “No.” and Finding “Yes!”

I have written directly about a portion of the discourse I want to take up in this post in some detail before, and referred to this notion multiple times. Thus far, however, I have only closely considered the “no” side … Continue reading

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“Stay[ing] Safe”

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
We all want our children to be safe, right? Of course we do. In fact, this simple drive is so much a part of being a parent that most…

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Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
As an additional part to the previous posts on the subject, I wanted to spend a little time discussing how to handle avoiding praise, punishment, and other coercive methods…

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(Back to) the Basics

In Missoula, babies tend to come in batches. Currently we are right in the middle of a year-long pod of new births. As a result, I’ve been seeing lots of really pregnant mothers, and brand new babies lately. And (somewhat … Continue reading

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