Tag Archives: parent-child bonding

Out with a Roar

Well it’s that time again, folks! Another week of super-fun has come and gone and I barely have time to pause here now to share with you a Spanish alphabet’s worth of highlights from all the great (and some bitter-sweet) … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Self-Soothing Infant

I can sum up today’s post in one sentence. That wasn’t it though… šŸ˜‰ It’s simply this (and it may sound familiar if you’ve read many of my posts at all): The human brain is bornĀ without the ability to manage … Continue reading

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Friday Family Updates: Happy Hallowdays!

This week we pick up pretty much right where we left off last week. Echo was practicing for her bridging ceremony in Girl Scouts — going from being a Daisy to a Brownie. Here, you can see her lighting candles … Continue reading

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Making Friends… with Oxytocin!

Ā I bet you’ve heard rumors about it already. I bet word has already gotten upwind of you and drifted down to your eyes and ears about the effects of “that ‘love’ brain chemical”. Maybe in your prenatal class, in aĀ prenatal … Continue reading

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The Lost/Last Month (pt 2)

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Ready for a mini photo album? In this and the next post, I am going to be sharing a smattering of the thousand pictures we (and other family members) took during our various epic escapadesĀ last month. Today, I’m going to … Continue reading

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Friend of Foe — Turning Children’s Upsets into Assets for the Family

Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend. — MLK Pretty much every parent I’ve ever met, including myself (yes, I have met myself on a couple of occasions now…), has in one instance or … Continue reading

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Faith: Restored

I gotta admit, folks, I’m a little choked up. And in truth, I’m not sure at all just what I am here to say, but I’m hoping that whatever it is will find it’s way to you as I make … Continue reading

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New Tools and Time Well-Spent

Boy, oh boy, have we been workin’ it lately! I tell you, Natalie and I are on fire… We’ve been wheeling and dealing with coalition builders and program directors and business advisors and concerned teachers and parents from all over, … Continue reading

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Parentisms: Listen UP

It’s a simple skill — listening. Though we can develop nuanced abilities to savor certain qualities in various particular soundscapes, it doesn’t take much to, say, hone in on the words the person in front of you is speaking. Remembering … Continue reading

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Parentisms: Play is for Parents Too! (Re-blog)

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
Today’s post is just a simple reminder. Play is good for our kids developmentally, cognitively, physically, and emotionally. It helps them grow, and assists them in experimenting with and…

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The END of all Tantrums

A tantrum is generally defined as “a violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden display of bad temper”. When you dig deeper, you’ll discover that a so called “bad temper” refers to a “persisting angry mood”. And if we … 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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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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Building an Emotionally Safe Household *

Originally posted on "A Beautiful Place of the World":
My highly esteemed partner, NatalieĀ (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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