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  • Respectful Routines: How (and Why) to Add Routine to Your Sleep-Time Toolkit
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    When baby fights naps

    Like many respectful parents, I started out “baby-led.” That is, I did what my newborn son wanted to do, whenever he wanted to do it. This seemed like the most respectful—and healthiest—way to manage our time. After all, why should my son be on

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  • Picky Eaters Can Be Trusted, Too: How the Division of Responsibility Helped My Son Enjoy Eating
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    Photo by Lars Plougmann, licensed under Creative Commons on Flickr

    Photo by Lars Plougmann, licensed under Creative Commons on Flickr

    As my son grew through babyhood and into toddlerhood, I began learning about a respectful approach to feeding that really resonated with me: Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility (DOR), also championed by Castle & Jacobsen in Fearless Feeding.

    The idea was simple: the parent has certain

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  • 4 Things You May Not Know About Sleep Training
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    “Sleep training”: the phrase evokes an image of a screaming baby—and heated discussions among parents. The gulf between those who find sleep training acceptable and those who don’t is vast. It causes arguments and hurt feelings, and it can also be very confusing for parents

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