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  • Those Idealized Facebook Updates? Here’s the Real Scoop from Real Moms
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    You know those Facebook updates:

    The real scoop: it was 10am and my 4-year-old son still hadn’t eaten because “I’m not even hungry”, and he has been wearing the same clothes for three days. Cleaning up the playroom consists of getting a bunch of toys off the floor and

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  • Book Review: It’s OK Not to Share
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    Have you ever found yourself in a group of other parents, playing with your children, and peer pressure alone makes you direct your child to do something, or avoid something? And then you wonder whether that was really the best thing for your child, or if you’re just reacting to the presumed

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  • Memories of a Childhood Outdoors
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    These are the outdoor recollections I hold dear from a childhood spent in Los Angeles. I hope that my preschool-age son Theo will have the same freedom I enjoyed then and there, in his own way. Each of these snapshots from my past–ages of about 6 to 12–still glitters in my memory, because

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  • This Toddler Is Capable and Determined
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    Respectful parent Sue Leong shared this wonderful video with us today.

    In the video, Sue’s 24-month-old daughter “A” works hard to eat with chopsticks. Sue explains that A’s older brother, who is now almost 4, did not receive his first chopsticks until he was 2½ years old

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  • Preparing a Toddler for Mommy and Daddy To Be Away
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    A Respectful Parent writes,

    Hello, I’m new to the RIE community, and I am very keen to educate myself and learn more. I have been searching for some (sane) advice as to how to prepare and care for my 19-month-old son, whom I am leaving with his Dad for 12 days whilst I go to my best friend’s

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  • 3 More Ways to “Parent” Less, and Parent Better
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    This is actually pretty dangerous.

    This is actually pretty dangerous.

    As I described in my prior post, I believe that much of what is typically done in the name of parenting today stifles our children’s autonomy.

    Here are some more hallmarks of mainstream parenting, and what the research suggests you should do instead if you want capable, self-confident kids.

    1. Directing Play

    Why parents do it.

    We

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  • 3 Ways to “Parent” Less, and Parent Better
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    Helicopter Parenting. Most of us have heard the term. We use it to describe the actions of parents who hover next to their children at all times, making sure they are never bored and never get hurt.

    Many of us agree that helicopter parenting makes it difficult for these children to negotiate the

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  • Guest Post: A Story of Hope for the Disrespectful Parent
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    The following story is from guest blogger Kat Geary.

    You might enjoy a story of hope about parents who disrespectfully (and worse) treat their children.

    My next door neighbor has a 22 month old and 4 year old. Even the way she says their NAMES conveys her utter disappointment. She spanks, forces

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  • Dancing in the Park
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    This Labor Day weekend (United States) marked my 19th year as an artist in a local chalk art festival. During the festival, the park is filled with people, vendors, art, and music. I took a couple of hours to tour the festival with my 3-year-old son after I completed my artwork. He took me everywhere

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