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  • Problems With RIE — Debunked
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    Dear-Parent-Caring-for-Infants-With-Respect-Paperback-L9781892560063[1]

    I have written this post in response to a recent article by Tracy Cassels of the site Evolutionary Parenting. Tracy asked for clarification or corrections where necessary and I felt strongly compelled to respond point by point

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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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  • Toddlers are Capable of More Than You Think
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    I am a first time mom to a curious, adventurous 14 month old girl. It seems like every day she tries something different … intent on exploring her world. More times than not, when I watch her attempting a new toddler feat, I have this conversation with myself:

    Worried me: “Oh no, she’s

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  • 12 Reasons Why the RIE Craze Isn’t Crazy
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    Lately RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers, a parenting philosophy and nonprofit educational organization founded by Magda Gerber in 1978, and pronounced

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  • Ten Problems with Attachment Parenting
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    The following is a guest post by Science and Evidence-Based Parenting.

    Attachment Parenting (AP) is the latest parenting craze sweeping across the Western world. It’s most popular among educated women—with advocates such as actress Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the popular TV

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  • Why Respectful Parenting is like Weightlifting
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    It is hard, but extremely fulfilling.

    Respectful parenting takes work. It takes time and commitment, especially if you are coming from a background of dysfunctional parenting that has not worked for your family. It can be difficult letting go of your old techniques and stepping

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  • A Psychologist, A Toddler, and RIE: Part 1
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    I have a confession: I’m a psychologist and I have anxiety. Not your garden variety, everyday anxiety but your “I feel like I’m about to jump out of my skin” kind. I worry about anything and everything and not only do I worry but I feel it – my heart races, my leg shakes, I can’t sit still

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  • What “Finding Nemo” Can Teach Us about Respectful Parenting
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    Spoiler alert: this article shares a lot of the dialog and plot points of the movie Finding Nemo.

    Yesterday I drove our little family to the coast and back, and during the drive my three-year-old son watched Finding Nemo twice. Adding this up with the many other occasions I’ve watched

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