bartlebyPhysical Health & Safety

  • 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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  • 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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  • Extreme Sportscasting
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    Sportscasting, narrating and  broadcasting are all words used to describe a parenting technique developed by Magda Gerber. Sportscasting is a way of giving a child a broader perspective of what is going on in a given situation.  A chance

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  • Respectful Sleep Learning Part II: My Story
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    Before you read about my experience with the polarizing language commonly used in regard to sleep training and my conditioned fear of infant crying, please take a minute to read Part I of this series, The Real Danger of “CIO”.

    Based on all the “evidence” against

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