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  • A Late Start to Respectful Parenting
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    Sometimes (often!) we discover new parenting strategies that resonate with us. Especially when we start respectful parenting later in our children’s lives, it’s easy to wonder if we’ve caused any issues or habits by doing things the old way. In the Facebook group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/430048730397133/

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  • Baby on the Move: What Infants Can Do When We Let Them
    5-19-2014 12-51-30 PM
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    My daughter has been experimenting with moving her body her whole life. At six months old she is not yet crawling, but she has now perfected a move I call the creeping roll.

    This move allows her to move quite rapidly from one side of the room to another, and to retrieve any item she wants to explore

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  • This Toddler Is Capable and Determined
    5-12-2014 1-20-15 PM
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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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  • 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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  • Waiting on Readiness: Sports and Other Things Preschoolers Don’t Need
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    I was an athlete in high school and college. A competitive and aggressive one. You could say that I liked to win, but that wouldn’t really be accurate. I loved to win.

    Having children has mellowed me some, but I know that competitive drive is still inside me because

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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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  • 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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  • It’s Okay, He Can Buy a New Shirt
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    It was hysterical watching my daughter’s three-year-old friend, Billy, waiting for his ice cream. He was literally drooling over the sugary sweet taste that would soon reach his tongue.  His father handed him a spoon.  “Be careful not to spill on your new blue shirt.”

    Billy immediately dove

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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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