Would you like some pictionary with your soup?

May 21, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was published originally on Oct. 25, 2008, and it continues to give timeless inspiration to parents seeking connection at meal time: All this talk about presence has made me re-examine some of the good, and bad, habits my family has fallen into. When I was a new mom, and therefore full […]

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Inviting them in…

December 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 6, 2008, but it’s a great reminder that one way to connect with our children is to let them into our grownup world. Sometimes being present in your child’s life has more to do with inviting them into your life, rather than joining them in theirs. […]

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September 11, 2014

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published August 19, 2008, but it continues to serve as a reminder that there are many ways to connect with our pre-verbal babies, such as sign language. As my son nears 1 1/2 years old, our interactions get more complicated. His needs increase, his desires vary and his need […]

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Bye Bye Mama Milk

July 3, 2009

Last week Otter and I said goodbye to nursing. He was two months past his second birthday. The decision to wean was not made lightly. He had been growing more independent for quite some time, blossoming the way breastfed babies do. Then suddenly he began to regress, demanding more and more milk, becoming less willing […]

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Struggling near the goal line…

April 22, 2009

My son turned two a week ago and is as much an attachment baby as ever, maybe even more so. I love to hold him, and cuddle him, and even sleep with him when he comes into bed in the middle of the night. I am fine with him sitting on my lap during meals […]

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The giving tree…

December 17, 2008

We have developed several holiday practices over the years to try and teach our children the non commercial meanings of Christmas, Yule, and Chanukah. This year, with the economy being shaky and our recent cross country move draining our piggy banks dry, we are trying even harder to focus on family time and experiences instead […]

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November 27, 2008

As we prepare for Thanksgiving this year I am once again astounded at the rush to Christmas that seems to invade the mall, grocery stores, and of course, my children. Shopping for a turkey takes me past an aisle full of ribbon candy, ornaments, and “inexpensive” stuffed toys and board games. Sadly, it also brings […]

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A growing personality…

November 25, 2008

One of my favorite parts of parenthood is watching a growing personality take form and shape. Otter is growing daily into the person he will become. He is trying on attitudes and behaviors, and it is humorous to watch him keep and discard various attitudes. Ever the gooey love baby, he has started handing out […]

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