Respond with Sensitivity

A sign of affection

January 26, 2015

My beautiful 3 year old, like most I would presume, is a rather emotional breed. Juliette knows not only what she wants but can also quite effectively articulate why she wants it and why we should appease her wishes. Sometimes I joke that she is a lawyer in the making. She is clever, intelligent, determined […]

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Tantrums

January 23, 2015

My 2-year-old son was standing in his bedroom doorway with little sobs, tears rolling down his cheeks. All because he was so tired and it was bedtime, but he wanted to keep playing with his trains. My heart was breaking. He wanted me to take him back downstairs, but I was nursing his half-asleep baby […]

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Lying and trust

January 20, 2015

We catch children hiding the truth from the time they are quite young. It might be a child who has just scribbled on the wall, who says “no” when you ask her if she did it. It might be a child who points to his brother and says, “He did it!” when you ask him […]

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The truth shall not only set you free…

January 7, 2015

It will hopefully save you and make a difference for someone else. As children, we do our best to navigate through this world with the guidance and support of our parents and/or loved ones. As parents, we give all of our love and do our best to nurture and guide our children. It was through my reflection […]

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The dark side of favorites

January 5, 2015

Like many conversations with children, it’s almost innate: “What book is your favorite?” “Which ice cream flavor is your favorite?” “You like Sesame Street? Which character is your favorite?” Harmless, right? It seemed so. But as I watched my daughter integrate the implications of this question, it created a shift in perception that was dark and […]

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Giving thanks through presence and connection

December 22, 2014

I am grateful to be an Attachment Parent. I don’t feel that we need to be labeled in order to define our type of parenting; however, being a part of a community with like-minded parents reminds me that I am not alone. Yes, we are all different. We all choose to parent differently. The families we come […]

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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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Teaching the art of giving

December 17, 2014

I have such fond memories of my childhood Christmases. I remember the emotions and feelings of warmth, love and happiness more so than the bountiful supply of gifts we eagerly unwrapped each year. I want my 3-year-old daughter to have the same kinds of cherished memories that I have stored so lovingly in my heart. […]

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