Respond with Sensitivity

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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Hygge

December 12, 2014

What an exciting time of the year! The days are getting shorter, and the wish lists are getting longer. My evening walks have been so pleasant as neighbors are putting up twinkling lights that add such cheer to an otherwise gloomy night. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my children’s experience to […]

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Tantrums are opportunies to connect

December 11, 2014

 Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 2, 2008, but offers timely tips to parents of toddlers. Before I became the mother of a toddler, I remember listening to other parents describe their little one’s behavior with the term “terrible twos.” To be honest, I had no idea what kind of behavior was […]

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