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Dear Health Visitor, I Must Confess I Lied …

September 18, 2013

Posted by Louise, a mother living the United Kingdom. She blogs at mamabeanblog.blogspot.co.uk. “Health Visitors” in the UK health system are community nurses who provide routine developmental checks, care and support to newborns and their parents, including advice on feeding, sleeping and all aspects of newborn care. Dear Health Visitor, I must confess, I lied. […]

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Have No Fear

August 28, 2013

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali Children do not have this fear. I think it spills over to being a parent, too. I have learned by trial and error to not be afraid. I am not a perfect parent, nor will I ever be. When my son paints, he […]

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Never Stop Holding Hands

April 8, 2013

I remember when my children were newborns, they used to grasp my finger when I laid it in their tiny palms. A tight little grasp that seemed to say, “This is what I need. I want you here with me, and I’m not letting go.” I know it wasn’t cognitive; it was a reflex. A […]

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The End of Extended Breastfeeding

October 10, 2012

In the attachment world, we hear a lot about the importance of breastfeeding. And lots of women breastfeed for an extended period of time. In our culture, more than a year is considered extended breastfeeding. So that’s what we call it. I just considered it breastfeeding. I was nursed until I was 3. My mother […]

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Normalizing Extended Breastfeeding

May 15, 2012

The Momosphere is all atwitter over Time Magazine’s cover story: “Are You Mom Enough?” From its “shocking” cover photo to its provocative title, it’s obvious Time was shooting for “mommy war” controversy (something I work hard to stay away from). If I shy away from controversy, why would I ever agree to the possibility of […]

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The Benefits of Babywearing Your Toddler

September 15, 2011

My daughter, Bella, is almost 22 months. My husband Sam and I still babywear her many times. To some, this might seem a little crazy. She is perfectly able to walk and we own a stroller she loves. She isn’t as easy to carry anymore, and it requires some maneuvering to get her in an […]

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Telling Your Child About Death

July 29, 2011

Just three weeks ago I paced the house, cleaning and straightening. I was nervous about breaking the horrible news that our neighbor and first-grade teacher had died suddenly. My eight-year-old daughter adored this woman and I knew that she would be hurt. Children learn about death from many sources, but they learn about grieving from […]

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Reflections on Our First Year

June 2, 2011

I entered parenthood with a crib and an epidural. I had never heard of attachment parenting, and was pretty sure the family bed was something that could wreck a marriage. As my baby turns one, and my husband and I celebrate our eighth year of marriage, we happily (and a bit nervously) went out for […]

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