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The Importance of Empathizing with Children – Guest Post by Dionna Ford

October 17, 2012

We are delighted to feature a guest post by Dionna Ford of Codename: Mama. Here, she flips perspective from our viewpoint as parents to that of children, as a reminder that what they experience is not the same thing as what we observe.   The Importance of Empathizing with Children by Dionna Ford   Let’s […]

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What’s the Word? Child Communication and Frustration

August 8, 2012

As adults, we’ve all experienced a language barrier at some point or another. You try and try to understand each other, but for some reason, your wires keep crossing. Depending on what the goal was, you may have just given up, politely disappointed, or angrily thrown your hands up in frustration. Now, consider preverbal babies […]

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Crying as Sport?

July 13, 2012

Everyone loves babies. We’re programmed to. It’s biological: A 2008 research study at Baylor showed that the happiness centers in our brains light up when we see a baby smiling at us. Conversely, a 2012 study at Aarhus University showed that a baby’s cry elicits a unique, lightning-fast response in his parents to soothe the […]

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Nighttime Parenting Isn’t Always Pretty

January 16, 2012

My first had always been a good sleeper. We co-slept through about 18 months or so, and when we moved, Little Man jumped right into his big-boy bed and that’s where he wanted to sleep. After I had my second child, we went through a phase where Little Man would wander into my bed in […]

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Riders on the Tantrum Storm (Part 2)

May 27, 2010

In Part 1 of this two part series on tantrums, I talked about the reasons you might want to sometimes “ride out” your child’s tantrums. While it is sometimes therapeutic for kids to simply vent their feelings, more often parents need to work to find the source of the frustration and put a label on […]

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Riders on the Tantrum Storm (Part 1)

May 20, 2010

Our son, Kieran, has been exceptionally tantrumless for the first 29 months of his life. Yes, he has screamed and cried. Once he fell and halfheartedly writhed on the ground. He’s even pulled the limp rag doll trick once or twice – letting his arms go up lifelessly so we almost drop him at the […]

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Respond With Sensitivity Blog Carnival Deadline is April 9

April 4, 2010

The deadline for the next of the 2010 monthly parenting blog carnivals is coming up quickly. If you’re interested in submitting a post on API’s 3rd Principle of Parenting, Respond With Sensitivity, the deadline is Friday, April 9. Here’s an excerpt from API’s 3rd Principle of Parenting: You can build the foundation of trust and […]

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Power No-Struggles

April 7, 2009

Right on schedule, around his second birthday, my son began practicing the word No. I read that kids use no as a way to individuate and to experiment with their personal power. The more attached they are, the more they need to individuate. Well, we were mighty attached because he started saying No frequently. I […]

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