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Love those kids unconditionally

September 25, 2009

Alfie Kohn has a great article in the NYT about unconditional love for one’s children. He covers a lot of current scientific research that backs up his main point: kids need to be loved. Withholding love and affection from a child to compel obedience is, he feels, a cruel but sadly not unusual punishment. This [...]

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Taking back childhood

August 11, 2009

I’ve been reading Taking Back Childhood, by local author Nancy Carlsson-Paige. It’s a lovely guide for the attachment parent who is moving beyond baby care, with clear, specific advice for practicing gentle discipline and clear communication with school age kids. In addition to exploring specific situations as a way of teaching her readers how to [...]

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Saying good-night to nursing

August 4, 2009

Today’s gratitude: I am grateful that for five years, my body has produced abundant, healthy, apparently delicious milk for my kids. I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to nurse them each for the first years of their lives. I’m grateful for the rocker my mother gave me to nurse in, and the nursing clothes [...]

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Princesses

June 18, 2009

What parent has not worried about the impact of Disney’s princess marketing juggernaut on their young kids? It’s ubiquitous, poisonous and almost impossible to avoid. Today, a good friend sent me this link to Fallen Princesses, a photo exhibit by Dina Goldstein. She is, apparently, a mom and a photographer, and these photos are her [...]

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Consumer Reports vs. Attachment Parenting

April 30, 2009

I am a little late to the party in blogging about this, but in case anyone missed it, Consumer Reports took a broad swing at attachment parents this week with an article entitled Five Products Not to Buy For Your Baby. The article asserts that because there are no safety standards or good research studies [...]

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Slow Parenting

April 10, 2009

Lisa Belkin at the NYT has a great column about Slow Parenting. I think this may be my new favorite word to describe what I do as a mom, beating out “attachment parenting” by several miles. As her interlocutor puts it, “Slow parents understand that childrearing should not be a cross between a competitive sport [...]

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Laziest. Mama. Ever.

March 6, 2008

Why do I breastfeed? Too lazy for bottles. Cosleep? Too lazy to put the baby in a crib. Babywearing? Too lazy to carry a stroller around, keep it clean, set t up and break it down, etc…Why is my baby napping in a sling on my chest? Too lazy to take her upstairs and put [...]

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