Development, Gentle, love, respectful parenting, sleep

Our Family Bed

If you had asked me 6 years ago my thoughts on children sleeping in their parents’ bed I would have scoffed and said something like, “my children will be sleeping in their own beds…” And then I would have made or thought some remark about enmeshed families. I’m pretty ashamed of that now. And I’m… Read More Our Family Bed

Development, Education, Gentle, manners, reasonable expectations

Community Chat: SHARING

An interesting post about sharing was posted in the Facebook group not too long ago, and following it was a fantastic conversation on sharing and how some of our members handle this often-tricky topic. This is the shared post, written by Alanya Kolberg: MY CHILD IS NOT REQUIRED TO SHARE WITH YOURS. As soon as… Read More Community Chat: SHARING

Behavior Analysis, Development, Education, Gentle, love, reasonable expectations, Reinforcement, respectful parenting, Uncategorized

How We Avoid Punishing Our Children

I often see comments in gentle parenting boards asking, “If you don’t punish, what do you do?” Or, “There are definitely circumstances where punishments are necessary, right?” As a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), I frequently have to hold back from defining the term ‘punishment’ because I know that’s not exactly what folks mean. I… Read More How We Avoid Punishing Our Children

Development, Gentle, love, punishment, reasonable expectations, respectful parenting, spanking

Please don’t spank your child.

Please don’t spank your child. “But if I don’t spank them, they will grow up to be entitled brats.” Everything you do as a parent will impact your children. Whether you spank or not does not have anything to do with your child growing up to feel entitled. It will, however, impact the way they… Read More Please don’t spank your child.

Development, Gentle, manners, reasonable expectations, respectful parenting

Instead of “Say you’re sorry”

Forcing a child to say sorry is not a good way to encourage authenticity.… Read More Instead of “Say you’re sorry”

Development, Education, Gentle, Montessori, Traditional

Montessori vs. Traditional Education: A Gentle Approach

I first saw this video, when I was learning more and more about the value of a Montessori education.  This was before I had my daughter, and I was becoming more and more passionate about Montessori.  I had been working in a Montessori preschool, and doing in-home evaluations as a school psychologist on the side.… Read More Montessori vs. Traditional Education: A Gentle Approach