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Suzie Blake Features

Serena Morris, Steubenville, Ohio, USA Photo: Suzie Blake A mother’s six tips for balancing breastfeeding with parenting. My journey into breastfeeding was filled with worries and struggles, just like so much else connected with parenting can be. I breastfed my first child for only one month: I was a young college student and went back to school two weeks postpartum. That separation damaged our breastfeeding relationship so badly, I...

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Messes, Mayhem, and Memories—Cooking with Young Children What's Cooking?

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee USA Cooking with young children: making messes, mayhem, and memories. From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. I’m not a gourmet cook by any means, and neither am I in danger of ever being offered my own cooking show, but I do enjoy cooking—especially with someone to keep me...

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All in Good Time Features

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA What would happen if all of your clocks, watches, and other devices that tell you the exact time of day were to disappear? Could you survive? Could you entertain the notion that you might actually be better off without knowing the precise time of day? How you answer that question might be partially based on how many external connections you have during...

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Myself through His Eyes Features

Lisa Hassan Scott, Wales, UK Photo: Megan Soto Why is it easier to complete the sentence, “I’m a terrible mother because…” than to say why we are brilliant mothers? “I know you’d like to play with that pen. It doesn’t seem like he wants to share it. Here’s another pen for you to play with.” It is a joy to witness two mothers sensitively helping...

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Women’s Circles and the Mother-Daughter Relationship. The Heroines Club Features

Melia Keeton-Digby, M.Ed The Heroines Club Bringing the medicine of women’s circles to the mother-daughter relationship Throughout the ages, women from all walks of life, religions, belief systems, and cultures have been gathering in circles to collaborate, discuss, and share feminine wisdom. We do this because, deep in our bones, we know it feels right to support and be supported by a community of other women. On a...

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Comfort Objects and Attachment Parenting Features

Alice Allan, Central Asia Photo: Alexander Simantiri-Coates   Cloth mothers Where do comfort objects fit into attachment parenting? My favorite childhood toy, or to coin the great British psychologist D.W. Winnicott’s phrase, my “transitional object,” was a puffin (actually he still is). He was given to me when I was two and quickly usurped a boss-eyed white bear to which I had previously been attached....

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Communicating with Your Terrific Toddler Features

Pinky McKay, IBCLC, Australia Photos: Christina Simantiri Those sweet months of snuggling your tiny helpless baby in your arms went by in a flash, didn’t they? Now you have a spirited little person who is moving faster than you can keep up, as he explores and discovers how his body works, as he climbs and jumps off whatever he has climbed onto. How far can...

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Time Out Features

Eileen Harrison Photo: Chelsea Vice Is “time out” an effective method for disciplining children? Loving guidance From infancy on, children need loving guidance that reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. Is “time out” a useful discipline tool, which lovingly offers a child guidance that reflects acceptance of his capabilities and sensitivity to his feelings? I have found that it can be, if...

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