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  • Amanda Peddle-her passion is to make us able to understand and accept rather than be fearful of FEELING. 
VISIT OUR WEBSITE (sparkearlyyears.co.uk) and CLICK on the webinar button - top right! 
#EYFS #earlychildhood #school #sparkearlyyears #tamsjourney #wellbeing http://www.sparkearlyyears.co.uk/sparkwebinars
  • Amanda Peddle-her passion is to make us able to understand and accept rather than be fearful of FEELING.
    VISIT OUR WEBSITE (sparkearlyyears.co.uk) and CLICK on the webinar button - top right!
    #EYFS #earlychildhood #school #sparkearlyyears #tamsjourney #wellbeing http://www.sparkearlyyears.co.uk/sparkwebinars

  •  0  0  24 January, 2020
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
I have been going gluten free and it's really hard when I used to have a lot of gluten. I was feeling really tired and my friend recommended I try it because she noticed a huge boost in her energy when she cut gluten out of her diet.
So I tried on and off over a few months and the difference is really amazing- now I'm just regular parent tired instead of exhausted. 😂😂
So I made these peanut butter cookies, just 3 ingredients: peanut butter, sugar, and an egg. They are so delicious.
Do any of you have gluten sensitivity? Can you recommend some good recipe sources?
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
    I have been going gluten free and it's really hard when I used to have a lot of gluten. I was feeling really tired and my friend recommended I try it because she noticed a huge boost in her energy when she cut gluten out of her diet.
    So I tried on and off over a few months and the difference is really amazing- now I'm just regular parent tired instead of exhausted. 😂😂
    So I made these peanut butter cookies, just 3 ingredients: peanut butter, sugar, and an egg. They are so delicious.
    Do any of you have gluten sensitivity? Can you recommend some good recipe sources?

  •  9  6  24 January, 2020
  • Read Practitioner @msmeghannhenderson’s perspective on childhood depression in our latest article. Link in our bio.⠀
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Meghann's Profile: https://thechildtherapylist.com/listing/meghann-henderson/⠀
Meghann's Websites: ⠀
https://www.childtherapyhalton.com⠀
https://pryorlinder.com/
  • Read Practitioner @msmeghannhenderson’s perspective on childhood depression in our latest article. Link in our bio.⠀

    Meghann's Profile: https://thechildtherapylist.com/listing/meghann-henderson/⠀
    Meghann's Websites: ⠀
    https://www.childtherapyhalton.com⠀
    https://pryorlinder.com/

  •  1  1  24 January, 2020
  • The items you’ll find in a Montessori community environment are designed to assist in the development of specific skills. Manipulatable materials are materials that strengthen the child’s pincer grasp, indirectly prepare them for writing, build one-to-one correspondence, establish the fundamentals of pattern recognition, and are an early introduction to math. They are also a lot of FUN!

Through play, certain skills are isolated. Through experiences with these materials, the child’s skills are strengthened. 
One of the great things about the manipulatable materials is that they require exactitude and are self-correcting.  The child can practice using them without needing an adult to correct or “show” them what to do. They’ll learn problem solving skills by working independently. 
The material shown above is called a Peg Box and it is just one of the many manipulatable materials!
  • The items you’ll find in a Montessori community environment are designed to assist in the development of specific skills. Manipulatable materials are materials that strengthen the child’s pincer grasp, indirectly prepare them for writing, build one-to-one correspondence, establish the fundamentals of pattern recognition, and are an early introduction to math. They are also a lot of FUN!

    Through play, certain skills are isolated. Through experiences with these materials, the child’s skills are strengthened.
    One of the great things about the manipulatable materials is that they require exactitude and are self-correcting. The child can practice using them without needing an adult to correct or “show” them what to do. They’ll learn problem solving skills by working independently.
    The material shown above is called a Peg Box and it is just one of the many manipulatable materials!

  •  2  1  24 January, 2020
  • ✨Do you believe in MAGIC?!✨
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Anyone else have a child who is OBSESSED with unicorns?? 🙋‍♀️ My Penelope has a stuffed unicorn “lovey” that, to be quite honest, is pretty gross. 😬 She carries that thing EVERYWHERE! •
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My Unicorn Mini Kits have been given a little facelift, and I just adore their new look! Go get one for the unicorn lover in your life! 🦄
  • ✨Do you believe in MAGIC?!✨



    Anyone else have a child who is OBSESSED with unicorns?? 🙋‍♀️ My Penelope has a stuffed unicorn “lovey” that, to be quite honest, is pretty gross. 😬 She carries that thing EVERYWHERE! •


    My Unicorn Mini Kits have been given a little facelift, and I just adore their new look! Go get one for the unicorn lover in your life! 🦄

  •  10  2  24 January, 2020
  • I LOVE my scholars! 😁❤️
  • I LOVE my scholars! 😁❤️

  •  3  2  24 January, 2020
  • Just hanging out waiting for the weekend 😆
  • Just hanging out waiting for the weekend 😆

  •  10  2  24 January, 2020
  • Time to rhyme! Our friends are building their phonological awareness and pre-literacy skills this morning matching rhyming words. 🐻 🍐
  • Time to rhyme! Our friends are building their phonological awareness and pre-literacy skills this morning matching rhyming words. 🐻 🍐

  •  3  1  24 January, 2020
  • In true me fashion, I've been digging into learning everything I can about pregnancy, childbirth, and first year development in preparation for the little boy's debut. If I were going to do it all over again and go to college for something other than English, it would be early childhood development. Looking back it's like duh, that's something I've always been interested in, but I didn't really even know that was an area of study until I met people doing it in grad school. Anyway, I've finished the Mayo Clinic Guide, I'm almost done with What to Expect, I have Ina May up next, and Waiting for Birdy as some lighter reading. Mamas and papas, what are your favorite books, audiobooks, podcasts, blogs, websites, resources for pregnancy, childbirth, childhood development, parenting...share your faves please!

#parentingadvice #bookrecommendations #helpme #earlychildhood #advicewanted
  • In true me fashion, I've been digging into learning everything I can about pregnancy, childbirth, and first year development in preparation for the little boy's debut. If I were going to do it all over again and go to college for something other than English, it would be early childhood development. Looking back it's like duh, that's something I've always been interested in, but I didn't really even know that was an area of study until I met people doing it in grad school. Anyway, I've finished the Mayo Clinic Guide, I'm almost done with What to Expect, I have Ina May up next, and Waiting for Birdy as some lighter reading. Mamas and papas, what are your favorite books, audiobooks, podcasts, blogs, websites, resources for pregnancy, childbirth, childhood development, parenting...share your faves please!

    #parentingadvice #bookrecommendations #helpme #earlychildhood #advicewanted

  •  2  1  24 January, 2020
  • When Benjamin was 18 months old and still not speaking, his pediatrician recommended that the family get some help from Kids Who Count. After some testing it became obvious that Benjamin needed help. He immediately started working with Linda, where he and his family learned how to communicate in ways that he could understand. Now Benjamin is 3 and his improvement has been amazing.
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“He speaks in full sentences, communicates fairly well, knows his numbers, letter and colors and now attends a preschool where he interacts with other children and the teacher,” his mom reports.
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The whole family feels so much more confident in moving forward and continuing to help Benjamin develop and learn as gets older. Their experiences working with Kids Who Count has helped this family learn new ways to help their children thrive, in fact his littler sister is now in the program too.
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“I’m glad to know that there is help when we need it. I think it’s so much better to work with them now, when they’re little instead of getting them to kindergarten or first grade and realizing that there is a huge gap.”
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We’re so happy to have been able to help this family!
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If you have concerns about your child’s development, don’t wait to get help. Call us at 801.423.3000 or go to https://kidswhocount.org/ Early intervention services may begin at any time between birth and age three; however, when early intervention is needed, the earlier it is provided, the better the outcome for both the child and the family.

#kidswhocount #earlyintervention #earlyinterventionworks #speechtherapy #kidscantwait #earlychildhoodeducation #birthtothree #earlychildhood #utahcounty
  • When Benjamin was 18 months old and still not speaking, his pediatrician recommended that the family get some help from Kids Who Count. After some testing it became obvious that Benjamin needed help. He immediately started working with Linda, where he and his family learned how to communicate in ways that he could understand. Now Benjamin is 3 and his improvement has been amazing.
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    “He speaks in full sentences, communicates fairly well, knows his numbers, letter and colors and now attends a preschool where he interacts with other children and the teacher,” his mom reports.
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    The whole family feels so much more confident in moving forward and continuing to help Benjamin develop and learn as gets older. Their experiences working with Kids Who Count has helped this family learn new ways to help their children thrive, in fact his littler sister is now in the program too.
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    “I’m glad to know that there is help when we need it. I think it’s so much better to work with them now, when they’re little instead of getting them to kindergarten or first grade and realizing that there is a huge gap.”
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    We’re so happy to have been able to help this family!
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    If you have concerns about your child’s development, don’t wait to get help. Call us at 801.423.3000 or go to https://kidswhocount.org/ Early intervention services may begin at any time between birth and age three; however, when early intervention is needed, the earlier it is provided, the better the outcome for both the child and the family.

    #kidswhocount #earlyintervention #earlyinterventionworks #speechtherapy #kidscantwait #earlychildhoodeducation #birthtothree #earlychildhood #utahcounty

  •  9  0  24 January, 2020
  • Excited to see you today! Here’s a sneak peak oh our space refresh...come and play to see the rest!! 10-2p ✨
  • Excited to see you today! Here’s a sneak peak oh our space refresh...come and play to see the rest!! 10-2p ✨

  •  5  1  24 January, 2020
  • Those sibling relationships are priceless... even if personal space doesn’t quite exist. 😜💕
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If you saw my stories this morning, you got to see my daughter doing what she does best- being a great big sister!
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Don’t forget that older children can play a great role in building language skills with younger siblings!
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Give them a chance to act responsibly with their baby brother or sister by: helping make a bottle, helping change a diaper, singing a song when the baby is upset, reading with the baby, etc.
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These are perfect ways to foster independence and pride in the older child, while building a connection between siblings AND providing a language model to the younger sibling!
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As Mamas, we are so quick to jump in to do things for our littles... but when they have the opportunity to do small things they are capable of, especially for their younger siblings... it benefits all parties so much!
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Not to mention- it might buy you 5 minutes to go to the bathroom, get dressed or brush your teeth... which we all know is hard to come by these days. 😜
  • Those sibling relationships are priceless... even if personal space doesn’t quite exist. 😜💕
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    If you saw my stories this morning, you got to see my daughter doing what she does best- being a great big sister!
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    Don’t forget that older children can play a great role in building language skills with younger siblings!
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    Give them a chance to act responsibly with their baby brother or sister by: helping make a bottle, helping change a diaper, singing a song when the baby is upset, reading with the baby, etc.
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    These are perfect ways to foster independence and pride in the older child, while building a connection between siblings AND providing a language model to the younger sibling!
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    As Mamas, we are so quick to jump in to do things for our littles... but when they have the opportunity to do small things they are capable of, especially for their younger siblings... it benefits all parties so much!
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    Not to mention- it might buy you 5 minutes to go to the bathroom, get dressed or brush your teeth... which we all know is hard to come by these days. 😜

  •  17  4  24 January, 2020
  • When a daily routine is predictable, children thrive. They build memory, feel less anxious and form strong bonds with the adults that care for them.
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The key phrase here is “opportunity to practice”. If your child is working on crawling, make sure they have plenty of floor time. If they are beginning to babble and vocalize, make sure they are getting lots of language stimulation by reading with them, talking to them and taking them places. If they are working on their fine motor skills, make sure they have objects of a variety of shapes & sizes to practice holding. Intentionally setting up their environment for learning is one of the best things you can do!
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PLUS I’m finding the more floor time I give my 8.5 month old to practice his new crawling skills, the shorter the midnight parties crawling around his crib are 😂
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What new skills is your child currently working on mastering? I’d love to help think of how to create these “opportunities” for your little one!💙
  • When a daily routine is predictable, children thrive. They build memory, feel less anxious and form strong bonds with the adults that care for them.

    The key phrase here is “opportunity to practice”. If your child is working on crawling, make sure they have plenty of floor time. If they are beginning to babble and vocalize, make sure they are getting lots of language stimulation by reading with them, talking to them and taking them places. If they are working on their fine motor skills, make sure they have objects of a variety of shapes & sizes to practice holding. Intentionally setting up their environment for learning is one of the best things you can do!

    PLUS I’m finding the more floor time I give my 8.5 month old to practice his new crawling skills, the shorter the midnight parties crawling around his crib are 😂



    What new skills is your child currently working on mastering? I’d love to help think of how to create these “opportunities” for your little one!💙

  •  2  1  24 January, 2020
  • Escorting preschoolers to their classrooms in the morning is just one of the many ways that 2nd graders are leaders and role models in our early childhood school community  #theharborschool #earlychildhood #preschool
  • Escorting preschoolers to their classrooms in the morning is just one of the many ways that 2nd graders are leaders and role models in our early childhood school community #theharborschool #earlychildhood #preschool

  •  6  0  24 January, 2020
  • The connections a tutor builds with her students is truly priceless. A THINKtutor becomes a part of your family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, watches your child grow 🙋‍♀️, and takes pride in their success 👨‍🏫. For us, it's personal. For us, the relationship we build with your child is at the root of our work. Call today to find out what makes us a great choice for your family. 💚
  • The connections a tutor builds with her students is truly priceless. A THINKtutor becomes a part of your family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, watches your child grow 🙋‍♀️, and takes pride in their success 👨‍🏫. For us, it's personal. For us, the relationship we build with your child is at the root of our work. Call today to find out what makes us a great choice for your family. 💚

  •  127  2  24 January, 2020
  • The Iris (Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten) class joined the Sunrise (Kindergarten) class this morning for Meeting for Worship. They read a book and sang songs together. The Iris students built comfort in visiting the Sunrise classroom. #earlychildhood #quakereducation
  • The Iris (Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten) class joined the Sunrise (Kindergarten) class this morning for Meeting for Worship. They read a book and sang songs together. The Iris students built comfort in visiting the Sunrise classroom. #earlychildhood #quakereducation

  •  9  0  24 January, 2020
  • Invitation to playdough 🌸🍃 Missing the spring flowers so much, but it’s a sunny, warm-ish day in NY so I’ll take it! I LOVE this wooden tray I found via @theworkspaceforchildren ‘s @amazon wish list. It’s such an inspirational account to follow if you haven’t come across!✨ .
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Miss 3 loved helping me put various items out for her on the tray. She ended up making a birthday cake, so I added in a few materials such as pom poms and more straws for candles. It’s all about taking the child’s lead in what they’re most interested in and it’s OKAY if she didn’t end up making flowers or using all the decor on the tray or none at all! The most important part was exploration of the materials and independent, imaginative play that took place.
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I used this play dough by @the_dough_project ...Even the baby enjoyed sticking his little fingers in the dough and knowing it’s all plant-based makes me happy. 😊
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#busybeesplay #invitationtoplay #pretendplay #imaginativeplay #earlychildhood #teachermom #childrenplaying #creativekids #openendedplay #earlyyears
  • Invitation to playdough 🌸🍃 Missing the spring flowers so much, but it’s a sunny, warm-ish day in NY so I’ll take it! I LOVE this wooden tray I found via @theworkspaceforchildren ‘s @amazon wish list. It’s such an inspirational account to follow if you haven’t come across!✨ .
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    Miss 3 loved helping me put various items out for her on the tray. She ended up making a birthday cake, so I added in a few materials such as pom poms and more straws for candles. It’s all about taking the child’s lead in what they’re most interested in and it’s OKAY if she didn’t end up making flowers or using all the decor on the tray or none at all! The most important part was exploration of the materials and independent, imaginative play that took place.
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    I used this play dough by @the_dough_project ...Even the baby enjoyed sticking his little fingers in the dough and knowing it’s all plant-based makes me happy. 😊
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    #busybeesplay #invitationtoplay #pretendplay #imaginativeplay #earlychildhood #teachermom #childrenplaying #creativekids #openendedplay #earlyyears

  •  10  0  24 January, 2020
  • Happy Friday! Yesterday, we were thrilled to film a segment with WGN’s show @livinghealthytv about Erikson co-founder Barbara Bowman’s healthy habit: spending time with her dog Honey. Stay tuned for details about the upcoming episode!
  • Happy Friday! Yesterday, we were thrilled to film a segment with WGN’s show @livinghealthytv about Erikson co-founder Barbara Bowman’s healthy habit: spending time with her dog Honey. Stay tuned for details about the upcoming episode!

  •  51  1  24 January, 2020

Top #earlychildhood Posts

  • Today's Math Small Group Station Rotation! 
Pairs of students rotate around the table. 3ish minutes (flexible pacing) at each station for a total of 15 minutes. The timing seems to be just right for their attention spans. I leave popular activities out during free choice center time in case they'd like to revisit or I want to follow up with someone. 
1) Drop 5 drops in each section of the ice cube tray. 
2) Sort bears by size into their bowl "caves". 3) Make AABB patterns with pom poms and tweezers. 
4) Make a numeral 5 with Handwriting Without Tears wooden pieces, then decorate it with "ice gems". Each of these activities targets a math skill from this month's curriculum map. (Most connect to literature or other events we have going on.) Each of these skills has been introduced or reviewed with a mini lesson before heading to small groups. 
Each of these skills gets lots of practice in other more organic ways, but this is my way to ensure I can check in with every student on every skill and take some formative assessment notes. 
#prekteacher #prek #iteachprek #iteachtk #tkteacher #handwritingwithouttears
#learningresources
#dollartree #teachersofig #practicallyprek #iteach #instateacher #earlylearning #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #teachersfollowteachers #lakeshore #lakeshorelearning
  • Today's Math Small Group Station Rotation!
    Pairs of students rotate around the table. 3ish minutes (flexible pacing) at each station for a total of 15 minutes. The timing seems to be just right for their attention spans. I leave popular activities out during free choice center time in case they'd like to revisit or I want to follow up with someone.
    1) Drop 5 drops in each section of the ice cube tray.
    2) Sort bears by size into their bowl "caves". 3) Make AABB patterns with pom poms and tweezers.
    4) Make a numeral 5 with Handwriting Without Tears wooden pieces, then decorate it with "ice gems". Each of these activities targets a math skill from this month's curriculum map. (Most connect to literature or other events we have going on.) Each of these skills has been introduced or reviewed with a mini lesson before heading to small groups.
    Each of these skills gets lots of practice in other more organic ways, but this is my way to ensure I can check in with every student on every skill and take some formative assessment notes.
    #prekteacher #prek #iteachprek #iteachtk #tkteacher #handwritingwithouttears
    #learningresources
    #dollartree #teachersofig #practicallyprek #iteach #instateacher #earlylearning #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #teachersfollowteachers #lakeshore #lakeshorelearning

  •  345  15  24 January, 2020
  • I hope she’s always this happy to eat Fruit & Veg! 😬 
4.5 months in to Motherhood & still haven’t quite wrapped my head around the fact that I have a daughter. 🥰 
Teethers: @urbanbabyshop #acraftyliving_toyswelove
  • I hope she’s always this happy to eat Fruit & Veg! 😬
    4.5 months in to Motherhood & still haven’t quite wrapped my head around the fact that I have a daughter. 🥰
    Teethers: @urbanbabyshop #acraftyliving_toyswelove

  •  339  8  24 January, 2020
  • I decided about two years ago that I wasn’t going to let my insecurities as a parent be the reason I utilize fear to control my children. I know I am bigger than them. My voice is louder. My words, sharper. I know I can dominate them, threaten them, make them feel afraid. I know I can manipulate, bend + take advantage. But I choose not to anymore. 
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It’s actually been difficult for me, to find the tenderness, and even harder returning to it. Its a practice, really. You see, its much easier for me to fly off the handle, explode, punish + yell. Calmness doesn’t come naturally to me. It isn’t a part of my conditioning. 
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I realized early on that comparing my children to other children wasn’t fair to them, nor to me, and it wasn’t helping my desire to be a gentle, respectful parent. A lot of times that comparison I was facing was rooted in observing the surface behaviors of other children. In which case, its easy to say then that my children are aggressive, demanding or poor listeners from the outside. It’s also easy to say they are independent, secure + curious. Depends on the lens. I have learned to shift my view. 
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Children are actually designed to push the envelope. They test limits, and are undergoing developmental stages that switch their brains from curiosity, to survival, to rest— over and over, based on their environment + needs. It’s unfair to compare or analyze a child just on behavior alone. It’s a disservice to parent on behavior alone. 
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Just remember, if you’re in a season of struggling as a momma, if you feel like you’re failing and that every other kid is kind, cooperative and a “good listener,” it may not be what you think. Shut down mode looks a lot like “well behaved” from the outside. That kid you’re comparing your kids behavior to, may really just be scared. Their parent too. 
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#gentleparenting #fear #respect #motherhood #earlychildhood #mindfulness #fear #healing #consciousparenting #respectfulparenting #grace
  • I decided about two years ago that I wasn’t going to let my insecurities as a parent be the reason I utilize fear to control my children. I know I am bigger than them. My voice is louder. My words, sharper. I know I can dominate them, threaten them, make them feel afraid. I know I can manipulate, bend + take advantage. But I choose not to anymore.
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    It’s actually been difficult for me, to find the tenderness, and even harder returning to it. Its a practice, really. You see, its much easier for me to fly off the handle, explode, punish + yell. Calmness doesn’t come naturally to me. It isn’t a part of my conditioning.
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    I realized early on that comparing my children to other children wasn’t fair to them, nor to me, and it wasn’t helping my desire to be a gentle, respectful parent. A lot of times that comparison I was facing was rooted in observing the surface behaviors of other children. In which case, its easy to say then that my children are aggressive, demanding or poor listeners from the outside. It’s also easy to say they are independent, secure + curious. Depends on the lens. I have learned to shift my view.
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    Children are actually designed to push the envelope. They test limits, and are undergoing developmental stages that switch their brains from curiosity, to survival, to rest— over and over, based on their environment + needs. It’s unfair to compare or analyze a child just on behavior alone. It’s a disservice to parent on behavior alone.
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    Just remember, if you’re in a season of struggling as a momma, if you feel like you’re failing and that every other kid is kind, cooperative and a “good listener,” it may not be what you think. Shut down mode looks a lot like “well behaved” from the outside. That kid you’re comparing your kids behavior to, may really just be scared. Their parent too.
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    #gentleparenting #fear #respect #motherhood #earlychildhood #mindfulness #fear #healing #consciousparenting #respectfulparenting #grace

  •  5,113  158  15 January, 2020