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Yelling "NO!" to Stop a Child Actually Works!

Yelling “No!” to stop a child works!
It is guaranteed to stop a child in his tracks and turn their happy, healthy, neuron-growing science exploration into a tirade of tears in seconds.
So what do we do instead?

http://rivieraplayschool.com/parenting-from-balance/yelling-no-actually-works

 

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At Riviera PlaySchool in Redondo Beach, California, we provide 
a mindful program for the 'Whole Child,' inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf and Non-Violent Communication.

OmmmmmMy God! Compassion is a Two Way Street

You Can Reach Enlightenment in 1 Easy Science-backed Step! I have been waiting for this one!! Science now has documented evidence that anyone CAN reach enlightenment, (or at least find peace, joy, or satisfaction) in one easy step! I am tossing my meditation beads!! They have found the holy grail! http://rivieraplayschool.com/parenting-from-balance/ommmmmmy-god-compass... Riviera PlaySchool in Redondo Beach, CA TEACHING FROM BALANCE A Mindful program for the 'Whole Child,' inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf and Non-Violent Communication. www.RivieraPlaySchool.com

"NO!!" is a Development-Stopping Word

Exclaiming "No!" to stop a child works! 

 

It is guaranteed to stop a child in his tracks and turn their happy, healthy, neuron-growing science exploration into a tirade of tears in seconds. 

 

So what do we do instead?

 

http://rivieraplayschool.com/parenting-from-balance/no-is-a-development-...

 

Riviera PlaySchool in Redondo Beach, CA

TEACHING FROM BALANCE

A Mindful program for the 'Whole Child,' inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf and Non-Violent Communication. 

Our Brains are soft-wired for Empathy

"Empathy is the invisible hand….that entends human consciousness” 

This animated video is a fascinating view on human development and something that seems to be the opposite of original sin, or what the creator calls “an empathic embrace” with members of our human family.

 

http://rivieraplayschool.com/parenting-from-balance/our-brains-are-wired-for-empathy

Mommy Fix-All

I would reel off the remedies like so many spinning plates, but nothing worked. The more I tried to fix it for him, the louder and more insistent his crying would become. Then something would snap...

 

http://rivieraplayschool.com/parenting-from-balance/mommy-fix-all

 

Riviera PlaySchool in Redondo Beach, CA
TEACHING FROM BALANCE
A Mindful program for the 'Whole Child,' inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf and Non-Violent Communication. 

"You Can't Say that You Can't Play!" Does Setting this Limit Make Us the Bully?

As parents and adults, we typically struggle a little with how to provide children the space to have their power, (and thus exclude) and also provide an opportunity for them to develop common ground.

I think it is so important, of primary importance, to allow children to have as much power over themselves as possible. Especially power over their own bodies. I think somehow that through providing children with the opportunity to have power over themselves and their environments, that they can develop empathy naturally.

And so I have, for the past few years, gone along with the thought that children should be allowed to exclude. As it was explained to me, it is a necessary factor in developing personal power.

In group play, we want to help the powerless. And the question is whether we make children include others, or allow then to exclude.

Developmental Checklist... am I making the grade as a parent?

When I read anything about parenting and child development, I spontaneously begin evaluating myself on my own parenting of my son. As I recently read a developmental checklist for early childhood, I felt the urge to pat myself on the back many times. But then I came to the piece about peaceful conflict resolution "Has the ability to resolve conflicts peacefully" (which of course is the true point of all of my journey in parenting), and I flinched. Does my son resolve his conflicts with his peers peacefully?

I have heard that he is amazingly peaceful and tends to be the one who resolves the conflicts between and among the playing partners (when I am not around).

Wade Davis about cultural heritage and the state of our world

I just watched a video of Wade Davis speaking about world cultures, and I am speechless. It was amazing. It makes me want to travel to remote areas with my son, and soak up the rich, perfect, real, natural experience.

For example, I loved that, in the indigenous culture he speaks of, every year in the festival of manhood, the young man who ran fastest was bequeathed with the honor of being a woman "a wailaka" for the day, and was allowed to wear women's clothing. And then led the men on a grueling run up and down the 20 thousand feet of mountainous terrain.

And I really love Wade Davis' final comment on his piece, that it is hopeful, that we are agents of cultural destruction. Because as such, we can also be facilitators of cultural survival.

You have to watch this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8zWH3T5RCA

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I am learning to love my wiggly butt ...and the world will be a better place

I am still thinking about a comment made by a little boy recently, about whether a certain lady with dark skin was "some kind of brownie, or something." And I am just wondering why and how I might react to a comment like that. I guess I would react to it, if somewhere in myself I had that same belief against myself. In other words, I am sure I wouldn't react to the "brownie" comment, since I don't have strong negative beliefs about my value as it pertains to the color of my skin. Call me fat, on the other hand, and my blood pressure begins to rise, my self doubts creep in, and I jump to my own defense.

When my son sings me his favorite morning song, that sweet, innocent, laughing voice can really get my self-judgment going. I guess I should be honored that his made-up lyrics were inspired by me: "Linda has a wiggly butt! Linda had a wiggly butt!"

What do "Shutter Island" and non violent communication have in common?

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