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Saturday Links – Let Crying Babies Cry and Parenting Theory Shortform

Theory Links

7 Reasons to Calm Down About Babies Crying – I like the intro to this article best of all!  Most of the stereotypes of uncaring, strict parents don’t really exist in the real world.  Most of us are on the other end of responding too much.  Great reminders to let babies struggle.

Parenting Theory Shortform – Scroll down past the lovely Pinterest lists, and you’ll get to some great short versions of the current classics of parenting.  I’ve read both Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Free-Range Kids (and loved them–which is ironic, since they don’t work well together at first glance), and I’ve heard about the other two (Nuture-Shock and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids) and am intrigued.  If you are busy with toddlers and don’t have time to actually read, the interviews she links to are a great place to start thinking about your concept of parenting.

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Parenting Book Review: Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect

After reading some interesting posts on Janet Lansbury’s blog, Elevating Child Care, I was inspired to read the book her philosophy of child care is based on: Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect by Magda Gerber.  I actually read the book about a month ago, but I’ve been holding onto my review because of vacations and visitors.  The delay has given me extra time to try out some of the methods in the book and think about their effectiveness.  Overall, my reaction to this book, and my personal implementation of it, has been quite mixed.

My main gripe was that the book contains a lot of mental coaching on how to think about a situation, but was somewhat lacking in how such a mindset might lead to concrete actions.  As I’m a person who demands implementable results, this wishy-washy mindset talk drove me crazy.  It’s all fine and dandy to say that you have to adapt to new developments in your child’s behavior, but how about some concrete suggestions on how to adapt to stranger anxiety or toilet training?  Where there were concrete suggestions, they were brilliant for the most part. Continue reading

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Filed under Baby (9 - 18 mos), Discipline, Infant (0 - 9 mos), Magda Gerber, Parenting Book Reviews