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Supernanny or Super Mama?

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I wrote this piece in response to criticism mothers often have directed at us about how we raise our children 'these days', and in particular to the popular parent-helper Supernanny. It explains the crucial parent/child bond - different to the nanny/child bond - and how this is the blueprint for all later relationships. A re ...
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Some Life Advice: Learn to Ride Life’s Tidal Waves

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While I was working on my last book, I'd arrive home after dropping the kids at school and head straight to my desk, ignoring the mess the children love living in. During those uninterrupted hours, nothing could have lured me from my computer. I knew my time was limited (it’s amazing ...
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Help Your Child Sleep Alone by Managing Your Energetic Connection with Them

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Teaching a baby or child to go to sleep on their own, without the help of rocking, singing, breastfeeding, lying down with them, or other external aid, is one of the most difficult times for many parents. It’s as though getting to sleep independently is the last thing children want ...
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My First Tween Issue: Ear Piercing

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To pierce or not to pierce. Parents have to make all kinds of decisions about when and if to allow something their child wants, and when to allow ear piercing is what this post is about. M y eldest daughter, who has just turned ten, is leading me into the unexplored territory of tweenhood. ...