Monthly Archives: August 2012

the wheely bug

K has taken to climbing up on things in the last two weeks. It started when a friend of ours plopped her into a box and she didn’t cry. After that she started climbing into the box by herself, and … Continue reading

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baby talk and attention spans

K got a particularly welcome compliment Wednesday. A story teller we went to see told me that she was “a great listener,” and that K’s attention had been fixed on her the whole time. I was very pleased, especially since … Continue reading

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parenting and fear

I had some thoughts about the role fear plays in parenting this weekend. A friend came over recently and insisted on telling K that her diaper “stunk,” and that she had a “stinky” diaper. I laughed it off, but told … Continue reading

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cross-cultural pooping

I recently had a discussion with Ko about Lisa Patricelli’s book Potty. If you know that book, it’s meant to make kids comfortable with using the potty. (K loves it–even reads it while sitting on her potty chair). Basically, a … Continue reading

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attachment vs. dependence

I’m taken back by the vitriol that attachment parenting is attacked with in the US. In a widely-read article, Erica Jong, for example, attacks attachment parenting for making women feel guilty for working outside of the home. Of course, it’s … Continue reading

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baby read alouds

Since baby was about four months old I’ve been reading poetry to her. When we would first stay home together it was one of the first ways that I would feel like we were really bonded. I would pick up … Continue reading

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french children eat everything; americans eat all the time

I’ve been reading Karen Bakker Le Billon’s French Children Eat Everything. It’s much better than I expected, which is only partly because my expectations began low. I didn’t realize that there are currently two books in hardcover on the premise … Continue reading

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