Sex Ed for the Preschooler

My daughter Sally is only in preschool, but I don't want her to grow up to be as ignorant about her body or issues of sexuality as I was, and I want to lay a good foundation for information and understanding now. In other words, this is something I have already done a good bit of thinking about. So far, here is what I have come up with:1. Answer questions honestly and openlySally took me aback the other day by finding my vibrator. I had thought it was thoroughly put away, but apparently … [Read more...]

Take a deep breath and just be – even at 2 a.m.

My little girl, Sally, still frequently wakes up in the middle of the night and comes into the master bedroom. I'm the kind of person who likes to have plenty of space to sleep in, and I'm also getting more and more pregnant, so as you might imagine this can be pretty annoying."Mommy? Mommy? I want to sleep in bed with you. Please?"At 2:00 in the morning, the last thing I want is to have a small kicking child get in bed with me. But the thing is, one of the most important things about … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Positive Parenting

I've been doing a bit of work on my parenting section, and in the process I found a couple of links to share.Positive Parenting is NOT Permissive Parenting clearly lays out the differences between authoritarian parenting, permissive parenting, and positive parenting.This same website offers a three-part introduction to positive parenting for newbies: Part one, Part two, and Part three.Finally, I found a post on the differences between "consequences" and "problem-solving" especially … [Read more...]

Adventures in Parenting: On Reasoning with Toddlers

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.Last night I had a parenting adventure that was both reassuring and sobering. It involved a situation all parents face in exasperation many times in … [Read more...]

Parenting Is Not A Contest

parent child fight

This is part of a series in which I am re-posting a number of posts I've written in the past on issues involving parenting and Michael and Debi Pearl. I think these posts may be of interest to new readers, and if you're a reader who has been around with me since the beginning, they may be worth a re-read. This post was originally published here.   Last week my husband and I saw a movie on campus. As usual, we brought our small daughter with us. She behaved very well, sometimes sitting beside … [Read more...]

Gentle Parenting around the Relatives

relatives

I have to say, the #1 hardest time to gentle parent is when I'm around Pearl-following relatives. It's actually one of the things I dread about visiting my parents house, because I know they will be watching my daughter for any error and chalking it up to the failure of my gentle parenting methods. The problem is that the things they interpret as failure I interpret as success. They believe that immediate obedience and complete submission should be expected from children of all ages, and that … [Read more...]

Adventures in Parenting: On Reasoning with Toddlers

whining toddler

Last night I had a parenting adventure that was both reassuring and sobering. It involved a situation all parents face in exasperation many times in their parenting careers: A toddler wide awake in the middle of the night.  You see, a small voice beside my bed woke me up in the middle of the night last night. Drink of water. So, I got up and got Sally a drink. Alright Sally, now it's time to get back in your bed. No. Get in mommy and daddy's bed! When Sally wakes up in the middle of the … [Read more...]


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