Five Important Things about Babies


Parenting Thought
  1. You can communicate with babies – keep talking to, patting, and holding babies you care about.
  2. Babies can communicate with you – keep trying different responses (holding, changing, feeding, etc.) until you get the baby’s message.
  3. Babies make “decisions” about themselves, those taking care of them, and the world around them – important decisions. For example, babies are deciding whether they can trust you to take care of them.
  4. Babies store the “decisions” they make deep inside them, and those “decisions” stick with them for a long, long time. If babies decide they can trust you; they will also decide to trust others when they are older.
  5. The “decisions” that babies make influence the decisions and actions they take throughout their life. If babies learn that the world is an OK place; they can find joy in life forever.
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Winter’s Picture Books
We have been amazed at how much good parenting information is in children’s picture books – books that we hope you are reading everyday to the children in your lives – your own, your class, those you take care of.  For each book, we are noting there is something in it to remind you of how to be the parent you want to be.
What’s in it for you, the reader? 
A reminder of how important self-esteem is for your children.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that babies start making decisions about themselves and the world around them from the moment they are born (if not before).
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that natural consequences are powerful. See for more about natural consequences.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that your child has a star within him. You can help it shine.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that you can help your child with sad and frustrated feelings when they can’t have everything they want.

Read All About It:

Decisions Babies Make

SELF-ESTEEM A FAMILY AFFAIR, Jean Illsley Clarke

GROWING UP AGAIN: PARENTING OURSELVES, PARENTING OUR CHILDREN, Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson

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