By Beth Berry Among my favorite things about living abroad are the unexpected encounters and rich relationships we’ve formed with people from all walks of life and corners of the planet. One such experience stands out as particularly interesting… Some months ago,
By Beth Berry (Dug up this script from two years ago thinking a few of you might relate…) My kids are home from school today, unexpectedly. I knew it was a national holiday, it just never registered that school would be
Thank you to Dr. Laura Markham and Perigree Books for sharing this exclusive excerpt of Dr. Markham’s new book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. How to Set Empathic Limits Setting limits is an essential part of parenting.
By Beth Berry I wrote this piece a few years ago in the thick of stay-home parenting of four young children. I wanted to share it with you now along with a bit of reflection… While I remember what it was like
Is anatomy destiny? Former Mothering features editor Candace Walsh was raised in a family where medicalized birth was the default. She thought, when she got pregnant with her daughter in 2000, that the only next step was to start seeing an obstetrician. But the hurried,
Somewhere along the way it became generally assumed that praise builds self-esteem, leading to the daily parental litany of “Nice job!” and “Great throw!” and “Gorgeous painting!” and on and on ad nauseum. Pundits call it “affirmation” and “positive feedback.” B.F. Skinner called it
By Lisa Hassan Scott “Well, when you come to visit, I can try to see if I can get a portable crib.” My husband and I were planning our first visit to his parents’ house, and my in-laws were really excited.
Contributed by Mothering blogger Sarah Clark As I watch attachment-style mothers, sometimes I wonder if some of us forget that attachment parenting is called attachment PARENTING — not attachment MOTHERING. Attachment as a style of nurturing and loving our children is
Nancy Verrier is an adoptive mother, therapist and author of the groundbreaking book The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. In a session at today’s Adopt Salon conference in Los Angeles, Nancy shared some reflections almost twenty years after publishing one of adoption’s landmark
For generations, formal adoption in America consisted overwhelmingly of white babies who were born to white, unwed women and were parented by white, married couples. Our laws, policies, practices, attitudes and understanding were based on that reality – and they have not significantly changed.