|Speaking of birthday preparations: here are our yummy
Lemon Poppy Seed cupcakes :)
It has been a week full of birthday preparations over here. Cooking, baking, banner and party favor making took over and my reading fell by the wayside, so I didn’t discover a great many new links. I did really enjoy participating in the March Carnival of Natural Parenting and found a few blogs I know will lead me to some gems in the near future, but I did not get to do much reading on many of them yet.
I did find a few wonderful things that I will share with you, however. I mentioned in last week’s Sunday Surf that I had recently discovered RIE thanks to a fellow blogger and NPN volunteer, and that I have found a lot that really resonates with me, and at the same time reinforces and/or builds upon a lot of the ideas toward infant care that I already feel strongly about thanks to my background in Montessori. I think that what I’m drawn to the most is the deep respect for the child that is demonstrated in RIE methodology. If you have been around here long, you know that respect for the child is a topic very close to my heart.
On that vein, I found a few gems this week that helped me to learn more about RIE and really helped bring me back to a place of conscious respect for Annabelle. It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life and forget to talk to Annabelle about what I’m about to do instead of just coming along and scooping her up, or to put down the phone before I dress her. Our Babies Ourselves, at JanetLansbury.com and Respect is Key to Baby Development at Little River School Online were precisely what I needed to read. I am falling in love with with Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler. For a great modern day example of how little of the respect these women talk about is exhibited in everyday attitudes toward infants (and the sad fact that we hardly notice!), you can see this interesting take on the Laughing Baby Video that has been circulating recently.