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About katepflynn

International Montessori teacher (birth to 12 years), RIE Foundations Course graduate, and Infant Development Specialist teaching Bradley Childbirth, Parent-Infant (pre-walkers), Parent-Child (walkers) and Toddlers.

Crying is Language & Babies Deserve Freedom of Expression Too

When a child cries and we try to distract him or, even worse, “plug” him with a pacifier, bottle or breast, we are telling him “Don’t feel uncomfortable. Your real feelings will not be acknowledged but will be suppressed or … Continue reading

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10 Places for Parents to Shop

American Lie-Down Car Seat European Car Seat for Laying Baby Flat English Style Pram Buggy Wool Diaper Covers Michael Olaf – Montessori materials & Philosophy Giant Construction Kits (for Open Cubes) Plan Toys Viking Toys International Playthings Rhino Toys

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What’s Good for Me is Good for You, No?

In the old days, before children, I used to love taking classes at the Newberry Library in Chicago (okay let’s face it, there aren’t many places I don’t like taking classes at). There is one class there I will never … Continue reading

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How to Turn Passive Parenting into Respectful Discipline

A great article from blogger Janet Lansbury which can be found here: http://www.janetlansbury.com/2012/09/respectful-parenting-is-not-passive-parenting/ There are two extreme approaches to discipline that do not serve a toddler’s needs. One is overly strict, punitive and non-empathetic. It involves maintaining control of the … Continue reading

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Two Words to Perfect Parenting

Did you know purposeful movement builds brain cells and neuron synapses? Each time the brain makes the body work, your baby has built a fatty pathway in his brain which he can then use for other things. Imagine that! When … Continue reading

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How to Simplify Baby Sleep

This seems overly complicated to me and I prefer referencing Dr. Weissbluth and 12 Hours by 12 Weeks but some people swear by the BabyCenter Sleep Forum. See what you think! I really think if you are trying to: sleep … Continue reading

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How to Let Your Baby Sleep Like a Boss!

Be careful of “sleep aids” whereby a baby comes to associate something with going to sleep (feeding, rocking, pacifier, a warm body, a beating heart, driving, white noise, etc.) If they become conditioned to falling asleep with these aids, they … Continue reading

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Put Some Bang in Your Bagwa!

A friend of mine is getting trained in Feng Shui and will be working on my house as part of her credentialing. I am sooo excited as this is something I’ve always wanted to do. In case you aren’t familiar … Continue reading

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One Person Every Parent Should Know!!!

I have always had a hard time writing here with the consistency I would prefer, with my other commitments. I am doing and thinking and talking about Montessori and RIE every single day yet rarely get it down in print … Continue reading

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MontessoRIE Parent-Infant Classes

We explore respectful parenting the Montessori/Pikler/RIE way in this class for babies and their parent(s). Continue reading

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