Dance with me in the Heart quotes

“Without the idea of naughty or disobedient, without the words naughty and disobedient, without the story of naughtiness and disobedience there is none to be found.” (p.12)

“It is time to have a good look at our stories and see which ones we could leave behind.  The Naughty story would be a good place to start.  The Blank-Slate story, Born in Original Sin, Unreliable, Incapable and Helpless stories have all had their time and they need to go. …When it comes to parting with negative stories it takes vigilance until we have the new story in place.  We need to listen very carefully to what we are thinking and to what words we are using.  Our thoughts, words and deeds will tell us whether we are still acting out the old stories or not.” (p.12)

“One of the old stories you hear over and over is about the Baby as Adversary.  …He is only having you on.  Don’t go in there, that will only reward him for being naughty.” (p.12)

“Baby-battlers probably do not even realize that they are at war with babies because baby-battling s such a common phenomenon in New Zealandculture.” (p.13)

“Bathing, dressing, feeding and changing are very intimate acts, and they have to be done. …Emi Pikler understood the importance of names and stories, so rather than calling these activities routines, she called them ‘care moments.’” (p.29)

“Nearly all of the things we say to babies and children are habits of speech for us.  …labeling or name calling.  Each label is really a ministory….” (p.43)

“A baby is forming his image of who he is in this world.  Children don’t come with a self image; their self image grows from the way they are handled and spoken to. …we need to develop the habit of describing.  Describing helps your baby make more sense of the world.” (p.43)


Ref: Pennie Brownlee Dance with me in the Heart; The adults’ guide to great infant-parent partnerships c2008 New Zealand Playcentre Federation.Christchurch

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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