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“Gun play and why children need it” – Rich and Brownlee

Diane Rich explains: “The themes that children choose to play do not all involve nurses, mums and dads, princes and princesses. There are nasty things too: monsters, ghost, baddies and, inevitably, weapons of all sorts.” (Rich, p.1 – on my … Continue reading

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Pennie Brownlee’s new site – respectful education and care

Pennie Brownlee has developed a new website: http://penniebrownlee.weebly.com/ She announced it in a recent email, writing that: “I have been ‘at the drawing board’ making a website that has everything on it – •  Homepage with some thoughts on it … Continue reading

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mealtimes and Pikler

“Highchairs are containers Free and equal human babies are fed on the lap so that the close, warm relationship established during breast feeding- or bottle feeding is allowed to continue and flourish.  Meal times are times of pleasure and intimacy … Continue reading

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Food should always be a pleasure

“Emmi Pikler’s dictum [was] that food should always be a pleasure.”[1] [1] P58 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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Policies and childhood: Is the bottom line money or children?

An excerpt from Brownlee’s book, Dance with me in the Heart, which makes some important points: “As a country we need to look at the policies we are enacting that affect small children. We need to fund the services which support … Continue reading

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On propping babies up – and a Magda Gerber quote

“Putting babies into any position they cannot get into or out of by themselves is helplessness training…. Propping babies to sit, supporting them to stand, and holding them to walk is more than helplessness training. Physically, it forces babies to … Continue reading

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Babies: routines, rhythms, and rituals…

“I know we dismissed the word routine earlier on, and we replaced it with ‘care moments’, but these rhythms are extremely important for babies.  Humans are creatures of habit, our reptilian brain loves routine.  Think about it: do you have … Continue reading

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Do as I do…

“It’s not what you teach your babies that counts, it is how you are with them.  As Joseph Chilton Pearce says, ‘We tell children how to be and they keep mirroring back what we are’.” (p.67) Ref: Pennie Brownlee Dance … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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