Tag: motherhood

RIE® is Acknowledgment

Though not specifically listed as one of the RIE®  principles, I feel like ACKNOWLEDGEMENT must be included and highlighted because so much of this approach revolves around it. To be acknowledged is to feel seen, heard, understood and validated. It doesn’t mean to pacify, fix, entertain, distract or even make better. When it comes to […]

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RIE® Caregiving – Involving the Child

The next piece of the RIE®  approach is involving the child during care taking activities. This may seem strange because you’re probably thinking that of course the baby is involved in diapering, changing, feeding, bathing. But oftentimes, these activities are done TO the baby and not WITH the baby. We tend to treat the baby […]

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RIE® is Sensitive Observation

 Sensitive Observation IS the RIE® Method. Grounded in respect, authenticity and trust, the manner of which we come to understand our infants’ communications, needs and personality is through observation. Sensitive observation is a skill that requires time, patience and practice. It is more mindful than just watching and certainly doesn’t include your phone. And it’s […]

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RIE® is Authenticity

In addition to respect, one of the other main tenants of the RIE® method is authenticity. How can we define authenticity? According to the dictionary, it is something that is real or true. It could also mean the genuine truth of something or one that doesn’t have to play or fulfill a role. According to […]

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Motherhood Looks Way Easier on Instagram

This article was written by mama and guest contributor Hilary Young. I’m not sure how many hours I spend on Instagram each week, but it is definitely up there. I check Instagram when I want to take a mental break from work, when I get a rare 5 minutes of solo bathroom time to pee […]

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Pregnant? Questions to Ask Your HealthCare Provider

  Congrats! You’re pregnant.    Once the initial joy and happiness sets in, you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed and unsure of what to do first. While creating a registry or setting up the baby’s room may be the most enticing, the absolute first step and arguably the most crucial is finding the [...]
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10 Steps to Prepare for Pregnancy

  When I share that my husband and I prepared for 18 months before even trying to get pregnant, I am usually met with wide eyed stares and a sense of bewilderment. Preparing for pregnancy isn’t really a thing. Most couples just start trying or some get pregnant on accident. But both Sebastian and I [...]
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My Three Day, 70 Hour Unmedicated Home Birth

Just one month ago, I gave birth to my first child, Arya Rose. I decided to share the story of her birth because it was both normal and extraordinary, what I planned for but not what I expected, ultimately what I wanted but not in the way I envisioned. It broke me open and changed [...]
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