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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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RIE® is Respect

If I could sum up the RIE® method in one word, it would be respect. I know what you are probably thinking. “Of course I respect my baby!” Maybe you take offense that I would be suggesting otherwise. But when we stop a consider the concept of respect a little more deeply and how it relates […]

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