Respectful communication with your baby

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Respectful communication with your baby

In the RIE philosophy, there is a great focus on respect for the baby. What does that mean to respect a baby? It means to, not necessarily to do what you think you would like in a situation, but what the baby might like. Stepping back a little bit to be responsive to the baby and the baby's communication, rather than reacting. To give a concrete example, one of the things is that if a baby cries. We don't immediately go in and scoop the baby up and automatically assume that is what the baby wants. If the baby falls, we don't immediately run in. We wait a minute and listen to what the baby is telling us. Ask the baby and include the baby in the process. Ask the baby what they would like, "I see that you fell, what do you need?" It leaves room for the baby in the communication and that build the relationship between the baby and the parent.

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Lisa Sunbury, MA

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Lisa Sunbury has dedicated her life to caring for, supporting, and advocating for infants, toddlers, and their parents. She has over 20 years experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education, in a variety of roles. After earning a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, she worked as a nanny, and as an infant/toddler teacher in several respected childcare programs. While attending a workshop led by Diana Suskind, which focused on the unique needs of infants and toddlers in child care centers, she was introduced to Magda Gerber’s philosophy of infant care. Intrigued by Magda’s work, she went on to study with her for three years at the original home of RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers), in Silver Lake, California. There she earned a certificate of completion in the program to become a RIE Associate. She has taught RIE Foundations through University of California Santa Barbara, presented at several early childhood conferences, and had her writing published in the RIE Newsletter and the Giant Encyclopedia of Activities for Infants and Toddlers. Her most recent work has included growing her website, Regarding Baby, and caring for a wonderful family that includes two young children. She maintains professional memberships with the National Association of Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) and RIE, and is proud to serve on the board at Santa Cruz Toddler Center.

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