Accepting Emotions

I’ve been blessed a large, amazing family. One of those amazing members is my dad’s youngest brother, Joe. Joe’s had an interesting life with a lot of unique experiences from spending time hitch hiking around, to living in a yurt in the Oregon forest, to raising 3 children in a beautiful college town. I’ve learned […]

Tools to Teach Emotions

Updated Nov 21st, 2015. Affiliate links added for shopping ease. Toddlers are well-known for their tantrums. It’s one of the most common questions I’ve seen posted on parenting message boards, yet the advice on how to deal with tantrums is nearly as mixed as the advice on baby sleep: “Don’t give in to the tantrum.” […]

I joined twitter!

https://twitter.com/chmercalcapuchn/status/561358007351910400

Stop the hyperbole when it comes to breastfeeding

This excellent article, Stop The Hyperbole When It Comes To Breastfeeding encompasses many of my beliefs in regards to breastfeeding. My son, Alden, was born unable to suckle, even from a bottle, and I chose to supplement with formula and donated milk until I could make enough on my own. It required a lot of […]

Female bonobos observed helping mother give birth.

” During the birth event, which occurred at the Luikotale Bonobo Project field site, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the researchers discovered that wild bonobos do not give birth alone.¬†The new mother, a female called Luna, was surrounded by two other female bonobos offering companionship and support.” From here. I asked a friend […]

Stop telling worried parents that Einstein didn’t talk until 4 and start giving them practical advice.

On parenting message boards, facebook groups, and elsewhere online, I see posts by parents concerned about the development of their children and, at one time, I was making those posts. Even in groups populated by well-educated, well-informed parents, it is quite common for these concerned to be brushed off as parental worry.¬† I’ve seen and […]

How to set up a play area and encourage speech in young or speech delayed children [Part 2]

Setting up the play area This is the second of a two part series on encouraging verbal communication and interaction in young or speech-delayed individuals through play. This section covers how to set up the play area to promote enriching play for children under the age of 5. The previous section can be found here. […]

How to set up a play area and encourage speech in young or speech delayed children [Part 1]

This is the first of a two part series on encouraging verbal communication in young or speech-delayed individuals through play. This section covers how to encourage verbal communication in general. The other one can be found here. One of the most common concerns I see posted on parenting message boards is lack of or delayed […]

Did better mothering defeat the Neanderthals?

More and more research shows that Neanderthals were as inferior in cognition as originally thought. A five-year project out of Kochi University of Technology in Japan examines factors that contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals, and posits that the differences in learning was the key factor. Although invention and tool use is normally associated […]

Interviews with American mothers living abroad

Here is a fascinating  collection of stories about parenting in other parts of the world.