Teddee's Reviews > Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child's Natural Abilities -- From the Very Start

Your Self-Confident Baby by Magda Gerber
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Nov 20, 2010

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Read on November 16, 2010 — I own a copy

Describes RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach developed out of necessity for Hungarian orphans by Dr. Pickler. Concept is to observe and allow baby to explore on its own through its own innate curiosity, rather than constantly entertaining and stimulating. Instead of distractedly carrying baby all the time, she recommends letting the baby explore on its own in a safe area, and then actually focusing and interacting with the baby during quality time. Approach is more of an anecdotal parenting philosophy, rather than evidence-based research, but there are still good ideas in here regardless. p91-99: Encourages treating a baby as a capable being, respect for babies by asking for permission and always notifying them of what you're doing, allowing babies to discover things on their own, figuring out solutions to frustrating problems on their own rather than spoon feeding them everything, and allowing them to gain self-confidence through this self-discovery process. Encourages learning to wait and only selectively intervening. Discourages praise, which will make the child seek satisfaction from external sources rather than its own joy of discovery.

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