The Incomparable RIE Approach
When I became a new mom, I felt lost and insecure.. bombarded with so many different opinions, parenting books and methods. Then I discovered RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) and it was the best thing I ever did!
My good friend invited me and my son to join her RIE class in LA and I was so relieved that RIE was not just another idea to read about. For two years, we took our 6 month old to weekly 90 min classes with a group of about 5 kids around the same age. Our insightful teacher Jill Getto Lee, became our RIE parenting coach as we gained a new awareness of our kids and a deeper understanding of the amazing first two years of life.
Magda Gerber’s philosophy on respectful parenting has been invaluable to me as I navigate through parenthood. Here are my favorite RIE basics that I still practice everyday with my kids (now ages 2 and 5).
Respect your kids, see them as intelligent, enlightened beings.. not objects.
Be present. Especially during feeding, bathing and bed times.
Be patient, slow down to their pace.
Communicate your actions beforehand and encourage their involvement in everything.
Inspire active play with passive toys. Avoid passive play with active toys or screens.
Trust their own ability to learn, develop and problem solve.
Have clear boundaries, offer clear choices.
For all things RIE, one of the best bloggers and writers is Janet Lansbury , she has an abundance of knowledge and information.