Guest Post: Elevating Child Care

Several months ago I was turned onto Janet Lansbury’s blog/website by a friend who thought it might be something that interested me. I had written something about parenting and she commented that “it looked like we read a lot of the same parenting books” and suggested that I check out Elevating Child Care.

On this site, Janet writes about the principals of RIE (Resources for Infant Educaring). From their website:

Incorporating a deep respect and appreciation of the baby as more than a helpless object, RIE’s Educaring™ Approach encourages infants and adults to trust each other, learn to problem solve, and embrace their ability for self-discovery. When allowed to unfold in their own way and in their own time, children discover and inspire the best in themselves and in others.

To foster quality care, RIE encourages:

  • Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner.
  • An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing.
  • Time for uninterrupted play.
  • Freedom to explore and interact with other infants.
  • Involvement of the child in all care activities to allow the child to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient.
  • Sensitive observation of the child in order to understand his or her needs.
  • Consistency, clearly defined limits and expectations to develop discipline.

It did not take long before I was hooked on Janet’s work and the philosophy of RIE, because there is so much about it that is intuitive to me. I started following Janet on Twitter, and something wonderful happened.

She decided to let me guest post on her blog. I am over the moon excited about the opportunity to write about how early childhood obesity research (my work) supports many of RIE’s principals surrounding infant/child feeding and eating practices (my passion). Thank you, Janet, for this fabulous opportunity.

You can find my post here.


3 thoughts on “Guest Post: Elevating Child Care

    1. Thanks dad. I’m very grateful for the opportunity- and to have met Janet. She’s been nothing short of wonderful since we started communicating.


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