June 19, 2014
Reading is a Form of Play

Reading is a Form of Play

flyingbook-insideI can’t remember how old my son was when he stopped playing. One day he was spending hours creating worlds with his little PVC Pokemon figurines and then the next day he wasn’t but I can’t really remember when that was. But I remember that he was sad about it, when his play stopped working, and it made me think about when my big sister came home (at around 11 or 12) from her first babysitting…

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June 16, 2014
8Tracks: Rolling Water

Back in the old days we used to make mix tapes. Then we made mix CDs. Now we make virtual playlists. It’s Monday! Must be time for music!

Rolling Water from thiswomanswork on 8tracks Radio.

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June 11, 2014
The class is going swimmingly

The class is going swimmingly

mama-insideMy husband is participating this time, which is a first. He’s never done that before because the time wasn’t convenient but he was helping me set up and tear down and decided it’d be easier just to stick around and take the class. The class is male-heavy this time around, which is unusual* but great. There’s been a lot of engagement and it’s fun to see what people find new and exciting. Different…

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June 4, 2014
Still time to register

I’ve been working on revamping my hand-outs and adding a Powerpoint (well, Keynote — same diff as we used to say in the 80s!) for the visual learners.

Still time to register

I’ve been working on revamping my hand-outs and adding a Powerpoint (well, Keynote — same diff as we used to say in the 80s!) for the visual learners.

June 2, 2014
Different Kids Need Different Parents

Different Kids Need Different Parents

parenting for attunementI found this write-up of a studythat looked at the impact parenting can have on helping kids cope with depression and anxiety. The study’s authors found that children who were able to regulate their own emotions did better when their parents supported them and gave room greater autonomy in managing their emotions. Children who were less able to regulate did better with more support and…

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May 28, 2014
It takes two (or more)

It takes two (or more)

shutterstock_149643398This is not a post about spanking even though I’m going to use spanking as an example; it’s a post about context and relationships.

When I worked at the women’s shelter in Portland one of our rules was “no spanking in shelter,” which is a good rule for a domestic violence program, right?

If a mom entering the program protested this rule, the intake person would say, “Don’t worry, just make an…

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May 23, 2014
Talking it out

Writers know that most of us don’t come to the page with a full-fledged idea; we come with a scrap and we write out from that scrap into the rest of the story.

Talking it out

Writers know that most of us don’t come to the page with a full-fledged idea; we come with a scrap and we write out from that scrap into the rest of the story.

May 21, 2014
My new club

tagline_content_oI recently joined the Association for Size Diversity and Health. It’s an organization made up of activists, educators, researchers and support people of all stripes who promote Health At Every Size® (HAES).

I first learned about HAES a zillion years ago on the internet but didn’t do much more than glance at it. Then when I wrote Weighing Down Our ChildrenI got the chance to speak with Linda…

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May 19, 2014
Who needs parenting classes?

Who needs parenting classes?

family-insideBecause parenting classes are often mandated for parents who are having trouble, some people are turned off by the idea of them. So I wanted to talk about who could benefit from parenting classes because that person might be you.

  1. Anyone who feels like he or she is parenting at odds with his or her partner.If you’re parenting one way and your child’s other parent is parenting another way and you…

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May 14, 2014
Why I don’t have magazines in my waiting room

Why I don’t have magazines in my waiting room

A long time ago I made the decision not to have any magazines that accept advertising lying around my waiting room. This is because most magazines (not all but most) that accept advertising end up answering to the advertisers. This is why you’ll see an article about spring allergies next to an ad for prescription allergy medication.

I used to work for a magazine and my editors made me aware of…

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