Monthly Archives: October 2012

21st Century Slaves

Oct 16th, 2012

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Seen any late­ly? They’re right in front of you every day — the best exam­ples I can give are the peo­ple who so cheer­ful­ly take care of your babies in their day­care and the peo­ple who cheer­ful­ly serve you at your neigh­bour­hood cof­fee shop. That’s me and my hus­band! I’ll agree that we’re paid slight­ly […]

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A Baby Cage?!

Oct 16th, 2012

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At the end of April I saw a tweet where a guy post­ed a video about what he, and oth­ers who had re-tweet­­ed it, called ‘a baby cage’. I was aston­ished to see the words and could­n’t imag­ine what it might look like – I envi­sioned a playpen with a closed top. Or per­haps the […]

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Did You Ever Wonder?

Oct 16th, 2012

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You should know by now that I am always won­der­ing and ask­ing “Why?” I think it was John D. Mac­Don­ald who said in one of his books (oft quot­ed by my hus­band when I ask ‘why’ for the umpteenth time!) “The sign of an intel­li­gent mind is ask­ing ‘why?’ ” I’ve been ask­ing ‘why?’ almost from […]

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Broken Baby Syndrome

Oct 15th, 2012

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Some who read this may find it a strange title but oth­ers of you who have worked with chil­dren from chal­lenged envi­ron­ments like orphan­ages, or seen chil­dren abused in many of its forms in dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments, will under­stand what I am writ­ing about. When I say ‘bro­ken’ I mean babies who are emo­tion­al­ly and psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly […]

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“That’ll Never Work”

Oct 15th, 2012

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How many times have I heard that phrase in the almost 40 years I’ve lived here in Amer­i­ca? The oth­er ver­sion of it is “You can’t do that”. I first heard “You can’t do that” from a lawyer whose advice I asked (and paid for) when I was con­sid­er­ing edu­cat­ing our sons at home. When […]

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The Time Has Come!

Oct 15th, 2012

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I’ve just read a very thought­ful paper on pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice as it relates to the ear­ly care of chil­dren. It was­n’t writ­ten by an Amer­i­can researcher. I can’t quite tell you why it is that much of what is writ­ten for the Amer­i­can aca­d­e­m­ic mar­ket is bound up total­ly in the­o­ry — those who write […]

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Tiny Babies In Care

Oct 15th, 2012

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Last month I vis­it­ed a young friend who had her baby just three weeks before. He was born nat­u­ral­ly but appar­ent­ly about a month ear­ly, weigh­ing just over 6lbs and need­ing eleven days in the NICU. He now weighs 7lbs 11oz, I believe thanks to his mum nurs­ing him (or at least pro­vid­ing him breast […]

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