Designed to assist new parents and caregivers of infants in developing capable and confident children, this book was written by a great grandmother and founder of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE). Its philosophy is a developmental approach to child-rearing based on the principles of trusting your child (or charge) as a self learner, providing a safe and challenging environment, allowing uninterrupted play time, involving the child in care giving activities, providing time to explore with other children, and consistent limits and expectations. She implores parents to be keen observers of their infants to determine their needs rather than constantly interfering or guiding their learning. Basic trust in the infant, and vice versa, is the key to her philosophy. The book is divided into three sections: How RIE Can Benefit your baby, Your Baby at the Beginning of Life, and As Your Child Grows: Toddlerhood and its Challenges. It includes discussions on everything from the qualities of a good parent, selecting childcare, to headbanging, rocking and repetitive behaviors. It is a thorough examination of many of the challenges new parents will encounter, and its use of parents' actual experiences adds authenticity.
Causes Allison Johnson Supports
The Imagine Foundation
Joshua Tree National Park Association
Twentynine Palms Historical Society