Preschool ~ the first steps in separateness

The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent. ~Erich Fromm Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change. ~Stephen Covey I used to say to my children, "My job as a mother is not to do for you, but to teach you to do for yourselves." This is the hardest thing we do as parents, this letting go, this sitting on your own hands, in order to let your child develop the indepen

What if you don't vaccinate your child?

What If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Child? Your child is at risk for developing a vaccine-preventable disease Vaccines were developed to protect people from dangerous and often fatal diseases. These diseases remain a threat. Vaccines are safe and effective protection. Influenza or “flu” is a serious respiratory disease that can be deadly. Healthy babies and toddlers are especially vulnerable to complications from influenza. Every year children in the United States die from influenza. Pertussis or “whooping cough” is an extremely dangerous disease for babies. It is not easily treated and can result in permanent brain damage or death. Since the 1980s, the number of cases of whooping cough has inc

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