blog – Harley Rotbart https://www.harleyrotbart.com Parenting expert, author, speaker, and educator Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:13:30 -0600 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 65168253 No Regrets Parenting Moments with Even the Youngest Infants https://www.harleyrotbart.com/no-regrets-parenting-moments-even-youngest-infants/ https://www.harleyrotbart.com/no-regrets-parenting-moments-even-youngest-infants/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:13:30 +0000 https://www.harleyrotbart.com/?p=5860 I get letters. Lots of letters. This one from a mom in Horsham, Pennsylvania and really touched me – both for her kind words about “No Regrets Parenting” and for her creative applications of its principles (excerpted with her permission): Dear Dr. Rotbart: Thank you for your book, “No Regrets Parenting.” I have a new […]

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I get letters. Lots of letters. This one from a mom in Horsham, Pennsylvania and really touched me – both for her kind words about “No Regrets Parenting” and for her creative applications of its principles (excerpted with her permission):

Dear Dr. Rotbart:

Thank you for your book, “No Regrets Parenting.” I have a new baby and I’m already reading your work, trying to lay the foundations for time well spent with my son.  I’m already putting into practice my own methods for making the most of my time with my baby. When he was first born, I’d sit him in his bouncy chair and go about my business — making dinner, making his bottles, washing dishes, etc. I’d turn my back to him, obsessed with an endless “to do” list. He was also born this past December, so I had cards to write, presents to wrap, baking to do, the usual holiday activities. Once I received your book, I thought, WAIT A MINUTE. I can be making special memories with my baby just by including him in my daily tasks (in addition to special activities with him such as stories, playtime, etc.). So I moved that bouncy seat right next to me as I did dishes, showing him the different utensils, how to turn on water, how I wash, dry, and put away. I make his bottles and show them to him, put his hands around them to pretend to “shake” the formula. I show him the food I buy at the store at as I put it away, moving his hands to feel texture, showing him color, maybe even putting some things under his nose! Of course , this is all a lot of work. It would be easier to sit him down in his chair, or put him in his crib, and go about my tasks. As I’ve read in your book, it’s ok to occupy kids to “pull the house together” or get other things done, sometimes we parents have to. But your book caused me to switch my thinking from “he’s just a baby” like there wasn’t much I could do with him, and now I involve him in everything. There are so many ways to make memories with a baby, in the everyday things. It takes more effort but it’s worth it. The day feels much fuller and richer and doesn’t go as fast. He’s only 3 1/2 months old but already I’m worried the time will go quickly.

I look forward to get more ideas to practice as he gets older. I’m having children later in life (40!) and I want to make the most of my time, even when I return to work this May from my maternity leave. It’s so funny, he was a newborn and I was Googling, “how to slow time down,” as if it were possible. But your book is a wonderful start for laying a foundation for a childhood and adolescence full of “not wasted” moments and opportunities for engagement.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Stephanie S.
Horsham, PA

 

 

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Milestone Madness – Don’t be a Victim! https://www.harleyrotbart.com/milestone-madness-dont-victim/ https://www.harleyrotbart.com/milestone-madness-dont-victim/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:07:36 +0000 https://www.harleyrotbart.com/?p=5858 Parents obsess about their kids’ milestones. They shouldn’t. My recent post for Parents Magazine explains why – click here!

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Parents obsess about their kids’ milestones. They shouldn’t. My recent post for Parents Magazine explains why – click here!

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I Surrender! FaceTime and Skype are Great for Young Kids! https://www.harleyrotbart.com/surrender-facetime-skype-great-young-kids/ https://www.harleyrotbart.com/surrender-facetime-skype-great-young-kids/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:03:01 +0000 https://www.harleyrotbart.com/?p=5856 The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its mind – it says it’s now okay for even the youngest infants to FaceTime or Skype. As a new grandparent, I couldn’t agree more (which is also a change of mind). Click here to read my “surrender” post for Parents Magazine.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its mind – it says it’s now okay for even the youngest infants to FaceTime or Skype. As a new grandparent, I couldn’t agree more (which is also a change of mind). Click here to read my “surrender” post for Parents Magazine.

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A Memorable Dinner with Teenagers https://www.harleyrotbart.com/memorable-dinner-teenagers/ https://www.harleyrotbart.com/memorable-dinner-teenagers/#respond Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:23:30 +0000 http://www.harleyrotbart.com/?p=5822 My recent post for Parents Magazine told the story of a remarkable dinner with a group of teenagers who showed maturity beyond their years. Their responses to a provocative discussion question give us some useful lessons in how to get our kids to stop making excuses. The question they were asked: Imagine you are an astronaut on the […]

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My recent post for Parents Magazine told the story of a remarkable dinner with a group of teenagers who showed maturity beyond their years. Their responses to a provocative discussion question give us some useful lessons in how to get our kids to stop making excuses. The question they were asked:

Imagine you are an astronaut on the space shuttle and suddenly there’s a terrible mechanical malfunction. Your craft begins drifting out into space, never to return. You have two minutes left for a final message your children. What would you tell them?”

To see the kids’ answers, and share my 3 lessons to teach your own children, click here

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What a New Grandfather Advises Young Dads https://www.harleyrotbart.com/new-grandfather-advises-young-dads/ https://www.harleyrotbart.com/new-grandfather-advises-young-dads/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:42:08 +0000 http://www.harleyrotbart.com/?p=5801 On Father’s Day this year, I posted some advice in Parents Magazine for young dads. I was one myself, once, but now I see the world a little differently as a new grandfather. Click here for my post from Parents Magazine:  

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On Father’s Day this year, I posted some advice in Parents Magazine for young dads. I was one myself, once, but now I see the world a little differently as a new grandfather. Click here for my post from Parents Magazine:

 

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Motherhood, Full Circle https://www.harleyrotbart.com/motherhood-full-circle/ https://www.harleyrotbart.com/motherhood-full-circle/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 03:50:23 +0000 http://www.harleyrotbart.com/?p=5793 This Mother’s Day, as we welcome our daughter-in-law to motherhood with our first grandchild, we pay tribute to our own moms and ask only one thing of them – let us begin to repay the many, many blessings you gave to us when we were little. It’s time for us to take care of you […]

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This Mother’s Day, as we welcome our daughter-in-law to motherhood with our first grandchild, we pay tribute to our own moms and ask only one thing of them – let us begin to repay the many, many blessings you gave to us when we were little. It’s time for us to take care of you in your days of need, and we welcome the chance.

My Mother’s Day post for Parents Magazine, click here:

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Helping your parents transition to grandparenthood https://www.harleyrotbart.com/helping-parents-transition-grandparenthood/ https://www.harleyrotbart.com/helping-parents-transition-grandparenthood/#respond Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:24:00 +0000 http://www.harleyrotbart.com/?p=5786 It’s hard to remember sometimes, when your parents are getting on your nerves about your parenting style and choices, but becoming new grandparents can be almost as disorienting and challenging as becoming new parents. Here’s my 7 tips for helping your parents make the transition – and helping you cope while they do. Click here […]

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It’s hard to remember sometimes, when your parents are getting on your nerves about your parenting style and choices, but becoming new grandparents can be almost as disorienting and challenging as becoming new parents. Here’s my 7 tips for helping your parents make the transition – and helping you cope while they do. Click here for my latest post for Parents Magazine.

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