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Cry. It’s Not the Cry—it’s the Crying Alone

  I was taught that babies cry. I knew that, but what I didn’t know was all the causes of the crying. Soiled diapers, fatigue, gas, missing binkies, teething, growing pains, and any great number of other maladies can cause an infant to cry, howl, keen, lament, yowl, bawl, and bewail. As parents, it’s our […]

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Discipline as the Opposite of Punishment

Classic Disciplinarian

Discipline, not punishment. Discipline is always a word with which I had a difficult relationship. It’s Latin-based, and the roots include definitive phrases like “”treatment that corrects or punishes” or “order necessary for instruction.” I think that’s the basis for contemporary understanding of the word—it has become a synonym of the word “punish”. It starts […]

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