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Painful Lessons

6-27-13 By Claudia Quigg I recently joined Dr. T. Berry Brazelton in the celebration of his 95th birthday.  A great storyteller, Berry regaled me with tales from his long, interesting life, including stories he shares in his new autobiography, Learning … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

6-20-13 By Claudia Quigg The plane had touched down, but the young mother was still flying high.   She was traveling through three airports with her one and four-year-old children to visit relatives several states away.   Hauling a diaper … Continue reading

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Dads Matter

6-13-13 By Claudia Quigg It was surprise to me when I heard a gifted young man comment that he will never be successful because he’s just “not smart enough.” Startled by his observation, I asked him what he meant.  By … Continue reading

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Being the Baby

6/6/13 By Claudia Quigg Two-year-old Gabby strode confidently into the play group.  When I asked where her big sister was, she replied soberly, “At ‘chool.”  Gabby was more than glad to have a “’chool” of her own to attend that … Continue reading

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Postponing Parenthood

5/30/13 By Claudia Quigg Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel “State of Wonder” tells the story of medical researchers studying an Amazonian tribe in which woman routinely bear children into their seventies. The idea of developing a pill to replace exhausting and … Continue reading

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Connectedness

5/23/13 By Claudia Quigg From our first breath, we seek connection. Newborns blink against the bright lights, then scan their surroundings until they catch sight of their parents’ faces. Their eyes light up as they fix their gaze on a … Continue reading

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Parenting in Dog Years

5-16-13 By Claudia Quigg Time drags for kids who don’t have awareness of the passing days.  While seasons rush by in a blur for busy adults, young children may feel that winter lasts forever.   Most adults will recall the … Continue reading

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Exhausted and Guilty

5-9-13 By Claudia Quigg A dad of three little boys recently blogged about his frustration with middle-aged people telling him he should “cherish this time” with his kids, adding their warning that “It goes so fast!”   He loves his … Continue reading

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Parenting is Primal

5-2-13 By Claudia Quigg A new baby monitor has more bells and whistles than ever before.  This monitor maintains information on everything about a baby:  the temperature in his crib, how deeply asleep the baby is, and even exactly how … Continue reading

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Practicing Peace

4-26-13 By Claudia Quigg The human family provides a great laboratory for learning about what works—and what doesn’t—in relationships.   Siblings are predisposed to competition because their very existence depends on their winning favor with their parents.  Scrambling to the … Continue reading

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