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Respectful Child Care Is Also Self-care For The Parent

A Conversation with Dorothy Marleen, Early Childhood Expert, UK.

In this warm conversation, Dorothy Marleen, Early Childhood & Parenting Expert, shares her profound experiences about the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler and how we can practice daily care routines mindfully, so that the child feels deeply nourished and is able to spend time on his own afterwards. There is no need to entertain our baby all the time. On the contrary, we parents have the freedom to either find some time for ourselves or to do the work that needs to get done.

Duration 21:04

Who was dr. Emmi Pikler and what is the Pikler Approach?

Dr. Emmi Pikler, (1902-1984) was a Hungarian pediatrician known for revolutionizing how we think about and care for babies and small children. Her fundamental attitude was that children, however young, should be recognized as individual and complete people. She showed what a newborn needs in order to be able to grow up satisfied and at peace with himself. Her main principles are: Respectful care, Autonomous Motor Development and Self-initiated, Free Play. Want to read more? Please click here

A personal note from Pia Dögl, parenting advocate & founder of Beginning Well Everyday

How the Pikler Approach has influenced my work
The Pikler approach changed my attitude and how I think about babies fundamentally. I became aware that even my newborn totally senses when I respect her, when I am empathetic with her – even when I have no idea of how I can help her, for example, when she is crying. My presence, my dedication and willingness to feel with her without distracting her from her feelings or trying to make her stop crying makes her feel seen and appreciated for who she is.

How often did I just, for example, pick her up or dress her without telling her what I intended to do or without observing her physical reactions? How different do I feel when I go to the doctor, when I’m  feeling worried and insecure and then I feel totally seen, empathetically and gently touched by my caregiver? Babies and toddlers experience the same thing. Want to read more about the Pikler approach? Please click here

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