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Within Western cultures, self-sufficiency is highly prized. When we talk about children we talk of self-regulation, self-settling, and independence. And when we say, ‘independence’ in reference to children we almost always mean that the children are self-sufficient rather than autonomous. In terms of emotions, there’s a persistent cultural tendency to believe that the earlier children […]

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Little Baby Girl Crying, not a happy baby

I recently gave an ignite presentation on self-soothing, ‘Self-soothing during infancy and toddlerhood: Our dangerous misconceptions’, at the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science’s international conference in Sydney.  An ignite presentation is quite a unique style of presentation!  You get 5 minutes and 20 slides and the slides auto-advance.  I’ve recorded my ignite presentation and uploaded […]

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