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An Appreciation of Patty Wipfler

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“Children function best when they feel connected to someone who cares about them. Play, laughter, roughhousing, cuddling, and warm, enthusiastic attention all build a child’s sense of connection with us.” 

— Patty Wipfler, the founder of Hand In Hand Parenting

On Thursday July 28, 2011, from 9-10 pm Eastern Daylight Time, I will join Patty on a Hand in Hand teleseminar about the benefits of roughhousing, especially for highly active children (and their exasperated parents!).  The teleseminar is free but advance registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/3rmvxbr.  Please call in.

It’s a great honor for me to share the stage with Patty, since she has been my mentor and teacher ever since I first met her 21 years ago, when my daughter was a baby and we went to one of her amazing family workshops.  Since then I have read and reread all of her writings (these are available—many of them for free—at handinhandparenting.org) and I have attended as many workshops as I could.  Among the things I’ve learned from her are:  how to reach out to an angry child; the importance of listening to children’s tears and fears; the value of one-on-one special time; the problem with time-outs (and what to do instead); and most of all, the value of roughhousing.  She conveys an incredible admiration and compassion for every parent, no matter how big the struggles they face.  And she’s an Olympic-level pillow fighter!  So check out her articles, books, podcasts and recordings.

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