What's the Buzz?

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Parenting is packed with buzzwords that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

BUZZ TERM: RIE Parenting

WHAT IT MEANS: RIE Parenting, or "Resources for Infant Educarers," is a parenting method that emphasizes respect for babies and young children. RIE views children as equals in relationships, with the intention of cultivating authenticity and respect. In contrast with hovering parenting styles, RIE encourages parents and caregivers to allow the child's innate capacity to develop skills and discover the world around them. No bouncy seats, exersaucers or sitting supports are part of the RIE environment, as infants are given space to interact with one another, stand when they're ready and safely explore.

WHERE IT COMES FROM: Educator Magda Gerber formalized her infant-education theories in 1978 when she founded Resources for Infant Educarers and began offering courses and workshops for parents and childcare professionals. To find out more, visit rie.org or read Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE Way by Deborah Carlisle Solomon.

-Melissa Boyd