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"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice"

Peggy O’Mara


I’m Jaclyn. I’m Mammy to my two young boys and I’m a Speech and Language Therapist. When I became a parent my two worlds; parenting and Speech and Language Therapy, came together and grew in to a passion around how we communicate with our children in a respectful way.I found it difficult to get support with this, many books had a “how to” approach which felt too “expert led” and controlling. I eventually came across RIE® - Resources for Infant Educaring. The principles around this philosophy, developed by Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber, are rooted in respect, authenticity and trust. Where respect for the child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique, capable, human being. I am a student of RIE® and have taken the RIE® Foundations Course.

Life through Little Eyes came about as a way for me to reflect on my parenting and learn from the mistakes I make each day. Parenting with focus on connection, setting boundaries respectfully, accepting all emotions and staying calm is the goal but we’re human and this is extremely tough to do as it challenges traditional parenting and the way society sees children. It requires energy and conscious effort and a lot of digging deep. However, I believe it’s worth it.

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