Young children thrive on the freedom to explore, to develop in their own way and in their own time. That’s one of the driving principles behind Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®), a parenting approach founded in 1978 by Gerber and pediatric neurologist Tom Forrest, M.D.
RIE® is based on respecting babies for who they are: unique, competent human beings.
RIE® honors babies — even infants — as equal participants in relationships, rather than passive recipients of our care. At the same time, RIE® honors parents, recognizing that we must balance our own needs with those of our children.
I consider RIE® a gift to both children and parents, as it sets the stage for deep, life-long connections based on mutual trust.
When you incorporate the RIE® approach into your daily life, parenting feels less demanding and more joyful. At the same time, your child feels secure and valued as an individual. I often hear from parents, “RIE® actually makes parenting easier!”