#28: Exploring Parenting Styles: RIE with Erica Orosco Cruz

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Child development, Developmental Play, New parent, Parenting, Podcast, Pregnancy

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

Parenting styles


Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

#28: Exploring Parenting Styles: RIE

with Erica Orosco Cruz


Finding your own personal parenting style when you first have a baby takes time. There are so many people and approaches to glean from as you find what works best for you. One thing I love about the RIE approach to parenting is how it honors to the dignity of each child by speaking to them with respect, giving them time to respond on their own, which promotes self-awareness and autonomy. 

In this episode, I chat with early childhood specialist and parent coach Erica Orosco Cruz. She helps children, families, and teachers thrive and grow together on the foundation of mutual respect. She is certified through RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) and the state of California and is also trained in the Waldorf methods.

Erica’s passion for supporting families stems from her own experience as a mother of 4 boys (ranging in ages from 2 to 25!), and as a daughter who set out to parent in a different way than she was as a child.

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Plus, Erica is offering this gift to our listeners, her recent Parent Workshop: The Potential of Play!

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [02:16] What is RIE?
  • [05:24] How your baby can be an active participant in their care
  • [07:32] How (and why!) you can leave your baby alone in one room, while you’re in another
  • [11:20] When your baby trusts you they feel free to do things independently
  • [16:26] Where you can go to learn about RIE
  • [18:50] Can you begin RIE anytime, even if your child is older?
  • [20:32] How do children do in school after experiencing RIE in the early years?

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One last thing. I spend time each morning in meditation and would love to pray for you, your child or whatever’s on your heart. Simply email me and let me know how to pray. It can be as simple just your name or you can give a short explanation. Either way you can trust that I will do it. It’s a simple, quiet way for us to connect and for me to support you on your parenting journey. 🧡



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I’m a child development specialist, parent coach and teacher trainer. I’ve cared for countless babies in child development programs, plus 3 kids, 4 grand babies and 5 foster babies! I LOVE babies and would come hold yours if I could. ❤️

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