Inspired by the work
of Magda Gerber

RIE™ founder and passionate advocate for children and parents, Magda Gerber, invited caregivers to “see children with new eyes.” The Authentic Nest offers Parent-Child classes during which caregivers have a unique opportunity to do just this, as they observe their child’s play in a thoughtfully prepared environment. Following playtime, a period of reflection and discussion with the class facilitator, and other parents in the small group, often brings new insight on the children’s current stage of development. These weekly classes are a safe place for parents to share their struggles and celebrate their successes. Sound interesting? Let The Authentic Nest support you on your unique parenting journey with a philosophy that makes educating and caring for infants and toddlers, easier and more enjoyable.

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RIE™ stands for Resources for Infant Educarers and is pronounced “rye.” Magda Gerber founded RIE™ in 1978. Her parenting philosophy is rooted in the belief that all children are whole people and are worthy of respect. We show respect for the very youngest members of our society through our daily interactions with them.

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The RIE™ parenting approach is practical and fosters mutual respect within the family, often leading to a more peaceful home environment. The theories presented through RIE™ not only make our job as caregivers more enjoyable and successful, they add a level of richness to the childcare experience. They stretch us and engage our hearts and minds, opening our eyes to a new view of infants, and often of ourselves.

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RIE™-inspired Parent-Child classes are such a gift to both parent and child. In these unique classes the child enjoys the freedom to explore a play space specifically designed for them. They are welcome to navigate the room physically, cognitively, and emotionally with the support of both their caregiver and the class facilitator.

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My favorite thing about the time my family has spent working with Rachel is the way she took time to learn about my children and to see them for who they are. It is clear that she is passionate about supporting children in their individual needs as they grow and develop! I’m thankful for the way she genuinely cares for my children and for the way she is able to communicate her knowledge of child development with families in a supportive and judgement free way. – Lindsay

Rachel and I have attended several RIE and Montessori trainings together. I am always astounded by her insightfulness when observing infants and toddlers and working with their parents. She is caring, supportive, and non-judgmental as she guides parents through the most formative years in their child’s development. Rachel is a naturally compassionate, empathetic, and authentic person. These qualities make her the perfect partner on your parenting journey. – Jessica

Rachel is both a gifted teacher and caregiver. I took her classes when my son was a newborn and was graciously met with not just a set of parenting tools but a way to communicate and care for my child that has lasted into his elementary school years. Rachel has a wealth of knowledge in the realms of infant and toddler development and her help gave me confidence during a stage of parenting that I thought I would be a natural and in fact I struggled with. Her classes are both a gift to your child and to yourself. -Liz

Rachel was my go-to for advice on young children long before I had one of my own. Rachel has studied and engaged in learning opportunities for many many years in an effort to understand children and their needs from infancy through early childhood. She’s respectful as a consultant to adults and she is most importantly respectful of the child. I refer to things she’s taught me over the years on a regular basis. I highly recommend any opportunity to spend time with Rachel to grow as a parent, guardian, or friend of young children. You will walk away with an enhanced perspective. – Beth

I met Rachel when my daughter was 1 and she introduced me to RIE and respectful parenting. Needless to say, she changed our parenting trajectory in the best way. She always has the best advice when I need it, and the knowledge to support in the gentlest of ways. – Nicci

As someone new to the journey of respectful parenting, Rachel’s approach and mentorship have been invaluable to me and my family. She can listen to my fears and worries and then gently remind me what is actually in my control, and what my children are likely looking for. Alongside that knowledge, she regularly reminds me to engage in the process as a full human–my needs and comfort also matter in the way I guide and partner with my children. She is a cheerleader for parents and children alike, and her intuitive capacities are incredible. Please sign up for her classes! You won’t regret it. I’m not exaggerating when I say it will change your life. – Bethany

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