This past weekend I gathered together with my sisters and brothers and families to recognize and celebrate our eldest brother’s milestone birthday.

It was a sharing of love, caring, respect, and humor that flowed throughout the evening in this “teasing, laughing, all-talking-at one-time” family.

And the warmth of it resonates with me even now as I sit here writing this at home in La Crosse.

As parents, recognizing the benchmarks and the milestones in our families’ lives, even the simplest ones, is so significant as we weave the tapestry of our lives together.  It offers us connection, a sense of history, of growth, of love, of community.

It enriches our soul.

On Saturday, June 11th, The Parenting Place is holding their dedication of  The Parenting Place Pacifier Tree in The Parenting Place’s backyard play space.

For those families with young children who cherish their pacifiers, it is often a difficult transition when the time comes to give them up.

So The Parenting Place is borrowing a custom from  Scandinavian countries, where in many children’s parks, there is a Pacifier Tree.  When a child comes to the age when he/she is ready to give up their pacifier, the child and his/her family go to one of these trees and hangs his/her pacifier(s), bedecked in ribbons, from one of the branches.

Then often the family continues on to celebrate this rite-of -passage with a delicious treat to further commemorate the occasion.

This simple gesture, this simple milestone can provide a sense of completion, of accomplishment, of growth, of pride, support, and recognition in this young child’s life.

The Parenting Place likes this idea and so The Pacifier Tree will be available to families and their children to come and hang their treasured “binky” from its branches when the time is right for them.


Celebrating milestones.

The Dedication of The Parenting Place Pacifier Tree, Saturday June 11th from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at The Parenting Place backyard play area, 1500 Green Bay St.

Come join us and enjoy simple Springtime activities and treats!




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