Practising What We Preach

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Since starting Evolutionary Parenting, I have been blessed to meet some truly wonderful people who, like me, are passionate about helping families looking for a path in parenting that is so different from what our mainstream society tells us we ought to do.  I don’t think people realize how hard it is to consistently be faced with the backlash of sharing information or trying … [Read more...]

Bedsharing and Formula Feeding

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

Sleeping with your baby is as old as human history.  It is a biological norm for our babies to want to be close to us (and for most of us, for us to be close to them).  It is a practice that has been condemned in our current society, with fears of suffocation and SIDS leading the way, and most parents have been told flat-out to avoid it.  However, the practice is increasing as … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Six things you may not know about the Foster Care Process

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Tracy's Note: I am someone who constantly thinks about the foster system.  There is such a need for GOOD foster parents, but it seems most people don't know a lot of the information they should.  This guest post was provided to me to share with you what you need to know if you're considering fostering.  I hope more people will so we get to a stage where entering the foster … [Read more...]

Tantrums: Moving Beyond the Black and White of Ignoring or Giving In

Steps for Dealing with a Tantrum

Abstract In this article I discuss what a tantrum is, why the typical responses are incorrect, and a method for handling tantrums that will help families in the long-term.  Contrary to popular belief, a tantrum is not a means for a child to piss you off, but rather to express overwhelming emotions that the child is struggling with.  The ideas of “trying to get attention” or … [Read more...]

“Shut the Door and Walk Away”

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Another baby expert in Australia is making headlines talking about his method of helping over 10,000 families over 30 years reach a full night’s sleep (or as it was reported).  That method?  Get your baby ready for bed, put them in their crib in their own room by 7pm, shut the door, then don’t open it until 7am.  Walk away and ignore the crying, even if the child is crying for … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Beyond Infancy: The Question of Independence

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Abstract: Bedsharing in Western cultures is often looked down upon and considered socially inappropriate.  In the younger ages, safety fears run rampant, but even when these fears subside, bedsharing remains taboo.  The largest cultural concern with bedsharing beyond infancy is that somehow it will stifle a child's social development, particularly in the realm of independence. … [Read more...]

What Does It Take For Breastfeeding Success?

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My daughter first latched within 15 or so minutes of birth and she latched great.  My milk came in early and my daughter never lost more than 5% of her weight (despite my having an epidural which is often associated with a larger weight loss because of fluid retention; though perhaps how late I had it speaks to that, I don’t know).  My supply was never a problem, she never had … [Read more...]

Porn, Hacking, and Parenting

This weekend we woke up Sunday morning to the news that the parenting advice we hope helps families out was no longer doing that.  Instead, our lovely site decided people needed something a little more, shall we say, risqué?  Yes, those of you that tried to come by over the weekend (especially those of you on mobile devices) were likely treated to a good old dose of porn. If … [Read more...]

Educating the Jasseys – Lesson Three: Myths and Truths of Sleep and Sleep Training

Source: "The Newborn Sleep Book"

We’ve finally made it...  The “real” chapters are upon us.  Over 8500 of my words later and we’ve managed to get to Page 1.  I would hope by now that most people (including yourselves) are able to see some of the folly in what has been written, but we must now start to address the meat of your program and your beliefs.  You start logically enough with a chapter on the “myths … [Read more...]

Educating the Jasseys – Lesson Three: Myths and Truths of Feeding and Sleep

Source: "The Newborn Sleep Book"

We’ve finally made it...  The “real” chapters are upon us.  Over 8500 of my words later and we’ve managed to get to Page 1.  I would hope by now that most people (including yourselves) are able to see some of the folly in what has been written, but we must now start to address the meat of your program and your beliefs.  You start logically enough with a chapter on the “myths … [Read more...]