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I acknowledge that a lot of what I write is rather heavy to digest.  These often aren't fluff pieces here that you share for fun.  Sometimes I get emails or comments from people telling me they basically couldn't finish the piece for lack of figuring out what the heck was going on.  So I thought I'd have a little fun with what I do and see how truly awkward my articles could … [Read more...]

‘It’s Just a Little Cortisol’: Why Rises in Cortisol Matter to Infant Development

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A couple years ago a preliminary study came out looking at the cortisol levels of infants undergoing extinction sleep training[1].  You see, for ages people had tried to claim that infants didn’t experience distress during this type of extinction sleep training.  They were simply “protesting” and were quite fine being left to cry on their own.  The researchers found that, on … [Read more...]

Sleep Training IS A Feminist Issue (Just Not in the Way You Think)

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To read the piece in German, click here thanks to Nora Imlau! There’s a piece making the rounds claiming that sleep training is a feminist issue.  In a nutshell, the author argues that because women disproportionately handle night time care (and the associated sleeplessness), that we need to support sleep training (specifically extinction methods like cry-it-out and … [Read more...]

Risky Parenting

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There’s a lot of discussion about risk these days, especially in the realm of parenting.  More specifically, there’s a massive backlash against any perceived risk that parents might take with the life of their child.  We can see it in comments about formula feeding, bedsharing, switching a car seat to forward facing at one year, sleep training, daycare, leaving a child … [Read more...]

Review: The Discontented Little Baby Book

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I have to start this review with an apology.  I received this book a while ago and had fully intended on reviewing it in October.  Then the proverbial sh!t hit the fan in my personal life and everything got pushed aside.  I was finally able to start reading this over the holidays and can write up on it now.  Why apologize?  Because this means there has been three months in … [Read more...]

“I’m an overly-educated stay-at-home mom”

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Last week I was at a party with my daughter for a friend’s daughter.  We were classmates together in graduate school, obtaining our M.A.s in Clinical Psychology together and while I switched over to the Developmental program for my Ph.D., she stayed in Clinical for a couple years before leaving the program when she had her first child. Her choice wasn’t that she truly wanted … [Read more...]

That Similac Ad (You Know the One)

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Similac has won the Internet and marketing in general with a new ad that has most moms crying out "Yes!" Here it is for context (potential trigger warning for implied possible harm to child): I'll be honest, I didn't like it.  At all.  I appreciate what they've done, but I didn't like it.  At first I chose to ignore it.  After all, I didn't like it, but many others … [Read more...]

Eco Play: 7 Eco-Friendly Activities for Kids

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Play is fun and kids need to play.  It doesn't mean we can't offer some cool ways to help them learn about and help the environment at the same time.  Here are 7 activities that they can take part in that will not only help them learn and help the environment, but should be pretty fun too. Build your own greenhouse with plastic bottles Upcycle your plastic bottles with … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Pain, and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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A new study has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine reporting a higher risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in boys who have undergone infant circumcision[1].  Not just some small increased risk either, but a risk in the range of approximately 80%.  What prompted this research?  How good is the research?  What take-home messages are there? The … [Read more...]

Review: Pin Pix Board from Art to Frames

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Early in December, I received a message from a woman called Mimi.  She worked for Art to Frames and wanted to know if I was willing to review their product.  I warned her that I don’t guarantee a good review, but that I’d be happy to give it a shot.  Having never heard of the company, I had no idea what they offered except I figured it had to do with art and framing.  We like … [Read more...]