News – September 2020

Keep up to date on everything happening at Evolutionary Parenting.

Welcome to Evolutionary Parenting!  There are a few new things that have come up here recently as well as some upcoming events in September that people may be interested in joining.  If you have any questions about any of these items, please pop me an email at tracy@evolutionaryparenting.com.

SALE!  The Back to Basics Course on infant and toddler sleep is now 50% off for the rest of September or until spots are full.  You can find out more and register here

NEW Publication!  I am so pleased to announce that an article I have co-written with Dr. Jennie Rosier of Madison University has been published in the Journal of Family Issues.  The article – entitled ‘From “Crying Expands the Lungs” to to “You’re Going to Spoil That Baby”: How the Cry-It-Out Method Became Authoritative Knowledge’ – focuses on how we got to the stage we are in now in terms of the dominance of the sleep training paradigm for families.  You can check out the abstract here and if you’d like a copy of the article, pop me an email.

UPCOMING Talks and Events.

I am pleased to share that I will be taking part in a few online events this month.  First is the Nurturing Motherhood Event taking place on Facebook through Pinky McKay’s page.  This event is going on all of September and my talks will be going on the weekend of September 18th.  You can check out all the details on the event page here.

I am also very pleased to announce I’ll be taking part in an online webinar on helping our children cope during this pandemic crisis.  The event is taking place through the Institute for Birth, Breath, and Death and I will be speaking along with Naima Beckles, a doula and the founder of For Your Birth.  The event is taking place on September 29th at 5pm EDT.  There will be a recording after for those who cannot make it.  You can register for the event here.

I am also in planning stages for some other Facebook live events and will keep everyone posted on my Facebook pages for those.  You can join me on Facebook here or here.

Courses Back Online.  Spots are available in all of the parenting courses for the month of September, including the Raising Orchids course which had sold out in August.  All courses now have FREE samples available so you can get a better idea of what you are getting.  Each bit of content is just a section of the first week (not the entire first week).

Science and Sleep Training: The Hidden Truth.  For those of you who work as Lactation Consultants or for anyone who is interested, I have a continuing education module created by me and run through Breastfeeding Conferences Australia.  The topic is a thorough review of the science surrounding sleep training claims and how well it holds up (hint: not very well).  The module has been approved for 3 L-CERPs and is available until the end of 2020.  You can find out more here.

What is Evolutionary Parenting?

In short: Understanding how we evolved to parent.

The longer answer is that it is a philosophy surrounding parenting that involves biology, history, neuroscience, anthropology, and developmental psychology.  We as humans have evolved in a particular manner, and the parent-child relationship is no different.  Children, especially babies, expect certain behaviours from their caregivers and research is starting to understand both how deviations from these expectations affect child development and the bidirectional nature of the child-parent relationship.  Of course, not all people can or want to parent our children based on their biology.  In this realm, Evolutionary Parenting focuses on the idea that anytime we deviate from a known biological norm, we should have good reason and try to mimic biological processes as much as possible in order to minimize disruptions to later outcomes and child well-being.
In addition to the philosophy, Evolutionary Parenting is about understanding and integrating research into our decision making process.  In today’s day and age, there is almost too much information and too many choices for parents to make, meaning researching decisions could become a full-time job.  Yet often what parents are told is “evidence-based” is lacking in good evidence, or the evidence that does exist only speaks to one outcome whilst ignoring others.  Thus, summarizing and integrating research is an essential part of Evolutionary Parenting, with a clear focus on discussing the quality of individual pieces of research and how it aligns with the philosophy outlined above.
You can read more on what is Evolutionary Parenting here.

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