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”

Source: Unknown

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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One of the biggest responses when people hear you bedshare in our Western society is that your child will never learn independence.  You will forever be tied to your child, they will refuse to sleep alone, and you’ll spend your life having to care for them.  This is especially true if you bedshare beyond that young infancy period (and of course if you bedshare during infancy, … [Read more...]

What Does It Take For Breastfeeding Success?

Source: Unknown

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...]

Educating the Jasseys – Lesson Three: Myths and Truths of Early Parenting

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...]

Sing for SUDC Challenge

Source: The Progressive Parent

Recently the Ice Bucket Challenge made massive headlines and raised millions of dollars for ALS.  I'm thrilled for the families who have suffered watching a family member succumb to ALS - having anyone you love die is heart-wrenching.  I have buried the three women in my life who helped shape me in less than two years and although only one went before her time (my mother), I … [Read more...]

Does Bedsharing Cause “Sleep Problems”?

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

A study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics[1] has made rounds recently with a bold claim that bedsharing actually harms infant sleep at 18 months by doubling the risk of “sleep problems”.  Having read the entire study I can say I’m rather confused by their claims given the data and feel the research really only speaks to one thing: Providing normative … [Read more...]