Guest Post: Learning To Trust Our Children Through Sleep Struggles

Source: Taylor Davis

By Taylor Davis I share this story, even though it’s hard, because I know there are so many families struggling with altered sleep schedules during their early parenting years.  In some ways, I wish I didn’t have the story to even share, but the fact that it happened can’t be changed and I hope that by sharing, I’ll encourage other families to listen to their instincts and … [Read more...]

Understanding the Important Relationship Between Sleep and Feeding Method

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

There are two new research articles out that complement each other quite nicely and highlight a very critical issue when it comes to parenting: The relationship between breastfeeding and infant sleep.  Although many “experts” like to ignore that sleep patterns will differ in crucial ways (and not others) when a child is exclusively breastfed, the fact is that feeding method can … [Read more...]

Some of the Best Parenting Books (Updated)

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Previously, I shared a piece on the worst parenting books out there.  Well, clearly we need to offer an alternative, yes?  I am pleased to share what I believe to be some of the best parenting books on the market.  Is this list all inclusive?  Absolutely not even close!  I was so happy to know how difficult it was to narrow things down.  I try to avoid some of the more go-to … [Read more...]

When Anger Isn’t Really Anger: The Relationship Between Fear and Anger

Source: I-Change

This other weekend my daughter learned to ride a two-wheeler bike (no training wheels).  My husband and I weren’t too sure what to expect as she had been using the push bike and had decent balance, but she just turned five and we remember being older.  However, by and large, the experience was great.  She had it down in thirty minutes so long as my husband started her off.  … [Read more...]

The Role of Early Diagnosis of Tongue-Ties on Breastfeeding Success

Source: Dr. Larry Kotlow

In a new study that should come as a surprise to no one, researchers at Centenary Hospital in Australia examined the influence of a policy that enabled earlier release of tongue-ties on breastfeeding and found that the early release of the tongue-tie had a significant impact on breastfeeding success[1].  Although this will be a “Duh” study for many, there were some surprising … [Read more...]

What Makes Gentle Parenting “Gentle”?

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There has been a backlash by many parents against any type of parenting that might be perceived as not being gentle or kind to their child.  In research looking at extinction sleep training, one of the biggest barriers that advocates of cry-it-out face is that parents are not comfortable with it and thus do not want to use it on their child.  This has led to modifications such … [Read more...]

Helping Kids Find Alternatives to “the Tantrum”

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Recently, I received a question from a parent to the tune of, “What are the alternatives to a tantrum that you teach your child?”  It was a great question as I have spoken at length about the need to help our children find alternatives, yet had offered no alternatives (see this piece here).  In fairness, part of the reason I offer no concrete solutions (which you won’t see here … [Read more...]

Do C-Sections Increase the Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

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C-sections have been making the news recently as more research sets out to better understand long-term impacts of the delivery method given the rather dramatic rise in their use.  Previous research has found increased risks for a variety of ailments, including asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease[1], and bipolar disorder[2].  Of interest in the new research being covered … [Read more...]

A Critical Look at California’s Bill SB 277

Source: Unknown

This week California passed bill SB 277, removing the religious and personal exemptions for vaccine refusal for children attending public schools and daycares.  The bill is set to strengthen current laws on the books that say students must be fully immunized to enter schools by removing non-medical exemptions and extending it downward to other social areas for children, like … [Read more...]

Do You Know Your Baby?

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Do you know your baby? For most parents, the question would seem ridiculous.  Of course they know their baby!  What kind of parents wouldn’t know their baby?  They know when they were born, they know the schedule they have put the baby on, they know the baby eats the food they have decided to give baby, and they often know when baby needs a diaper change.  But does this really … [Read more...]