About Tracy

Tracy Cassels is the primary writer for Evolutionary Parenting. She obtained her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Developmental Psychology, also at the University of British Columbia, where she is studying how certain evolutionary factors affect children’s empathic behaviour. Tracy serves as an Adviser to the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership and previously worked at the Canadian Council on Learning, a non-profit agency dedicated to researching myriad elements of learning across the lifespan. Most importantly to her, though, she is a mother to daughter Madeleine (Maddy), stepson Desmond, and wife to husband Brian.

Evolutionary Mismatch: Is This the Missing Piece to So Many Modern Parenting Problems?

Could the root of many of our parenting woes lie in the evolutionary mismatch theory? New research looking at one example makes a strong case for this.

Fussy Babies and Later Mental Health Problems: A Discussion

New research suggests that extremely unsettled babies have a much higher risk of mental health problems in childhood. The question is now what we do with this, and I have a few ideas.

Culture and Discipline: Is Harsh Discipline Ever Okay?

Is harsh discipline always bad for kids? If not, how can we reconcile a desire to end such practices with research that may suggest they have a role?

What Does It Mean To Be “In Control”?

When we think about being in control, we often think about having children that obey and listen to us no matter what. That would be wrong. Instead it start and ends with our own responses, not our kids.

Bedsharing With a Premature Baby

It is a common refrain that parents of premature infants should never bedshare. Yet this is not always actively followed given the difficulties of caring for a premature baby who requires regular skin-to-skin contact. This article reviews the research surrounding this with some areas for discussion moving forward.

Is Daycare Really a SIDS Risk?

Although not widely discussed, some articles and people highlight a relationship between SIDS and starting daycare. This can be terrifying for many families, but we need to look at what we know to know how to respond.

How to Love Your Child Unconditionally

Many of us know that we're supposed to love our kids unconditionally, but we lack the ideas as to how to do this effectively. Looking at good times, bad times, and every day times, this explores how you can achieve unconditional love for your kids.

Is TV Watching Really So Bad For Kids? Well… It Depends

Screen time is often thought to be associated with negative social outcomes for kids, including aggression, conduct problems, and peer relational problems. New research suggests this may not be so clear cut.

SUID, SIDS, and Poverty: Leaving Bedsharing Out of the Debate

Of late, bedsharing has been the central focus of governmental attempts to reduce the rates of SUID or SIDS in many Western cultures. Drs. Bartick and Tomori change the landscape by taking a syndemic approach to looking at these issues and find bedsharing is not the culprit it has been believed to be.

Guest Post: Navigating the Motherhood

Catherine Bell talks us through the power of informed birth. As she says, "Not 'wishes' or 'preferences': Informed Decisions".