So much of our cultural focus for infants is on sleep and getting them to sleep longer, but this inherently throws breastfeeding out the window. Can we please stop?
About Tracy Cassels, PhDTracy Cassels, PhD is the Director of Evolutionary Parenting, a science-based, attachment-oriented resource for families on a variety of parenting issues. In addition to her online resources, she offers one-on-one support to families around the world and is regularly asked to speak on a variety of issues from sleep to tantrums at conferences and in the media. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children.
To counter the growing acceptance that night wakings are normal, sleep trainers seem to be taking to the bizarre. Welcome to "behaviourally biologically normal".
The issue of sharing is one that many parents struggle with. Do we need to force our kids to share? Will they learn it on their own? How to handle other parents?
We have all been told that we have to be consistent and firm with our kids. Yet we don't have to and sometimes that's not even the right thing to do.
When our babies and children start resisting sleep, we often double down on our efforts to "get" them to sleep. But what if it's really all about letting go?
Many families will end up bedsharing at some point without having properly prepared for it. Whatever your plans are, take a moment to review your bed and your situation to ensure that bedsharing is as safe as possible if or when it comes to it.
The way in which we communicate with our kids can have a profound impact on how they respond to us. Sometimes in the best of intentions, we can end up doing more harm than good and so knowing how to communicate is essential.
Often we can forget what self-soothing looks like, instead thinking it only reflects calming behaviours. However, we all respond to anxiety differently and not all self-soothing is actually beneficial.
Many families worry their children aren't getting enough sleep, especially in the younger years, but what evidence do we have that tells us how much sleep is enough?
'Santa's Portrait' byThomas Nast, published in Harper's Weekly, 1881 The holidays are rolling around and if you live in a Christian-centric culture, chances are you are facing the onslaught of Santa (even though