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.

Does the early introduction of solids really improve infant sleep?

New research is claiming that the early introduction of solids will help infants sleep longer. But does this hold? This is an analysis of the research and what we can really take from it.

No Stress in Sleep Training: A Response

A reply to a piece suggesting that there are definitely no long-term repercussions of any kind of sleep training and how the research cited doesn't support the claims at all.

How Successful are Behavioral Sleep Interventions?

People are jumping on new research that supposedly says extinction sleep training methods are successful, but given this is survey data, we have to be very careful about any conclusions. Here's why.

Guest Post: A Responsive Settling Story

One woman's experience with responsive settling and the take-home messages she got from that that she can share with others.

Toddler or Preschool Sleep Troubles: A Case of Expecting Too Much Sleep?

Toddler fighting bedtime? Waking regularly? It may be time to reconsider your toddler's actual sleep needs.

Bright Lights Before Bed = No Sleep?

New research highlights the effects of light on melatonin levels in preschool children. What does this tell us about our evening habits for all kids?

Should Parenting Be This Hard?

We take it for granted in our society that parenting is hard. Really hard. But how did we get to this stage? Was it always this way?

Self-Esteem and Praise: Are We Hurting or Helping?

It is common practice in our society to praise our children to try and build their self-esteem. The question is: does it work? The answer is a resounding no.

Shifting Priorities: Why Sleep Isn’t the Most Important Thing for Your Child

"What is most important for your child's development?" If you answered sleep, I think we need to talk.

Guest Post: Attachment-Intellectual Parenting

Attachment parenting is not anti-intellectual, but it is distinctly intellectual. Its proponents are actively thinking about what sort of adults they want to raise them to be.