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.

Guest Post: Baby-led Potty Training (Elimination Communication)

Lots of people find the idea of Elimination Communication overwhelming, but Jenn from Born Ready breaks it down to make it easier and less stressful for parents interested in taking on EC.

Stress and Extinction Sleep Training: It’s Not So Simple

When you talk about stress and sleep training, you often get two polarized views: Either the stress is so great it has to cause irreparable harm or it's fine or even beneficial. Yet neither really captures the whole story.

Birth Story: Reese and Dahlia

I needed to birth at home. I would go to the hospital if a life-threatening emergency presented itself, but home is where I am most comfortable. Home, to me, is where my baby belonged when he or she emerged into this world.

Guest Post: Breastmilk Donation After Stillbirth

March twenty-eighth... There is a friction inside me surrounding this date; a rubbing of grief and celebration, of sadness and joy, of sorrow and thankfulness. March twenty-eighth will always be his day.

Review: Nursing Wear from Hotmilk Lingerie

Looking for maternity or nursing wear? Here I check out and review online retailer Hotmilk.

Dear Man on the Beach

To the man on the beach who smacked his child - this is what I wanted to say to you and all those who feel that is the only option they have.

Light Drinking and Pregnancy: A Review of the Research

The emotions surrounding any drinking in pregnancy are strong; however, there is still debate about the risk of light drinking in pregnancy. The current article discusses the research surrounding this topic.

Birth Story: Emalitza and Ziggy Jay

One woman's wonderful transition to motherhood.

Review: Brave Strong Girls Series

My review of the Brave Strong Girls Series of books for the modern girl who knows girls are more than just pretty faces!

CDC Basically Informs Women That They Are Incompetent

Dear Women of Childbearing Age, We regret to inform you that we have decided that you are no longer competent beings with a brain capable of making decisions about your life and how you live it.