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?
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.
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.
"What is most important for your child's development?" If you answered sleep, I think we need to talk.
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.
There are few times when a book comes out that should fundamentally change the popular discourse on a topic, but hasn’t (yet). Milk Matters by Maureen Minchin is one such book.
New research suggests a method of "responsive settling" actually can improve infant sleep as well as extinction methods. Is this wholly accurate?
We often hear people talk about sleep regressions, but this can send parents off on a tangent, fearing their child is losing skills they once had. Understanding what's happening is essential to helping parents cope with these times and truly help their kids.
New headlines suggest solitary sleep can improve infant sleep, but digging deeper makes it clear that this suggestion is not only wrong, but potentially dangerous.
Many people report trying extinction methods of sleep training to "help" their baby sleep better, but what does research tell us in terms of the efficacy of these methods for baby's sleep? Does the reasoning hold up?