Some of the Best Parenting Books

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Last week I shared a piece on the worst parenting books out there.  Well, clearly we need to offer an alternative, yes?  I am pleased to share what I believe to be some of the best parenting books on the market.  Is this list all inclusive?  Absolutely not even close!  I was so happy to know how difficult it was to narrow things down.  I try to avoid some of the more go-to … [Read more...]

Five Worst Parenting Books

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Parents often find themselves looking for advice on how to raise their kids.  It’s not surprising in a society in which we spend so little time around children that we go into this parenting business with little to no experience.  However, we have to be careful where we seek advice for not all advice is equal.  While there is huge variability in the advice out there, most … [Read more...]

Review: Sage Parenting by Rachel Rainbolt

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By Tracy G. Cassels I’ve been reading and reviewing a lot of books lately and I have been lucky to pretty much love them all.  Well, the newest, Sage Parenting by Rachel Rainbolt, is no exception.  Like all the books I find most helpful for parents who follow EP (and who I assume are looking for a bit of science and logic in their parenting reads), Sage Parenting is filled … [Read more...]

Review: The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline

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By Tracy G. Cassels The newest addition to Little Hearts book is a short handbook on discipline.  If you’ve read other Little Hearts books you know the focus is to get right to the heart of the issues in a clear, quick manner and on this note, The Gentle Parent does not disappoint.  If you’ve read Two Thousand Kisses a Day or Whispers Through Time, you know that L.R. Knost has … [Read more...]

Gentle Sleep Resources

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Often when I write about crying-it-out or controlled crying, I get comments from people who have done it asking what else they should have done in their sleep deprived state.  The question concerns me because it highlights not only how mainstream the idea of leaving a child to cry has become, but also about how ignorant society is as a whole about the alternatives to sleep … [Read more...]

Review: ToddlerCalm by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

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By Tracy G. Cassels Well, this was my initial write-up: If you have a child under five, if you watch children under five, if you have grandchildren under five, or if you just care about children under five… GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK. I’m not kidding.  Do not wait to pass go, forget the $200, just go get it.  I don’t care what kind of parenting you do, just get it.  That’s … [Read more...]

Review & Giveaway: Tot Logic

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By Tracy G. Cassels I have a curly-haired girl.  And not just mild curls, but ringlette curls.  Though her hair is still short (she’s never had a hair cut), she manages to get her hair all knotted up just by living (and playing).  And given that washing her hair is something that (a) I don’t want to do daily as I know it’s not good for her hair (it should only be washed a … [Read more...]

Review of ‘New Mother’ and Interview with author Allie Chee

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By Tracy G. Cassels I have to admit I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I got my copy of New Mother: Using a Doula, Midwife, Postpartum Doula, Maid, Cook, or Nanny to Support Healing, Bonding and Growth.  I used a doula and midwife myself for the birth of my daughter and I am ever thankful that I did.  And I personally felt the midwife system here of home visits for 4 … [Read more...]

Review: Parenting Without Borders

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By Tracy G. Cassels Well, apparently the book I wish I could have written has been written.  And it’s this one.  Christine Gross-Loh, author of Diaper Free Baby, has once again returned to the cross-cultural aspects of parenting in Parenting Without Borders.  Only instead of tackling one particular issue, she has managed to really capture cross-culture parenting in developed … [Read more...]

Motherhood and Art: An Interview with Gioia Albano

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By Tracy G. Cassels It was two years ago and I had just written the piece “Bedsharing and SIDS: The Whole Truth” and was searching online for an image that would capture the love and affection found in the bedsharing relationship.  This is when I came across a beautiful blue picture of an art piece of a mother and baby lying peacefully together.  The mother’s arm was … [Read more...]