Post-partum depression, later onset depression, dealing with separation anxiety or even run of the mill mommy guilt.

Can Epidurals End Post-Partum Depression?

A new study suggests that epidurals can drastically reduce the risk of PPD. The study is flawed, but does manage to show that PPD is highly complex with multiple etiologies.

Parents’ Advice to New Parents

Parents offer their own words of wisdom to parents everywhere who are entering parenthood and may need a bit of reassurance from those who have been there!

Coping with Sleep Deprivation

For new parents, a certain level of sleep deprivation is part of the job description, but how can one stave off the negative effects or at least minimize them?

Facing Fears: Avoiding or Changing Fearful Memories

Most parents face the time when their kids show a fear due to a fearful event. What if we could avoid that or change the fears our children already have?

Recovering and Moving on from Crying-It-Out

This is for those of you who have gone the cry-it-out route and now regret it. The two biggest questions I'm asked on the topic - have I done irreparable harm and can I fix it? - are discussed herein.

Stress and Synchrony: Implications for Sleep Training

New research suggests stress can be "caught"; that is, mothers can pass their stress onto infants by touch. Does this provide support for sleep training? I am going to show you here why I think it does not at all...

Are We Setting Up Parents to Sleep Train?

In pondering the use of CIO and CC further, I start to wonder if those of us who speak out against sleep training may be inadvertently setting families up to fail. Hear me out…

The Power of Napping

Is the almighty importance of sleep limited to nighttime sleep? What about our good old friend the nap? Here I look at research on napping and how it may just save us all :)

An Open Letter on Child Care

This letter appeared in my inbox the other day and I thought it was so wonderful I asked if I could share it. I have worked in daycares and as a nanny and I've seen some of the things Helen speaks of. It is so important that we understand how the care we provide for our children either ourselves or via others will impact them for their entire life. This is a beautiful reminder of that.

The Effects of Parental Stress: SRCD Research

This second piece covering some of the newest research out there in child development will focus on what I have encountered to date on the effects of parental stress on a variety of outcomes.