How Liberal Feminism and Patriarchy Work Together to Create the Detached Mother

The following is a talk I presented at the 2016 Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement Conference this past October in Toronto, ON on feminism, patriarchy, and mothering.

Guest Post: To End The Judgement We First Need To Go Through It

By not fighting for change, we can just wish away the research and continue to live in the old paradigm forever, still able to believe that we are "good parents". But we can't.

What Makes Gentle Parenting “Gentle”?

"Gentle" parenting or sleep training is making the rounds as an "it" thing, but is all of it actually gentle? Sadly there are too many wolves out there dressed up as sheep and it's up to us to identify the real gentle help from the pretend stuff.

Do You Know Your Baby?

Knowing your baby can't be done by reading books or hearing what other people think of how to parent. Knowing your baby means spending time with your baby and believing s/he is an individual. All parents need to do this.

Guess What? Parents Do Matter to Child Well-Being (and Not Just When They’re Kids)

The debate over how much parents matter to their children's outcomes and well-being is one that has raged for years. New research suggests that our society may be underestimating just the impact us parents can have.

Sleep Training IS A Feminist Issue (Just Not in the Way You Think)

A piece is making the rounds claiming that sleep training is a feminist issue. I think it is too, just not the way the original author believes.

Risky Parenting

We are Risk Averse. We don't even like to acknowledge that we may make choices that increase the risk to our kids. But we all do it. And we need to own it.

“I’m an overly-educated stay-at-home mom”

I was disheartened because her statement about being “overly-educated” implies that somehow being educated and being a stay-at-home parent is incompatible. I don’t know how much she herself feels that, but I know it’s a common view in our society.

The Perils of Listening to Idiots

Today I've had enough. I've had enough of the rampant stupidity that permeates popular parenting advice and the asinine conclusions about responsive parenting. So here's what I REALLY think.

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!