• Not parenting specific, but a great read as to why we all have evolved to live together and the traumatic effects when that is taken away.
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  • From Tracy: I’m biased because I am that kind of late bloomer that Range references, but I also found the content fascinating from a parenting perspective.  You can read my interview with David HERE.
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  • From Tracy: I love this one for a clearer understanding of our stress response system and how we can apply this knowledge to our parenting to help avoid the modern-day stress problems that plague us.
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  • From Tracy: One of my absolute favourites as it really helps families understand the distinction between culture and biology in our parenting practices.
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  • From Tracy The follow-up to Our Babies, Ourselves, Dr. Small takes on how culture and biology interact in our parenting of children.  Again, so much of what we take for granted as “normal” in raising kids is really anything but.
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  • From Tracy: One of the most beautiful and widely memed authors around (for good reason), LR Knost brings us simple ways to connect with our children no matter their age.
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  • From Tracy: A guide to parenting a toddler that is hands-down one of the best on the market.  There’s a reason this book has spawned ToddlerCalm classes!
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  • From Tracy: Similar to ToddlerCalm, this is a really good guide for the first year.
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  • From Tracy: Pinky is one of my favourites and her gentle and understanding approach for families is much-needed in our sleep training culture.  This one will have you feeling confident and content in your parenting.
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  • From Tracy: A must-read to truly understand the evolution of motherhood and shared care through the lens of our unique childhood.  Of course the book goes beyond to argue that this unique need of humans to rely on others has also led to our unique capacity to understand others.  Truly eye-opening.
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  • From Tracy: There is reason for controversy over some of the ideas here, but like all things academic, that is the sign of a good book.  Written years ago, but a great look at the debate over nature versus nurture.
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  • From Tracy: Dr. Bloom is excellent at translating psychological research on children for the masses and in this installment he looks at how we view morality.  It is fascinating as long as you remember that even our psychological research can be steeped in culture.
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  • From Tracy: One of the first child-oriented books I read (before kids, before EP) and I still love it.  Dr. Gopnik will help you look at children’s behaviours in an entirely new light.
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  • From Tracy: The Bible of natural birth by the woman who helped keep these practices alive and has shown the world exactly how competent women are when properly supported.
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  • From Tracy: Another one of Ina May’s bibles on homebirth.  If you are at all thinking of a home birth, please give this one a read.
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  • From Tracy: Not really for those who are looking for ‘how to’ books, but rather a very critical and unflinching look at the maternity care system in the USA (and elsewhere).  It can be a painful read and one that may make you angry, but it is worth it as it can help expectant moms know what they may face and how to prepare.
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  • From Tracy: A wonderful collection of birth stories from California midwife Peggy Vincent.  Sometimes we just need to read about the potential of the power and beauty of birth to appreciate all that it entails.
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  • From Tracy: The best look at co-sleeping and bedsharing for families there is, with all you need to know to do this safely.
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  • From Tracy: I wrote the forward for this book and stand by it years later; Sarah has written a wonderful guide for parents of all ages to start with when concerned about sleep.
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  • From Tracy: Pinky helps us normalize night waking, night feedings, and the like all while providing simple ways to help you maximize the sleep you can get.
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  • From Tracy: For the breastfeeding moms, this is more of a memoir than “how-to”, but a wonderful read and one that will help many families feel more secure in their own breastfeeding journey, especially as it pertains to sleep.
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  • From Tracy: A fantastic resource for breastfeeding families who may need support for whatever this means for sleep for them.
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  • From Tracy: One of my favourites because although it doesn’t cover how to’s like some of these books, it is an unflinching, honest account of the many struggles families face when breastfeeding in a culture that is neither supportive nor understanding.  A must-read for anyone interested in supporting breastfeeding families.
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  • From Tracy: You can read my review of this book HERE.  
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