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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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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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    Parenting your first child is hard.

    Parenting your first and second is ten times harder.

    So many parents enter parenthood and feel overwhelmed.  Over time, they get their bearings and then they feel prepared to take on the challenge of welcoming a second child into the mix.  You've done it before, so this time it'll be easier, right?  All too often, it's actually wrong.  Balancing the needs of the youngest with an oldest (who isn't used to sharing your love or time) can be beyond demanding and many parents struggle with feelings of failure, guilt, and shame.  Being overwhelmed by it all makes it harder to keep our cool and parent how we want to and falling short on a regular basis does nothing to help the family dynamic.  In this 4-week course we will look at the various struggles families face with raising two to help you understand how you can prepare (if baby #2 is coming) or change things (if baby #2 is here and there's struggle) to help as you navigate what is probably the hardest switch - that of 1 to 2 children.

    You can read more details of what the course covers in the fuller description below. Format: Written (pdf downloads) and audio links available each week for the content.  One-on-one session available via Zoom or via email.

    **Course begins June 8th and registration is open until July 15th.  If you pre-register, you will begin June 8th.  If you register afterwards, it will begin after registration.**

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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: 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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    Available every January, April, July, and October

    Most parents are not prepared for raising a high-needs or orchid child and even less prepared for how harsh our culture can be for these sensitive children.  Contrary to modern advice to toughen up our kids to face the harsh world, these children require a much more gentle and supportive hand if they are to thrive, just as the orchid requires extensive care to grow into the beautiful flower it is.  Although orchid children are at higher risk for some negative outcomes, this is tempered by the fact that when they are given the right environment and the right support, they actually do better than those children who are more resilient at the start.  The goal for this 4-week course is to help you create that environment and provide that support in a culture that is working against you.  As always, the course comes with office hours to help individualize the information to your child and situation.  For more details, you can read the longer description below. Format: Written and streaming audio link (link will be provided in each email and will be a reading of the written content) and 1 one-on-one 30-min session (or "office hours") with me (you can add-on additional sessions if you'd like).
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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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    "[This course] should be a rite of passage for all parents." ~ Sabrina, mother of 2, Australia

    One of the most common problems parents face today is how to handle the various issues surrounding discipline and being in charge.  In this 4-week course, we will cover topics pertaining to our expectations for our children, the issue of punishment versus consequences, how to be "in charge", how to handle specific common situations like tantrums and not listening, and so much more.  You can read more details below.  As always, the course comes with one 30-min one-on-one session with me via Zoom (or email) so you can ask me your individual questions to help make this course more relevant for your specific situation. Format: Written and streaming audio link (link will be provided in each email and will be a reading of the written content)  
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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: 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: 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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