Evolutionary Parenting: Where History and Science Meet Parenting

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Our society – heck, all societies – have their ideas about how to raise children.  I can go to a bookstore here in Vancouver and find hundreds of books on parenting.  From sleep to feeding to schedules to discipline to all-around philosophies based on someone’s observations of the world, you name it, it’s probably there.  The question I have to ask is: What good does it do us? … [Read more...]

Recovering and Moving on from Crying-It-Out


Crying-it-out and the modified controlled crying are sadly almost mainstays of modern parenting.  So much so that people who don’t use them are often thought to be weak or asking for trouble with their children.  Some doctors even tell their new mothers that they have to use these methods if they want to “help” their child learn to sleep.  With this, many family embark on the … [Read more...]

Lying to Our Children


There’s a new article that seems to be making the rounds, gathering shares and likes, entitled How to Tell a Great Lie as a Parent.  I can first tell you that although the article is about lying to your kids and somehow trying to make positives out of it, it is not in fact a “how-to” guide, which I suppose is good, though not much of an improvement over what it actually … [Read more...]

Bedsharing in Australia: Scare Mongering versus Reality

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By Tracy G. Cassels Many Australians woke this morning to scare mongering about bedsharing thanks to articles in their papers.  Claims that 25 babies died in the parental bed last year have led people to declare that bedsharing should be illegal.  Some people are being investigated for it as it is not seemingly okay to report it to Child Services (I kid you not).  It's hard to … [Read more...]

Review: Sage Parenting by Rachel Rainbolt


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...]

The Breastfeeding Research Battle

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By Tracy G. Cassels It seems that researchers looking at the "benefits" of breastfeeding (really the problems with formula) can’t catch a break these days.  In the past month, two prominent research studies have hit the news and yet detractors everywhere call “foul”.  For a long time, critics of the research showing favourable outcomes associated with breastfeeding (which … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The gentle African way to your baby sleeping through the night


Many of you know the very viral (and imo, wonderful) piece "Why African Babies Don't Cry: An African Perspective".  Well, here I present a guest article by the same author, the very talented JC Niala, on sleeping from her very unique, personal history as an African-British woman.  I am so thrilled she has decided to share this with us and hope you enjoy it! By JC Niala There … [Read more...]

Pinky McKay’s Interview With Me


On Wednesday June 10th, I had the honest-to-goodness pleasure of having a long chat with the wonderful Pinky McKay.  We focused on a talk about "happy babies"... listen herein to know what was said and to find out more about the series on Happy Babies :) For example, we spoke of how certain current parenting practices are counter to the evolutionary adaptiveness of babies, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Judgy Babies (Or How Babies Learn)


By Dr. Patricia Brosseau-Liard Tracy's Comments:  Most of the guest posts on EP relate to people's personal experiences or opinions.  It's awesome, because I have only my own experience to work from and that certainly doesn't encompass what many people experience on a day-to-day basis.  However, I rarely let people do research pieces because frankly if I don't know you, I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Instinctive Parenting?


By Eileen Joy of Live With Purpose When Tracy reposted my blog from 18 months ago recently on Evolutionary Parenting I was struck by a number of things.  So much has changed since then, and yet so much has stayed the same. Of course that’s true.  My children are older, and so am I, that much is obvious.  However many other things have changed and my views on parenting … [Read more...]