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...]

Where I Have To Talk About Money

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By Tracy G. Cassels Here comes the post I hate writing.  Money.  And me.  You see, I think there’s a misconception out there that people who do sites like EP or many of the other ones you probably visit daily are somehow making money because we have advertising or things like that.  Problem is, most of us don’t.  A few have managed to make this whole blogging thing work (and … [Read more...]

The Importance of Partner Support

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Note: This piece was originally posted back in 2011 but I have updated it and edited it to repost now because I feel it's just as important now as it was then but needed a little updating! If you’re old enough to remember the 80s and early 90s, you’ll probably remember the hoopla over single mothers and how awful they were.  It seemed to come to a head with Murphy Brown, a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: How Did I Get Here?

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By Eileen Joy, from Live With Purpose So many AP things that I read start out by saying that they “knew” that they wouldn’t do things in a certain way, they knew that their baby would sleep with them, they knew they would breastfeed past the societal norm and they knew much much more about what they would do and what they couldn’t do. That’s one story. Another story is … [Read more...]

Co-Sleeping: Making Travel Easier

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  Before I had my own daughter, I remember hearing friends with kids complain about how their babies reacted to traveling – they were extra fussy, especially at night-time.  This isn’t surprising at all, as many babies don’t like the night at the best of times, but throw in a foreign environment and a new bed (rarely can people bring their own cribs) and it must be … [Read more...]

Celebrity Mom: Kourtney Kardashian

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By Tracy G. Cassels Most of the time I find celebrity parents to be some of the worst role models you could ever imagine having.  With millions to spend, they hire nannies to care for their kids while focusing solely on getting their pre-baby body back in time to return to work that usually has them on set for 12 hours a day.  Hardly a great (or even realistic) role model for … [Read more...]

Taking the Newborn out of Newborn Toys

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  It used to be that baby toys were things like rattles and blocks that they could actually use to have fun with.  Of course, this meant that babies really didn’t have toys at first because the motion of grasping a rattle or holding a block was well beyond them for the first few months of life.  And that was fine – babies did baby things, like sleep, eat, poop, and … [Read more...]

Introduction

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Parenting.  You hear people say that it’s the most important thing you can do with your life, that nothing else compares with the highs and the lows associated with it.  It is arguably the most central act that a species has as it allows for the perpetuation of the species – without parents, offspring die and the species die out too.  So one would think that because of this … [Read more...]