Bedsharing Siblings: Part 4

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Welcome to Part Four of Bedsharing Siblings (you can see Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here).  Before we begin, I share the same caveat that all of these families bedshare safely and that although some pictures may seem unsafe, they are with parents standing by and watching over at this moment :) … [Read more...]

Was It Always So Easy?


By Tracy G. Cassels The other week I shared the following story on EP’s facebook page: Last night my daughter asked to watch The Aristocats after we went to the library to take it out.  Of course I said yes, but reminded her that afterwards it would be time to get ready for bed.  After it ended, she wanted to see it again.  I said “no”.  She asked again, and again, and … [Read more...]

I Have Failed

Tracy Maddy

By Tracy G. Cassels I am a parent.  And like all parents, I fail at times… Tonight my daughter and I were talking and I said “I love you”. Then to check in on our state of affairs, I asked her, “Do I love you when I’m frustrated?” Smile.  “Yes.” “When I’m angry?” Another smile.  “Yes.” “Is there ever a time when mommy doesn’t love you?” A pause.  A … [Read more...]

When I’m Not So Fun to Be Around


By Tracy G. Cassels After having a crappy day myself and shutting myself in the bedroom because I was ready to scream at everyone and throw whatever I could find out the window, I had to write this.  So… how many of these can you relate to? When I’m tired, I get really crabby and snap at people. When I’m hungry, I get angry and can yell at those I love. When things aren't … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY: Gioia Albano Art


The lovely Gioia Albano (who I have written about here) has kindly offered a gift card worth 20% off her art on her Etsy shop through Evolutionary Parenting.  Just enter below and you can be the owner of some of the most beautiful motherhood art there is! The contest is open until August 13th, 2013 at midnight after which a winner will be selected! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Losing the Stigma Around Fostering


Losing the Stigma around Fostering Fostering and the world of children in care can be viewed as a complicated subject. People invent red tape because they are unsure about the stipulations around who can be a foster parent, which means there are less people fostering than there could be, and we don’t need to discuss the positive effects of having homes available to … [Read more...]

An Open Letter on Child Care

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This letter appeared in my inbox the other day and I thought it was so wonderful I asked if I could share it.  I have worked in daycares and as a nanny and I've seen some of the things Helen speaks of.  It is so important that we understand how the care we provide for our children either ourselves or via others will impact them for their entire life.  This is a beautiful … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day


Babe, Thank you.  I could honestly write "for everything" but I don't know how well that would go over as this is just about father's day.  So let me count the ways I love you as the father of our dear Maddy, as I love you in many other ways as well ;) I love you for... Doing things differently the second time around.  It takes a very strong person to not cling to how … [Read more...]

One Year Later

Tracy and Brian's Wedding

By Tracy G. Cassels It’s been exactly one year since I woke up, got on a plane to Toronto for a family visit to celebrate my mom’s birthday and my daughter’s birthday.  I hadn’t been back in almost a year because of cost.  (And who wants to visit in the dead of winter???)  My husband was meeting me a couple days later and I got off the plane and headed to my dad’s where I … [Read more...]

The “Life Lessons” Fallacy

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By Tracy G. Cassels One of the things that drives me absolutely bonkers is when people talk about how they decided to do whatever parenting method in order to teach their baby about the real world.  I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about.  Parents who say that they leave the baby to cry because in the real world people don’t respond to your every request or whim.  … [Read more...]