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My Top Five Posts of 2015

2015 has been a great year for all things gentle parenting and I really feel that we are nearing the point of mainstream awareness now, a trend I honestly believe will continue to build in 2016. I will certainly be trying my hardest to make it so and I know many of you are super passionate about spreading ‘the word’, so a big thank you for all of your efforts and support too! Continue reading

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Why it’s OK to let your baby or child cry (sometimes).

If you follow attachment or gentle parenting principles, you should never willingly let your child cry, right? Wrong. If you follow attachment or gentle parenting principles, you should never willingly make your child cry, right? Wrong. You can very much be … Continue reading

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The Growth of Competitive Parenting (or ‘When You’re Not AP enough to be an Attachment Parent’).

I spend my life as a ‘parenting expert’ (yes – I hate that terminology too) in a strange dichotomy. On the one hand I am far “too crunchy” for many. They send me emails almost daily stating that I live … Continue reading

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The Real Reason Parenting is So Hard

What do you think makes parenting so hard? Is it the sleepness nights? The constant physical demands – changing nappies, making food and drink, the housework, the laundry? The financial implications? Separation anxiety and growth and developmental spurts? Tackling toddler … Continue reading

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What is Gentle Parenting?

What is Gentle Parenting? In my opinion it can be summed up with just four words: 1. Empathy 2. Respect 3. Understanding 4. Boundaries 1. Empathy Parenting with your child’s feelings in mind as much as possible. Using empathy (or … Continue reading

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When Gentle Parenting Doesn’t Work

It seems like everyday I come across a comment from a parent proclaiming “gentle parenting doesn’t work”, that their baby “still cries all the time” or their toddler “tantrums constantly and still hits his brother” – this despite all of … Continue reading

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The Problem With ‘Attachment Parenting’ and How to Really Change the World

“One generation of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world”. (Charles Raison). I really believe this, I truly believe it is possible to change the world in less than one hundred … Continue reading

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‘Happy Mummy = Happy Baby’ or ‘Happy Baby = Happy Mummy’?

Is it just me? Or does anybody else cringe when they hear the term “happy mummy = happy baby”? Often used as a backup to a mother advising another to do something that is perhaps not in her baby’s best … Continue reading

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What is ‘Gentle Parenting’ and how is it different to ‘Mainstream Parenting’?

I use the term ‘gentle parenting’ a lot when I write and a lot of people ask me what exactly I mean by it. “What is gentle parenting?” they say…… Often they confuse the ‘gentle parenting’ terminology with the idea … Continue reading

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Bedsharing & SIDS – Why We Have it All Wrong

So today Carpenter et al published a horribly unreliable and flawed analysis of bedsharing. This scaremongering piece of ‘science’ (I use that term loosely) does not add to public understanding of the safety of bedsharing – far from it, it … Continue reading

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