The Evolutionary Parenting podcast with Dr. Tracy Cassels focuses on topics relevant to parents today. Using developmental psychology, biology, anthropology, and evolution as a basis for all discussion, the podcast explores parenting issues like sleep (including sleep training, co-sleeping, and bedsharing), breastfeeding and feeding, discipline, and more. For parents who want to understand how our children have evolved to develop and how we as parents can help them thrive.
Episode 2: Responsive Parenting - When Needs Become Wants
When do our children's needs morph into wants? How are we supposed to be responsive without "giving in"? These are some of the questions that I talk about with a mother looking for answers about how to be a loving, responsive, and sensitive parent without harming her child's budding independence.
Episode 1: Pinky McKay
In this inaugural episode, Pinky McKay and I chat about an interesting question: Does breastfeeding on demand at night lead to the expectation of immediate sexual gratification in adulthood? This was a question given to me by a reader who was told this would be the case by a close friend. Sadly, too many people still link breastfeeding or nursing with sex and think that allowing a child to feed on demand leads to entitlement. Nothing could be further from the truth and Pinky and I discuss these misconceptions.
If you want to read up some more on topics related to this, you can read the following pieces by Pinky or myself:
Does your breastfed baby really need night feeds? http://www.pinkymckay.com/breastfeeding-does-your-baby-really-need-night-feeds/
Does co-sleeping mean a better sex life? http://www.pinkymckay.com/co-sleeping-does-it-mean-a-better-sex-life/
What is the link between breastfeeding on demand and self-regulation? http://evolutionaryparenting.com/the-role-of-breastfeeding-in-self-regulation/
Can things like nursing at night, co-sleeping, and so on harm our children? http://evolutionaryparenting.com/what-children-dont-need/