Prince William called his new baby, Prince George, a “rascal,” a disturbing comment because it may signal a parent-child power struggle, a misconstrual of babies and a misunderstanding of how best to parent babies.
Last year the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a report that infant circumcision is beneficial to infant boys for several reasons, including preventing penile cancer. But infants do not get penile cancer. The arguments were flawed and biased according to a group of doctors representing medical organizations outside the USA.
Many parents who sleep with their child get comments along the lines of, “Your child will never leave if you don’t move them” or “What about your sex life?”. Parents end up questioning if they are doing the right thing for their child...
Although US culture emphasizes “sleeping through the night,” this is is not biologically normal. Knowledge about normal sleep patterns can help alleviate the stress and anxiety parents feel, leading to happier times for the entire family.
Growing up my mom always joked with me, “I wish you could have stayed a baby.” She loved that I needed her, that she could hug and kiss me infinitely without my complaints. But most of all, she jokes her favorite thing was the attention she received.
A world of “experts” and journalists tell parents about the safety of “controlled crying” or “cry it out” techniques to make babies sleep. The advice has multiple mistaken premises and conclusions about what is normal and good for babies.
Studies indicate that having a birth coach (doula) decreases use of various interventions and that expectant mothers are significantly more pleased with the birth process than are mothers assisted only by doctors.
In the USA today, less than 1% of births are at home. But the shift to hospitals has not worked out well for everyone: the USA has the highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the developed world.
I write typically about research findings related to moral functioning and living a good life. Sometimes I muse on things that I puzzle about (politics). I am very concerned about how much our society doesn't seem to know about how to raise good, healthy and happy children, so I spend a great deal of time on parenting. I also write about things that I am working on myself--the endless quest for virtue! This is an opinion blog, not a set of research articles, intended for the public not scientists. For more nuanced and highly referenced work, look at my academic work.