Babies Are Needy—Does That Bug You?

It’s really important to get straight on what babies need before having one.

The Psychology of Killing and NonKilling

“A United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children...” A bad apple? Believe it or not, we can each shift into evil thoughts and behavior quite easily.

Slings and Heroes

Mayim Bialik has a new book extolling attachment parenting. Her Ph.D in neuroscience gives her important insights. Here is an additional key to happy and smart children.

Self-Control: (a) Innate, or (b) Dependent on Mom and Dad?

A recent study shows that non-addict siblings of drug addicts have similar deficits in circuitry for self-control (Ersche et al., 2012). The study has been reported as indicative of inborn capacities for self-control. BIG MISTAKE.

Parents Should Know the Limitations of Science Experiments

There really aren't any human experiments that can be done to inform you how to parent at any given moment. So what can help with your parenting?

Recovering From “Cry It Out” Parenting as an Adult

Did your parents undercare for you? Did you live in a hostile family environment for emotional expression? I did. My physical, mental and social health were affected and here are some things I did to heal myself.

Dangers of “Crying It Out”

Letting babies “cry it out” is an idea that has been around at least since the behaviorist John Watson applied the mechanistic paradigm of behaviorism to child rearing in 1928, the decade when parents began trusting "science" more than their instincts.

Humans Are Less Violent Than Ever? Than When? And How?

Steven Pinker tells us that humans are less violent than ever. But in his review he leaves off most of human existence. Hobbesian evolutionary psychology strikes again--confusing data and ignoring the past to feel good about today.

Do We Need Declaration for the Rights of the Baby?

Most recently, a 23-year-old released a video of her judge father beating her at age 16. Such abuse violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Because of the vast mistreatment of babies, I propose that we consider a Declaration for the Rights of the Baby. Here's an initial list for what to include.

Doctor Ignorance of Male Anatomy Harms Boys

Why does ignorance about male anatomy in healthcare persist?

What Is the Greatest Danger for an Uncircumcised Boy?

Doctors can cause injury to intact boys during well-child visits. What you should know.

Evolutionary Shockology and Human Nature

How did you get the idea that human nature is violent, evil and selfish?

Circumcision Ethics and Economics

Infant circumcision is an ethical issue that has lifelong effects on the child and societal costs.

Circumcision: Social, Sexual, Psychological Realities

We continue examining myths about circumcision, including traditions, social and sexual relations.

More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs

There's a lot of hype about how circumcision is better for a man's health. But it is really?

Myths about Circumcision You Likely Believe

With my first child, I just thought that circumcision was what you did, no big deal, and every man was circumcised. Then one day I saw a picture of a baby being circumcised, and everything changed.

Promoting Thriving in School-Aged Children: A Checklist

Children are designed to grow best from challenging social play outdoors in the rhythms of nature. They build a sense of belonging, competence, autonomy, purpose, as well as trust and understanding of the world. But what can we do when children have to be in school all day?

Where Are the Happy Babies?

I was so glad to meet a happy, confident, socially engaged baby this week. Baby Loren was a stark contrast to most babies--children under 2--that I encounter these days.

Breastmilk Wipes Out Formula: Responses to Critical Comments

Breast milk vs. infant formula is like comparing the light of the sun with that of a match.

In Light of Last Week's Posts: Is Pushing* Formula Evil?

I'm going to be very blunt in hopes that it awakens more people to the dangers of infant formula.

Breastfeeding Resources

Supportive resources and information are available for all families who want to raise their children naturally.

The REAL Truth about Breastfeeding

Many people think that moms can't breastfeed if they work or are on medication. Once again, these misconceptions are a result of a lack of knowledge about breastfeeding.

5 Things You Thought You Knew about Breastfeeding

Salma Hayek breastfed a malnourished infant during her UNICEF trip to Sierra Leone. Are you shocked?

Myths you probably believe about infant formula

Kourtney Kardashian followed the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and breastfed exclusively for 6 months and over a year total.

Your Assumptions About Infant Formula Are Probably Wrong

Breastfeeding celebrity moms: What do they know?

It’s Breastfeeding Week: Why should you care?

A recent survey about infant nutrition revealed many misconceptions. And they are costly!

Harry Potter Morals

The latest and final Harry Potter movie is terrific. But does it pack the moral punch of the book?

No "Us-Against-Them"?!

Can we learn from ancestral social life?