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Second chances at breastfeeding: healing from the ...

By the time my son was born in 2013 I was pretty fed up of unsolicited advice. For every one “congratulations” there were fifty dire comments about sleep and crying and poo. People “warned” me that my life was over, that I’d never have fun again, that boys were bad, that my body would be destroyed, all things that did not come true! But not a single person “warned” me that...

French children do get ADHD: calling nonsense on s...

There’s an article from Psychology Today from 2012 going around my facebook newsfeed today, entitled “Why French kids don’t have ADHD.” Every post is followed by comments from people in their 20s and 30s who seem to yearn for “good old days” of stern Victorian parenting that they don’t actually remember, days when kids obeyed silently, parents ruled and didn’t need an iron fist...

A (slightly) new approach to talking about vaccina...

If you’re fairly active in the online parenting world, you’ll have observed that the V-word often brings people down into three firm camps: 1. Hardcore pro-vaccination people 2. Hardcore anti-vaccination people 3. “Whatever you feel is right is best”, no conflict people Now, I find the first group very frustrating because they are some of the most vocal people in the health advocacy world, but they...

Your guide to varicella / chickenpox vaccination i...

We have a whole list of routine vaccinations for diseases that most of us wouldn’t dream of suffering nowadays: tetanus, diptheria, polio, and pneumococcal disease to name a few. That doesn’t mean that the list is complete though. There’s no real reason for anyone and especially not children to suffer or be endangered by diseases that can be safely and easily prevented. If we compare the UK immunisation...

What do you do with well-intentioned anti-vaxxers?

Natural parenting goes hand in hand with caring about health, breaking away from the mainstream, and a lot of abstention. That could be abstaining from spanking, eating meat, using disposable products, sleep training, but one area it does not have to include is modern medical care, especially vaccination. But in the natural parenting community that isn’t always the case. So all those well-known voices in the natural...

Nature and Nurture

I adhere fairly strongly to attachment parenting or natural parenting or gentle parenting principles, particularly where they overlap. I’ve benefited so much from the community of natural parents (the term I’ll use most often) in some respects but sometimes feel very isolated because when the topic turns to vaccination, medical care, or really anything scientific, all interest in evidence goes out the window....