Blog Posts on Primal Parenting Practices

Many of these blog posts concern the Evolved Nest (Evolved Developmental Niche), a set of practices over 30 million years old for social mammals and particularly intense for human beings because we are born 18 months early compared to other animals (we should be in the womb another 18 months). These practices include: soothing perinatal experiences, responsiveness to needs (avoiding distress), physical affection (and lack of corporal punishment), breastfeeding on request, self-directed free play with multi-aged playmates and in the natural world, multiple responsive adult caregivers, and positive social support. For academic papers, see The Evolved Nest (Evolved Developmental Niche).

KINDRED LINK to my republished blog posts: http://www.kindredmedia.org/author/darcia-narvaez-phd/

See also EvolvedNest.org

GENERAL ISSUES

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Babies

Five Things NOT to Do to Babies

How Modern Societies Violate Human Development

Raising a Baby Well: Like Climbing Mount Everest

Why Keep Baby Happy?

Thriving or Just Surviving? Are Your Children Nested?

12 Ways to Nurture Babies at Conception, Birth, and Beyond

Promoting Thriving in School-Aged Children: A Checklist

 

SLEEP ISSUES

Dangers of “Crying it Out”

6 Hidden Myths Behind Baby Sleep Training Advocacy

Child Sleep Training’s “Best Review of Research”

Parents Misled by Cry-It-Out Sleep Training Reports

Rebuttal to critique: Rebuking Bad Parenting Advice: Did We Go Too Far?

Baby Sleep Training: Mistakes “Experts” and Parents Make

‘Let Crying Babes Lie’? So Wrong

Simple Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

Normal, Human Infant Sleep: Feeding Method and Development

Normal Infant Sleep: Changing Patterns

Normal Parent Behaviors and Why They Won’t Hurt Your Child

Normal Infant Sleep: Night Nursing’s Importance

More Normal Parenting for Sleep

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep-Tiredness?

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep–Preparing Success

SIDS: Risks and Realities

Bed Sharing With Babies: What is the Hype About?

Bedsharing or Co-Sleeping Can Save Babies’ Lives

 

BOYS

Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys

Why Worry About Undercared for Males? Messed up Morals!

Raising Boys to Be Disconnected

Relational Disconnection as Mental Illness

Why Are (Some) Males’ Egos So Fragile?

 

BIRTH

New Moms Need Social Support

Painkillers for Childbirth? The Few Pros and Many Cons

What’s the Use of Midwives and Doulas?

Jesus Had a Home Birth

What if Jesus Had Been Born in the USA?

 

CIRCUMCISION

Myths about Circumcision You Likely Believe

More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs

Circumcision: Social, Sexual, Psychological Realities

Circumcision Ethics and Economics

What Is the Greatest Danger for an Uncircumcised Boy?

Why Continue to Harm Boys from Ignorance of Male Anatomy?

Practical Tips for Men Distressed by Their Circumcision

Pro-Circumcision Culturally Biased, Not Scientific: Experts

Letter to “Happily Circumcised” Father

Protect (All) Your Boys from Early Trauma

Circumcision’s Psychological Damage

Practical Tips for Men Distressed by Their Circumcision

Why Not Circumcise Your Boy? A Potential Link to Autism

 

BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding’s Importance—What Science Tells Us

Breastfeeding in the USA—A Little History

Breastfeeding Moms Face Illegal Discrimination at Work

Stand Up For Breastfeeding

Talk About Breastfeeding With Your Family, Friends and Doctor

Breastmilk Wipes Out Formula: Responses to Critical Comments

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

Breastfeeding Resources

The REAL Truth about Breastfeeding

5 Things You Thought You Knew about Breastfeeding

The TREMENDOUS Benefits of Doing What is Normal: Breastfeeding

Myths you probably believe about infant formula

Your assumptions about infant formula are probably wrong

It’s Breastfeeding Week: Why should you care?

 

PLAY

Happiness and Growth Through Play

Playing with Heart

Children May Be Playing, But Their Brains Are Working

Is Pretend Play Good For Kids?

Playing at School: More Important Than We Thought?

Does Too Much Screen Time Make Kids Sick?

Infant Couch Potatoes

What’s Better: Indoor or Outdoor Play?

Why Play with a Child?

How to Play with Your Baby

 

TOUCH

Are you or your child on a (touch) starvation diet?

Mother’s touch of dead baby causes “miracle”

Premies: Maternal Touch Has 10-Year Effects

Why Hug?

Why You Should Cuddle Your Kids: Adult Health and Morality

 

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

The Dangers of Spanking a Baby

Dear Parents: “No Spanking” Says APA

Research on Spanking: It’s Bad for ALL Kids

 

HOME CLIMATE AND SOCIAL SUPPORT

Are you treating your child like a prisoner?

Love Starts With Babies

Is it good to make kids afraid?

Baselines for Babies

Baby Care: Baselines for Mental Health

Baby Care: 3 Rs for Raising A Happy Child

 

MOTHERING

The Science and Art of Mothering

Killing Mothering, the Center of Society

Allomothers: Our Evolved Support System for Mothers

Plastics and the Health of Children and Mothers

Successful Motherhood Is a Collaboration

Ten Ways to Truly Respect Motherhood

Finding My Maternal Instincts

 

MORE PARENTING: GENERAL

Why Early Experience Matters: Famous Scholars Know

Creating a Peaceful World Through Parenting

Should Toddlers Be Medicated for ADHD?

What Happened to Ethics in Pediatric Medicine?

Baby-, Parent- or Life-Centered Parenting?

Slings and Heroes

Parents Should Know the Limitations of Science Experiments

Babies “don’t cry in Africa,” why should they cry in the USA?

Blame the baby or blame the experts?

Dumb Parent(ing), Dumberer Child

How to Grow a Smart Baby

Undercare: The bane of American life?

How NOT to Ruin a Child

What Adults Did to Me at Birth: A Baby’s Point of View

 

CHILDREN’S WELLBEING AND  RIGHTS

Childism Revisited

Are You a “Childist?” Test Yourself

Babies Are Needy—Does That Bug You?

Do We Need Declaration for the Rights of the Baby?

Where Are the Happy Babies?

The Decline of Children and the Moral Sense

Believing “children are resilient” may be a fantasy

How America Morally Fails its Children: What Needs to Change

Increase the well-being of children around you

 

PRIMAL WOUNDS

The Primal Wound: Do You Have One?

Your Primal Wound: What Happened in Childhood?

How to Heal the Primal Wound

Fantasyland: A Nation of Primally Wounded People

Tales of the Primally Wounded

Stories That Heal Primal Wounds

Stories of Connection to Heal the Primal Wound

 

ELDERHOOD

Older and Weaker, or Older and Wiser?

Wise Elders in the Circle of Life

Self-Actualize and Become a Wise Elder

What Wise Elders Know

 

INDIGENOUS WISDOM

Sustainable Wisdom: Indigenous Style

The “Death of Birth” and Losing Nature

10 Indigenous Holistic Healing Practices

Broken Eagle Wing: Mending Worldview

 

Articles

On Babies, Sleep and Evolution at Buzzfeed

On Affection and Punishment at South Bend Tribune (Op-Ed)

Blogs traducidos en espanol

http://cozybebe.blogspot.mx/2015/04/cinco-cosas-que-no-se-deben-hacer-los.html

http://mamasgallina.blogspot.com/

http://losquincemandamientos.blogspot.com/2013/07/de-verdad-nacimos-para-ser-egoistas-lo.html

El declive de los niños y del sentido moral

http://formacionterramater.es/por-que-debemos-preocuparnos-por-los-ninos-varones-especialmente-por-los-bebes/

Blogs translated to Russian

Milkmomstory. Мама и малыш. Истории о главном

http://milkmomstory.livejournal.com/tag/%D0%B4-%D1%80%20%D0%9D%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8D%D1%81