Appalling New Sleep Training Technique Say’s “Don’t Feed Your Baby.”

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Two pediatrician brothers claim they have developed a "new" method of getting babies to sleep.  And, incidentally, I put "new" in quotes because their method is scary-similar to the method recommended by Babywise authors Gary and Marie Ezzo which was eventually condemned by the American Academy of Pediatrics because it caused failure to thrive and dehydration in babies.  How many ways can I say that this is a terrible, horrible, no-good parenting idea?  (Click here to read the FoxNews ar … [Read more...]

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Theology of the Body & Sleep Training–Part Deux (Or, every time you sleep-train, does a puppy really die?)

My post on sleep training, learned helplessness and the TOB predictably netted a lot of comments.  Many of those comments were not posted because they did not reflect well on the correspondent and I feel strongly that it is my job to protect people's dignity.  I'm happy to publish criticisms, but  I won't post something that I think you'll regret when you calm down.But some comments were stellar.  One exchange I had with Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann was, I felt, worthy of it's own post.  While, a … [Read more...]

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Parenting and the Theology of the Body– Can Babies “Self-Soothe”?—(UPDATED 4/4)

The Theology of the Body teaches us that the body has an innate self-donative meaning.  That is;  we are, literally, wired for love and connection, and that God's plan for relationships can be discerned by prayerfully contemplating the bodies God gave us.  Science is actually backing this claim up, and is giving us some important insights into what--given this mindset--is God's intention not only for adult pair bonding (i.e., marriage and sex) but parent-child  bonding as well.  This line of thou … [Read more...]

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