Wednesday, 16 November 2016

So many blogs, so little time. Where do I start?

I follow quite a lot of blogs and websites but juggling this blog, motherhood and two businesses is sometimes too much and catching up on them all is just too daunting. But, I love reading articles and research on parenting etc and want to keep doing so. 
I’m not keen on subscribing to email notifications as I already have what feels like a million emails a day to go through. 
I've found that the best way for me to keep up to date is by liking/following their Facebook pages and then the links to articles pop up on my news feed and I can pick and choose which interest me. I can also click on the save button to remind me to read later.

So, here’s a list of some of my favourite blogs/websites and Facebook pages:

I’ll start with a shameless plug of my Facebook page! I share lots of interesting articles and of course link to new blog posts of my own:

Evolutionary Parenting:
Tracy Cassels, PhD is the founder of Evolutionary Parenting. She writes really interesting pieces all of which are evidence based. She has a background in Cognitive Science, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

Janet Lansbury Elevating Child Care:
Once an actress and model (Janet Julian) was inspired by infant expert Magda Gerber in the early 1990’s and found her calling. Magda's theories about child-rearing, and mentorship with her changed Janet’s life. She trained with Magda for several years and eventually became a parenting advisor and teacher. 
Her book ‘No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame’ was (and still is) an absolute life saver for me. 

Gentle Sleep Book:
Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known baby & toddler expert and a highly regarded popular parenting author who specialises in the psychology and science of parenting, ‘gentle parenting’ and attachment theory.
Her book ‘The Gentle Sleep Book’ was a game changer for us. I highly recommend it.

Gentle parenting:
Founded by Lorraine Berry, Sarah Ockwell-Smith and Kate Sutherland. Between them they have ten children, one midwifery degree, one psychology degree, one business degree, two antenatal teaching qualifications, three published parenting books and a whole lot of passion and belief.

L.R.Knost - Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources:
Best-selling author, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher and founder and director of the advocacy and consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, as well as a monthly parenting and education contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She is also a babywearing, breastfeeding, cosleeping, homeschooling, mother of six. 
One of her most famous and poignant quotes (which I really love) is 
“It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

Aha parenting:
Dr. Laura Markham creates Aha! moments for parents of kids from babies through teens. She trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University, but she's also a mom, so she understands kids -- and parents!

Pinky McKay:
An International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a busy private practice in Melbourne, Australia, Pinky McKay is a best-selling author with four titles published by Penguin. Her posts don’t come up in my feed quite as much as I’d like because of the time difference with Australia. I usually find they come up when I’m having a sleepless night or if I’m up at 5am!

Analytical Armadillo:
An International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Breastfeeding Counsellor. Writing about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, infant health & parenting thoughts - plus anything else she finds interesting and fancies sharing.

Attachment Parenting UK:
All things Attachment Parenting related. Which means building strong bonds by responding in a timely & sensitive way, modelling behaviour & connecting with respect & empathy, relationship quality built on physical & emotional closeness and feeling your way with trust in your instinct and compassion for yourself.

This website was developed to provide evidence based information on breastfeeding and parenting. She is the mother of three children, and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Articles are helpful and encouraging.

BellyBelly is where thinking women and men turn to for the best, evidence-based pregnancy, birth, and parenting information. It’s an Australian website so much like Pinky McKay their posts come up in my newsfeed at funny times of day.

The Badass Breastfeeder:
Abby Theuring is a blogger, public speaker, social worker, activist, wife and mother of 2 breastfeeding boys. She writes about all aspects of parenting and being a woman.

Of course there are tons of brilliant pages, blogs and websites, this is just a collection of some of my favourites. Please let me know if there’s one that you love too so I can check it out.

Dawn x


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