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After Another School Shooting, Doing My Best to Parent in a Scary World

Since last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College, I’ve been thinking a lot about the problem of gun violence in our country. This isn’t a typical topic for me, but of all the things that we worry about as parents, this should probably be among the top of our list. Read more

Learning to Crawl Disrupts Infant Sleep (Or, Science Confirms What We’ve Already Observed)

Sometimes, when you're going through a rough patch with your baby's sleep, it helps just to know that it's normal. A recent study published in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development helps in this regard, because it shows that when babies learn to crawl, they have a harder time sleeping during the night. I write about the study and about my own experiences with sleep disruptions in late infancy.

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Where I’ve Been: Busy with Media Coverage of The Science of Mom!

I planned to be posting more frequently here on the blog over the summer, but my limited time has been filled up with responding to media requests about my book. That’s a great thing, and it’s been fun to hear from people interested in my book and to have the opportunity to talk about it.

The most exciting media opportunity was my interview with Rachel Martin on NPR’s Weekend Edition. I wrote about that experience on the blog here. After that broadcast, Amazon was sold out of my book by the end of the day! Reviews on Amazon have also been wonderful. Seriously, each one warms my heart, because it affirms that I accomplished what I set out to do with this book. Read more

Hear My Interview on NPR! And a few thoughts on it…

I was thrilled to be interviewed by Rachel Martin for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. The interview aired yesterday, but you can listen to it and read the transcript here:

‘Science of Mom’: Scientist Sorts Through Studies So Parents Don’t Have To

I’m not going to even try to pretend that this was not a HUGE deal to me. I grew up listening to NPR every single day. We lived in a very small house, where the bedrooms were all basically right off of the kitchen, and the sounds of Morning Edition woke me up just about every morning. We listened to NPR in the car on the way to and from school and then back at home while we made dinner. The familiar voices of NPR hosts and the opening jingle were a part of my childhood. And while some kids might dream of being a professional athlete or famous actor, I dreamed of being on NPR. I figured that a good life goal was to do something interesting or useful enough to justify an NPR interview. I never dreamed that it might come out of a parenting blog, but life is full of unexpected surprises. Read more

5 Evidence-Based Tips for Your Baby’s First Shots

5 important things to know before your baby's first shots - supported by science!. Find out science-based ways to reduce your baby's discomfort and what to expect afterwards.

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The Science of Mom: An Introduction

Get a sneak peek at my book, The Science of Mom! You can read the entire Introduction here!

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3 Ways to Help Your Favorite New Author

I’ve never been very good at self-promotion. I’m a shy person, and half of the time, I write stuff and sort of hope nobody reads it. But I’m learning that if I want people to read my book – and I do! – then I actually do need to tell people about it. I also need to ask for help spreading the word.

Shameless use of cute baby to promote book.

Shameless use of cute baby to promote book.

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The Things She Carried… and Barely Used

I’ve been unpacking after a week-long trip to my mom’s house. Among the items I’m pulling out of my backpack: 2 nonfiction books that I’ve been wanting to read, 2 copies of The New Yorker, 1 new legal pad for writing, plus clothes for running and yoga.

I barely cracked open the books and magazines. The legal pad is as clean as ever. The workout clothes are still neatly folded and fresh smelling. I’m exhausted, and I’m laughing at myself. After almost 5 years of motherhood, why do I still hold on to the hope that I’ll be able to catch up on reading, writing, and exercise when I’m traveling with my kids? Read more

A Book Update (It’s Coming!), Plus 2 Giveaways to Win Your Own Copy

I'm counting the days until my book is released! Here's your chance to win some of the first copies shipped, plus info on ordering.

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How Often Should a Baby Poop? And Other Important Questions…

My 6-month-old baby didn't poop for 7 days, and I wondered if I should be worried. Here's what I found out.

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