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Tracy Gillett

Passionate writer, mother and founder of the natural parenting blog Raised Good, a heart-driven platform providing knowledge, power and courage.

Tracy Gillett is a passionate writer, mother and founder of the natural parenting platform Raised Good, providing parents with courage, knowledge and empowerment. Free yourself from the “rules” of modern parenthood with a Huffington Post Exclusive and Tracy’s free eBook, Parenting By Nature. Tracy lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and young son.
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'Raising A Wild Child' Changed How I View Parenting

It's no secret that the average American child spends seven hours in front of a screen every day and only five minutes playing freely in the great outdoors. Mothers have been arrested for allowing their children to play outside or ride their bike without adult supervision. Parents are putting leashes on children to walk them around shopping centres as if they're wild animals who can't be trusted. Preschoolers are asked to sit for extended periods of time when every fibre of their being is screaming at them to run, jump and play. It's refreshing to see a group of down-to-earth, respectful and conscious parents walking their walk and freeing their children of the expectations of modern day society.
12/21/2016 06:24 EST
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Why I'll Never Teach My Son Manners

Since becoming a parent, my eyes have been opened to a minority I was unaware of -- and it's the cutest little minority there is. Children are often treated as second class citizens, as somehow less than adults. This discrimination precipitates manipulation of children and fuels society's expectation of a parenting approach centered on adult's wants rather than children's needs.
08/22/2016 12:06 EDT
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How Do You Keep Your Marriage Strong After Having Kids?

The euphoria of falling in love with our new babies is intoxicating. For me it was such a dominant force, that for a while it overshadowed everything else in my life, including my marriage. I took our marriage for granted, assuming it was strong enough to withstand any challenge. And it is incredibly resilient, but when a baby comes along we're tested like never before. Small cracks in a relationship may grow into colossal chasms and threaten the foundation of our precious family units.
08/02/2016 09:03 EDT
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5 Thoughtful Ways To Raise Respectful Children

One of a child's basic emotional needs is to be treated with respect. It sits at the heart of a strong parent-child connection, which is fundamental to healthy emotional development. We're capable of giving this to our children, but first, we need to recognize disrespectful behaviour and stamp it out before it jeopardizes our most precious relationships.
07/22/2016 08:02 EDT
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What Do We Lose When We Try To Have It All?

We accept life is irreversibly transformed and some parts of our pre-children lives are forever lost. It's hard to do -- life was simple and straightforward before kids and it's healthy to admit we miss it. It doesn't make us ungrateful parents, it makes us human. It means we're honest.
06/23/2016 09:24 EDT
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Are Breastfeeding Moms Extraordinary Or Exhibitionists?

Cracked nipples. Engorged breasts. Improper latches. Mastitis. Bites. Nursing on demand every two hours. Loss of independence. And now, judgmental stares and nasty comments. For most mothers, disapproval, from strangers is the least of our worries. We've given birth. We're enduring a level of sleep deprivation most would consider a form of torture. We're tough. We can handle it. But, why should we?
04/20/2016 11:40 EDT
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How I Survived The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Infertility

Through infertility I became a stronger person. It taught me patience, determination and perseverance.... Your baby is worth fighting for, so although this may feel like hell, keep going. I wouldn't wish infertility on anybody, but I can't say I'd change it now. My little man wouldn't be the same person if I hadn't waited. And nor would I.
04/08/2016 02:04 EDT
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Lessons In Kindness From A Two-Year-Old

I ponder how much kinder our world would be if we were able to maintain our own child-like innocence and act more on instinct rather than learned conventions. If we responded from a place of authenticity rather than politeness. If we were wholeheartedly dedicated to the ones we're with, tending to their needs honestly, rather than worrying how others may judge us.
04/04/2016 10:33 EDT
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8 Ways To Simplify Your Child's Life (And Yours)

Simplifying is vital not only for our kid's health, but also for our own. Simplicity is a rare gift in modern life. It's an obvious message, and when we hear it, we can't help but shout YES. Slowing down feeds our souls and nurtures our families. No matter what parenting style we practice, this topic unites us.
03/22/2016 04:27 EDT
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Why I Choose To Continue Breastfeeding My Toddler

Nursing a baby in public is hard enough. But nursing a toddler is a whole other ball game. The disapproving stares. The negative comments. You've heard it all, right? You probably don't know many other mothers who breastfeed their babies beyond 6 months. Your friends and family may question you. And tell you it's strange to continue to nurse your toddler. But your little man loves nursing. He's vibrantly healthy. Emotionally secure. And you cherish it. It feels normal. Natural. So what should you do?
03/16/2016 12:34 EDT