Tracy Gillett
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.

Entries by Tracy Gillett

'Spoiling' Your Baby With Affection Helps Them Thrive Growing Up

(9) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 11:25 AM

Babies are born with a complete understanding of one beautiful and universal mammalian language: TOUCH. Communicating love, tenderness, affection, responsiveness and respect, we are evolutionarily primed to crave touching our babies and with good reason; without it, our children fail to thrive physically and emotionally.

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Inside The Quiet Revolution Redefining Modern Parenthood

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 5:23 AM

Brooke Froelich and her son Huck | Photo: Alisa Geiser

To say I've been eagerly anticipating the film Raising a Wild Child is a massive understatement. The buzz surrounding the release of this female directed and mama-inspired labour of love...

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Prioritizing Free Play May Reduce Teenage Anxiety And Depression

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 10:34 AM

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I remember the car ride home when my parents found out my brother skipped school for the first time. We turned the corner and crossed the train tracks as they calmly told him not to do it again.

They weren't mad. There was...

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The Happiest Country On Earth Is Proof Positive Parenting Works

(4) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 1:25 PM

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Two of my favourite things related to writing about positive parenting are the inspiring people I cross paths with and the incredible lessons they've taught me about life, love and happiness. Back in March this year, Jessica Joelle Alexander, emailed me about her book,

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Why I'll Never Teach My Son Manners

(88) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 12:07 PM


"What's the magic word?" said the shop assistant, waving his new purchase in front of him.

Are you serious? I thought to myself.

His expression turned from excitement to confusion. Moments earlier he confidently approached "the lady", smiling and greeting her with a...

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How Do You Keep Your Marriage Strong After Having Kids?

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 9:04 AM


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. Our soul mates, the loves of our lives, the...

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5 Thoughtful Ways To Raise Respectful Children

(12) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 8:02 AM

"I gave you a warning two minutes ago. Let's go," she says. He shakes his head, expressing he'd like to stay a little longer, "I'm going to count to three. One, two...."

"I'm thirsty. More water?" he begs.

"Ok, but quickly," she says signalling to the waitress, "I'd like a...

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What Do We Lose When We Try To Have It All?

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 9:24 AM


My head is heavy on the pillow as I sense my husband gently peeling back the bed covers and, inch by inch, easing his way out from our family's slumber. He momentarily catches my gaze and we smile good morning to each other....

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Trust Your Baby And Ditch The Diapers

(204) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 9:50 AM

Babies need diapers. Right? The choice is simple: disposable or cloth. Or is there a third option?

What if parenthood doesn't have to mean years of changing dirty diapers? What if babies and toddler don't have to sit in their own waste? What if you could avoid the battle of...

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Are Breastfeeding Moms Extraordinary Or Exhibitionists?

(92) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 11:40 AM

You may have seen them.

Lurking in coffee shops. Hiding in women's changing rooms. Exposing themselves on airplanes. They're making their way from coast to coast traumatizing innocent victims as they go. And to make matters worse each has at least one tiny accomplice.

They're shameless, chronically sleep-deprived, and dangerous....

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How I Survived The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Infertility

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 2:04 PM


"Your sperm is healthy but it's no gold medal winner. And it won't make up for her deficiencies" said our Fertility Specialist to my husband as I sat next to him. "I'd give you a 2 per cent chance of falling pregnant. 10...

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Lessons In Kindness From A Two-Year-Old

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 10:33 AM

I sense my son's confusion. The expression on his face is saying, "Why is she crying, Mummy?"

The adults at the party carry on with their conversations as if they can't hear the screaming toddler in the background. It's just a tantrum after all. It's normal for a three-year-old, isn't...

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8 Ways To Simplify Your Child's Life (And Yours)

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 4:27 PM

"Outside Mama" says my little man, "outside".

A momentary break in our round-the-clock west coast rain reignites my son's passion for the outdoors. His instincts are telling him life's better in the fresh air. So, I throw our schedule out the window and go with the flow my son is...

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Why I Choose To Continue Breastfeeding My Toddler

(191) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 12:34 PM


Nursing a baby in public is hard enough. But nursing a toddler is a whole other ball game. The disapproving stares. The negative comments: "If he has teeth he's too old to nurse!" "If she can ask for milk she's too old to breastfeed!" "Isn't it about time she gave...

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Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

(185) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 10:14 AM

When my dad was growing up he had one sweater each winter. One. Total.

He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his sweater. If the elbows got holes in them my grandma patched them back together. If he lost his sweater he'd recount his steps to find it again. He...

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