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Let's Sleep On It: Reclaiming Parenthood

Let's Sleep On It: Reclaiming Parenthood

By Taylor Kulik
Join me, Taylor Kulik, an occupational therapist and sleep & well-being specialist, as we examine the mainstream narratives that dominate our culture. It's common to enter parenthood without really stopping to reflect on why we are doing the things we are doing. This is a space where we will challenge societal parenting and childhood norms and discuss biological infant sleep without sleep training. We'll also share real journeys of parents who have gone against the grain by practicing responsive and respectful parenting, and by following their intuition.
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Chiropractic for Children & The Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Courtney Kahla
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57:20
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Rethinking Sun Exposure with Nadine Artemis
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April 26, 2021
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April 19, 2021
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March 29, 2021
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