Children's Health & Wellness Articles

The Secret Power of Your Stable Nervous System

There’s a lot of well-deserved attention right now on teaching mindfulness to children, at home and in school. We know that mindfulness can be a powerful intervention to help young people cultivate critical skills for paying attention, and calming...

Birth Trauma: A Cultural Blind Spot

If I were to walk into a room of mothers and declare that it was complete nonsense that birth was painful, I would expect outrage and anger in respone. Yet the idea that birth may be painful for the baby as well as the mother carries very little...

Change

Looking out the kitchen window, I sighted the remnants of summer play—collected shells, sticks, soldiers. All abandoned to the call of dinner, or perhaps a friend. They are frozen, waiting for my 12-year-old to reanimate them with his young mind a...

The Vital First Adjustment

The baby was born without respiration or a heartbeat. There are moments in one’s life where time seems to slow down and you truly do experience an out-of-body sensation. There were so many things going on around me, but all I could do was stare at t...

Progress and Motion

If you’re wondering why your kids won’t pay attention, it might be because they don’t get enough movement.Most parents spend a lot of time wondering why their kids won’t listen. Are they doing it deliberately? Do they need their hearing...

Teaching Meditation in School? 4 Reasons to Reconsider It

I take issue with teaching children meditation in school, particularly when done without a wider view of the systemic causes for child dysregulation and a more thorough understanding of trauma. Yes, meditation has been proven to be effective...

Shed Those Shoes!: How Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development

It drove my mother crazy when I went barefoot as a kid. It still does—because I’m in stockinged feet in the fall and winter, and barefoot the rest of the time! I can’t stand the confinement of shoes. And I’ve long been an advocate for children to go...

Free Play: 10 Ways Unstructured Play Helps our Kids Thrive

Free play—the unstructured time during which children can act out their fantasies, create their own rules, and explore the world at their own pace— profoundly benefits children’s early development. But while experts agree that undirected play is...

Also labeled: Issue #63, Author Neve Spicer

No Sleep Training Required

How to Achieve Radical Acceptance of Biologically Normal Infant SleepSleep is a usually a concern for parents for a variety of reasons. Most of these are fueled by unnecessary fear. It is so important to support parents as...

On Their Own: How to Stop Interfering with Your Child’s Development

It’s hard to give objective information about raising a child to a parent without them feeling offended, so when I see things that make me cringe, I usually bite my tongue. But when a friend asked me what I thought about putting her 3-month-old in a...

Building Your Baby from the Ground Up

I meet with a wide range of patients—from factory workers to athletes, young families to the elderly. Yet there is something particularly special about working with infants. Reaching and wriggling as they yearn to discover the world, their reflexes...

Chiropractic and Nighttime Bedwetting: Kelsey's Story

Even though I was not fortunate enough to grow up with chiropractic in my own life, once I discovered the power and significance of prenatal and pediatric chiropractic as an adult, I vowed to make it my purpose. I was four years into practice and...

Purpose of Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy

Clarity on the Webster Technique in Pregnancy With the intent of supporting natural childbirth in the mid 1980s, Larry Webster, D.C., developed a chiropractic adjustment now called the Webster technique. The first and most significant...

What About the Baby?: The Dynamics of a Normal and Healthy Birth

On the physical level, birth happens naturally by a complex series of biological events believed to be initiated by the baby. When baby is ready, it is her biological priority to navigate down the birth canal with help from the contractions of the...

Newborns, Infants, and Chiropractic

Many chiropractors are saying that all babies need to have their spines checked to determine if vertebral subluxations are present. Subluxations may exist at birth, or they might even be produced by the birth process. New studies now indicate that...

Chiropractic and Children

Why Chiropractic Care for Children?Being born is tough work for both mothers and babies. There are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during her journey into the world. A recent study by Viola Frymann demonstrated...

Also labeled: Chiropractic, Issue #60, Issue #61

Co-Sleeping and Biological Imperatives

Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep AloneWhere a baby sleeps is not as simple as current medical discourse and recommendations against co-sleeping in some western societies want it to be. And there is good reason why. I write to...

Communication and Connection

We live in an extremely behavior-focused society. From the moment our babies are born, people ask us about our baby’s behaviors and make judgments about whether our baby is good or bad based upon how much she inconveniences us as parents.

Rereading How Children Learn

The Joy and Sorrow of Revisiting the Work of John HoltIn a survey we conducted a few years ago, educational psychologist Gina Riley and I asked unschooling families to name the writers whose works had influenced them most in their decision...

The View from My Side of the Fence

The Early Childhood Technology DebateHave you ever noticed that it’s possible to debate an issue, presenting all your best arguments and the research to back them up, and still not change anybody’s mind? If you participate in social media,...