Children's Health & Wellness Articles

Nine Health Concepts Kids Won't Learn in School

When it comes to health, children today are guided by an illusion of reality. Teachers in the educational system have only the best of intentions, but unfortunately they’re led by a curriculum so distorted from our natural world that it is nearly...

Why Children Need Community

Our indigenous roots reveal that children want and need to move beyond attachment to their parents.I’m all for natural parenting. The basic premise of such parenting, at least as I view it, is that you trust your children’s instincts and...

Compassion at Her Core

For the Batek people of Malaysia, nurturance equals leadership.Tanyogn was the kind of person who would be an asset to any community. She was highly intelligent, able to see through specious arguments, able to judge when the traders from...

Attachment and the Development of Resilience

As parents, we want nothing more than for our children to grow into autonomous, responsible, happy adults capable of living authentic, purposeful lives. Our relationship with them—described by scientists as attachment—is the single most important...

11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew

After 25 years practicing pediatrics, and caring for thousands of children, I’ve noticed some patterns that offer me a deeper vision of health. I’d like to share some of those invaluable lessons with parents.

Making the Connection: How to Talk to Kids So They Respond!

Are you wondering how you can connect more deeply with your child? Would you like to know how to talk to kids using peaceful conflictresolution strategies to ease tension or calm aggressive behavior in children? Often, we can be triggered by...

Adjusting for Life: How Releasing the Power that Made the Body Heals the Body

When Sofia was 2 months old she started having multiple seizures daily. Her parents brought her to specialists throughout South Florida in the hopes of finding an answer. An EEG showed significant epileptic activity and brain waves characteristic of...

Erasing Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight on Six Homeschooling Myths

I never planned to homeschool. I am the daughter, niece and granddaughter of excellent public school teachers. I cheerfully volunteered in my children’s classrooms and worked on parent committees. I believed in doing my best to change a flawed s...

Schoolhouse, Rocked

The author of Free to Learn discusses his hopes for the book, and for children’s education in our society.With regard to our educational system, I feel a bit like the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” who...

Still at Large: Are Psychiatric Drugs the Hidden Culprit in Mass Shootings?

On the morning of May 21, 1988, I stood before my class of 25 traumatized fifth graders and began a necessary discussion about one of the first school shootings, which had occurred the previous morning at a nearby elementary school in Winnetka,...

The Truth About Homework

Widespread misconceptions about learning keep our children busy with needless assignments.There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data. Huge schools are still being b...

Happy Healthy Child: A Holistic Approach

An Interview with Bruce Lipton By Sarah KamrathEarlier this year, filmmaker Sarah Kamrath sat down with Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., for an interview about a holistic approach to parenting for her Happy Healthy Child DVD series. Lipton, the author...

The Mean-ing of Life

Not only is it unlikely your kids are “average,” it’s downright impossible.When I was a kid, mothers raised their children according to a famous book by Dr. Benjamin Spock called The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. The book...

The Pill Merchants: The Relentless and Tragic Marketing of Psychiatric Drugs

In our work, we strive to alleviate distress and to support and enhance people’s personal growth, transformation, individua- tion, self-determination, and clear and expanded awareness. Necessity dictates that we also spend a lot of time challenging...

Understanding and Applying the Intelligence of Play

Nurture the soil, and the seed grows fully with little attention. Neglect the soil, and the seed’s development is compromised at every step. Children are seeds. We are the soil, but we are often blind to our own lack of mentored development. I...

The Benefits of Baby Carrying

Horizontal transport stresses an infant’s body… while the upright position provides a variety of health benefits. Europe seems to host the greatest number of pediatricians who recommend that, in order to avoid pressure on their und...

Getting the Inside Out

Ninety percent of a child’s success in life depends upon emotional responsiveness. Can a child respond to life without hesitance and fear? You have a wonderful opportunity to help your child develop and use strong inner resources. When we h...

Why Kids Need Recess

More and more, parents are protesting school policies that allow teachers and administrators to withhold recess to punish student misbehavior. Common infractions include tardiness, acting out in class and failure to complete homework—everyday...

Also labeled: Author Rae Pica, Issue #25

Empowering Websites for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby

Resources , Information and Directories of Practitioners BirthCenters.org A comprehensive resource of birth...

Hop, Skip and Jump: Physical Activity Molded our Past. Can it Shape our Future?

Once upon a time, children were almost never indoors, preferring to play outside. Nor were they ever still for long. They skipped and galloped, climbed trees, jumped rope, played hopscotch and rode their bicycles for blocks. They ran screaming...

Also labeled: Author Rae Pica, Issue #23