Family Life Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #57- Mamatoto

The East African language Swahili has a word that captures the inseparableness of a mother and her newborn child: “Mamatoto.” It means “mother-baby,” and it shows us that the mother and baby share an experience as being fundamentally one.

Present from the Start

Allowing Your Child to Attend a Sibling’s Birth and Ways to PrepareI’m often asked whether it’s a good idea to have siblings attend the birth of their new brother or sister. It’s a question that’s almost impossible for anyone other than a...

Cleaning Up the Heartbreak

We were on our way out the door, which has always been a little stressful since we had children. There’s just something about making ourselves and our kids look presentable—all at the same time—that causes tensions to run high. On this...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #56 - A Summit for Conscious Choice, March 2018!

Chiropractors have always been a collaborative force in joining professions related to natural healing. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association embraces this greater mission of chiropractic, and Pathways has been its avenue of...

The Power of Listening: Changing the World, One Grandchild at a Time

What if we really listened to our grandchildren? When my daughter was only 3 months old, I had “conversations” with her, much to the surprise of my family. I had read that small babies could copy sounds we make, and even copy our mouth and...

The Eagle Hoop Prophecy: Introduction to The Four Sacred Gifts

In 1994, a vision came to a Mohican man as he slept in his house tucked into the large pine trees on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. An eagle flew above his sleeping self, dropping a beam of light upon the man’s head. This ray of light began to...

Love for the Unknown

After dating for eight years, followed by 14 months of planning, my husband and I finally tied the knot. Then, about six weeks before the wedding, we conceived. So, we thought, what better time than our wedding to announce our pregnancy? Everyone...

Creating Your Own Power of Eight Circle

Assemble a group of eight like-minded friends who are open to the possibility of healing and intention. You can use a book group, a church group, or the members of your neighborhood. It’s not necessary to be physically present with the members of t...

5 Ways Mothers Give Away Their Power

Dear Mama, You have more power than you might think. You are the master of your domain, and the domain is you and your children. Your mastery should not be confused with dominance and control. I do not mean that you are here to control your...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #55 - Finding the Balance Within

As kids in the 70s, my friends and I were avid followers of The Moody Blues. We had every one of their albums, and we knew every song. We considered them to be almost like prophets of the time. Their message moved the listener to think about the...

Autism, Neuroplasticity and The Polyvagal Theory.. What Does it all Mean?

When I was in college, we learned that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) had two parts: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. We were taught that the ANS was a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, where one was on and the...

Sleeping Like a Baby

Sleep. No other word can generate such an emotive response in so many parents of young children. The “baby sleep industry” is worth millions—a myriad of products from pharmaceutical to musical, mechanical, and material adorn the shelves, lurin...

Cooking Traditionally With Little Time to Cook

As time marches on, I enjoy the various phases, stages, and changes life brings. In this ebb and flow, there have been times when I haven’t been able to live out my ideal as food provider to my family. Let’s face it, nourishing a family with...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #54 - Simple Choice

What is authenticity and how do we express it? As we grow up, most of us take on many of our parents’ values, attitudes, and beliefs. Perhaps we acquired their religious persuasion or their political opinions, their views on healthcare, parenting, o...

Authenticity: Rejecting the Job Model of Parenting for a Freer World

I believe that a free society is possible only if we change some of our fundamental premises about parenting. First, I will address the relationship I see between parenting and how we think about control, and the type of society we create. Then I...

Ambition Addiction: How To Go Slow, Give Thanks and Discover Joy Within

Before becoming a father, I thought I would love snow days. I imagined whipping up pancakes for a half dozen chattering cherubs, then stuffing my animated offspring into cocoons of puffy outerwear and the lot of us diving from the front porch into...

The Guy on the Plane

Most people assume that if you enjoy being around people, if you are gregarious and charming and outgoing, that you must be an extrovert. However, by strict definition an extrovert gets his energy from being with people, while an introvert gets...

The Question that Changed the Way I Parent Forever

I really enjoy hearing different perspectives about child-rearing. Sometimes when I’m driving I’ll listen to different parenting podcasts. I don’t agree 100 percent with everything I hear, but I take away bits and pieces that resonate with me. I’ve...

5 Myths About Young People and Social Media

A new book exposes widely held beliefs about new technologyTeenagers have always been attracted to public spaces where they can hang out, find new friends, and talk endlessly with peers about matters that concern them, away from parents...

If Making Love Were Treated Like Birth: A Sadly Hilarious Video

Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for birth, sex, and love. It’s often referred to as the “love hormone” and plays an important role in these pivotal social interactions. During birth, oxytocin causes the uterine muscles to contract and it also acts...