Family Life Articles

Adventures in Tandem Breastfeeding

By the time I got pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I had read all the books, websites, and Pathways articles I could, and became extremely interested in the benefits of breast milk. All of my reading led me to decide that I wanted to...

Enjoy Your Kids

Being present as a parent can make both the fun times and the struggles something to savor.Have you ever noticed how pregnant women and parents with little kids seem to naturally attract all kinds of unsolicited advice? When I was pregnant,...

Engaging Mindfulness Every Day

Living mindfully holds appeal for many of us. When we meet a person who has integrated mindfulness into his or her experience, it sparks an inner longing. The thought of less rushing and more presence is appealing. The challenge is how to get...

Self-Care Isn't Selfish

Being kind to yourself is the key to being your best for the people who depend on you.In writing about self-care, I have one immediate hurdle to overcome: I loathe the term “self-care.” And, in fact, I am not so great at the actual task. Lik...

Matters of the Heart During Pregnancy

Finding Home Together in an Evolving WorldWe live in an exciting yet uncharted time. The 20th century Newtonian worldview that considered our core nature to be physical has expanded exponentially into a 21st century multidimensional,...

Postpartum Doulas

Even After the Birth, Professional Expertise Can Make a Big DifferenceSometimes pregnant women say they don’t need a postpartum doula because they have their mother/husband/sister/great aunt coming to stay. Which is all well and good. But...

Payback Is a Blessing

How I Inadvertently Created the Village That Saved MeI have been called unlucky, and I guess, by some calculations, I could be considered so. I am a person who big things happen to. Big, hard things. Of course, everyone has stuff—life h...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #61 - Mama Minou

While my husband and I were in college, we started going to a chiropractor who helped us regain our normal function. This was after we were told by medical professionals that we were doomed to have “bad backs” for the rest of our lives. What an...

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...

Laying the Groundwork: Five Reasons Why Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby and Your Parenting

When I meet a new mom, dad, and baby for the first time at a consultation for colic and sleep, I always open with the same topic: “Tell me about your birth.” Mostly my request is met with confusion, wrinkled eyebrows, and exchanged curious...

Too Much: Why Adults Resist the Exuberant Nature of Children

For adults disconnected from their power, a child’s unbounded, spirited nature can easily be “too much”—too much enthusiasm, too much spontaneity, too much imagination, too much anger, too much sadness. The greater the repression in the adult carried...

Real Self-Care for Mothers

I talk a lot about self-care for mothers in my work. And I find it so interesting that when I read articles for women about self-care, the recommendations are often things like, “Pamper yourself! Go get a manicure! Take a bubble bath!” Do I...

Home Sweet Homebirth

There is an overwhelming cultural belief in the United States that hospitals are the safest place to give birth, regardless of the extensive scientific data that suggests otherwise. Numerous studies around the world have documented the safety of...

The Forgotten

Wow! It’s real! The test turned blue. The plus sign appeared. No questions. You are pregnant. Now the fun starts. The planning, the picking of names, baby clothes, diapers, wipes, and birth plans. Will you give birth at home? In a hospital?...

A Tale of Two Births: How Chiropractic Reshaped How I Birth

Leading up to my first birth, I had obstetric care until I was 34 weeks. My obstetrician told me I would be induced two weeks early, for no reason other than he felt it was best, so I transferred care to a group of midwives. Overnight, it seemed, I...

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...

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...

Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?

We don’t always understand why certain things happen. At times it could be so easy to be mad. To play the victim. To feel shame, disgrace, or even envy. It could be so easy for my husband and me to get angry, since this is our second...

A Child's Innate Gifts

Each child is unique. Parents come to know their offspring as highly distinct individuals soon after birth. In part, that’s because babies arrive with traits and talents waiting in a raw state of potential. Young people have an inborn drive t...