Family Life Articles

Letting Go

Being a mother to four young children can be an extremely challenging feat. There are days when I feel like everyone’s needs are clashing and I am left wondering if anyone is even remotely getting what they need. With four, or more, different ideas...

Homeschooling: A Natural Fit for the Kinesthetic Child

As we were sitting down to dinner, Alex, a wiry 4-year-old, finally stopped running and took his seat. Turning to his mom, I remarked, “When your child starts kindergarten, they will want to put him on drugs for ADHD. Don’t do it.” She repli...

The Milestones That Matter Most

“M-a-t” “M-at.” “Mat.” My 6-year-old pored over her Bob book, painstakingly sounding out each word. I listened and worried; her older brother was able to read those same words at a much younger age. It’s natural to compare our children and fret...

On Becoming a Father

In Ancient Rome, to be a father, it was not enough to conceive the child. In fact, biological lineage did not matter. A man had to publicly declare his will and intention to become the child’s pater (the Latin word for father). The ceremony was...

Relationship Science and Being Human

When I was a child, I used to marvel at the sound of the frogs in our neighborhood creek. Perched on the rocks, they would find each other and croak out an exhilarating symphony of amphibious songs. Meanwhile, tadpoles swam in the cool, flowing...

How I Learned to Disconnect to Connect

I am used to staying in touch with people and accessing news online whenever I want. But over the last year, when I was writing and launching my new book, Parenting Without Borders, I found myself on my computer more and more. There were edits to...

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...

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...

Hatching Spring

Each year, in the thick of winter, my chickens tend to get back into the swing of things. Even though it is still freezing cold outside and there is snow, snow and more snow piled up around my homestead, the ladies start regularly laying their...

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...

Animal Chiropractic

The name of this magazine is Pathways to Family Wellness, and in my world, animals are indeed members of our families. My entire life has in some way, shape or form involved close relationships with animals—relationships that I value as much a...

Same Planet, Different Worlds

How Cultural Creatives are transcending alienation and isolation in an industrial world and bringing forward the practical wisdom of conscious living.In this interview with social scientist Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., Pathways associate editor Lisa...

5 Tips for Nature Study

Nature study is one of my family’s favorite ways to spend some of our homeschool day. It’s fun, relaxing, interest-led learning in a real-world, hands-on environment. Here are five tips for making nature study an anticipated part of your family’s...

Also labeled: Author Kris Bales, Issue #38

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,...

Raising Minimalist Teenagers in an Age of Consumerism

“We always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.” –Aleksandr I. SolzhenitsynFour years ago, my family sold, donated or discarded most of our material possessions. It was a decision based on discontent with our current lives. We...

Imagery For Our Children

Spring is a time of new beginnings: flowers blooming and seeds blossoming into lush plants that we’ve nurtured and cultivated. Spring can also be a time of renewal for our children—to open their hearts, to share their hopes, and to expand their...

Painting Wet on Wet: Waldorf Watercolors for Children

Wet-on-wet watercolor painting is a technique taught in Waldorf schools and enjoyed by many homeschoolers. Watercolors are painted on a wet surface, allowing the colors to shift and blend into each other. It’s a satisfying artistic experience, and t...

The Power of Color

Humankind is moving out of the mind and more into a feeling, sensing and knowing experience. Children are very aware of this. They feel, sense and know their way through life. They also know what some healers know: that the use of color is a very...