Family Life Articles

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...

Does an Oracle Have All the Answers?

A number of years ago I had the pleasure of teaching a class of 9- and 10-year-olds in my native England. We were in the middle of a history lesson when an incident occurred that created a profound change in my understanding of how to best support...

Soulful Reminders and Activities for the Whole Family

In my heart, I know that all children are vibrant just as they are, if we allow them to be fully themselves. On a soul level, children enter the Earth dimension with a complete understanding of their intended purpose, and with the perfect spiritual...

Six Simple Ways to Get Your Family to Eat Vegetables

Some children devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli like it’s candy—but what can you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green? Most kids (and many adults) don’t like the strong taste and texture of these leafy green...

Also labeled: Author Cathie Olson, Issue #35

The Father Effect: Positive Effects of Involved Dads

Forty years ago it was a novelty for a father to be present at the birth of his own child. Today we would be shocked if, instead of talking his partner through each painful contraction, Dad was downing a beer at the pub or nervously pacing up and...

On Language Development Imagination Is More Important than Knowledge

From the seventh month in utero, before a child is born, every word the mother says brings about a muscular response in the infant. A word is just a vibration of sound, and each vibration is called a phoneme. From the very beginning, there is this...

Surviving the In-Laws

You: It’s quite important for us to co-sleep. We learned about child-led weaning and love the idea of it. We are not letting our baby cry it out. Baby will have solids later so there is less chance of allergies. It is very easy for me to use...

Take Crying Seriously*

*But Not Too SeriouslyLet’s be honest—crying is tough on the nervous system. It’s designed to be. When children have an unmet need that is beginning to cause a disruption in their nervous system, they cry, or get really whiney, as a direct...

Romancing the Mom

I’m meeting an old lover today. He sounded great on the phone: successful, influential, professional. All the traits that attracted me to him in the first place. A string of “what-if’s” float through my mind. No, it’s not a man that’s setting...

Eye On the Ball: Why We Need to Fix Youth Sports

Picture the typical youth sports game—a blur of motion and sound. Some parents are busy cheering or just chatting among themselves, enjoying the day. Others are prowling the sidelines. The prowlers mean business. These parents become field g...

Mom and Dad Were Wrong!: When it Comes to Your Dreams, Sometimes the Best Advice is to Ignore Everything Your Parents Told You

Most of the time my parents got it right. But everything I learned about achieving career bliss, I learned by actually ignoring my well-meaning but cautious parents. In fact, if you aspire to find work that you truly love, some of what your parents...