Family Life Articles

Doulas: Before, During, and After Birth

A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who is specially trained to provide various kinds of support for the mother before, during, and/or after the birth. The term comes from ancient Greece, where a female servant called “the doula” attended the...

Playing is More Than Just Fun: Benefits of Proper Motion to Develop Healthy Minds and Bodies

Having fun with your child is important, but good play routines can last a lifetime. It is a parent’s responsibility to stimulate their child’s developing nervous system with every motion and activity. These motions are helpful in dev...

“For the Sake of the Children” Cooperative CO-Parenting During and After Divorce

In 20 years of being a family child care provider and 12 years of conducting parenting workshops I have seen parents struggle with and children suffer from uncooperative CO -parenting. Years ago when couples found themselves in an unhappy,...

How to Tickle with Dignity

My son vividly remembers the day his first son told him to back off. My son wasn’t trying to do anything intrusive; he was tickling his boy like he’s always done. But, on this day, his son asserted himself in a way that gave my son a new per...

Why Recess Is Different from PE

When school began last fall, many parents discovered that recess has disappeared from their children’s day. Of those who asked why, some were probably told that because their children have physical education class they don’t need recess. But PE and...

Gift From the Future

Relationships between parents, children, and society are in the midst of a tectonic shift. Behaviors once thought to be private matters, such as child battery, alcoholism, drug abuse, and spousal abuse, are now considered public matters. Attitudes...

Jumping Jeepers: Why Won’t These Kids Sit Still?

“She’s hyperactive, you know.” Mrs. Bryant said it with deep concern. Then, as if to mitigate the cause of her concern, she added with an embarrassed giggle, “I guess Erica got it from me.” With considerable astonishment I realized that Mrs....

Re-Valuing Free Play

Many parents don’t realize that imaginative free play has been squeezed out of our children’s lives, and what a tremendous loss this is. The majority of preschool programs today emphasize early learning, computer literacy, or using the...

When Consequences Don’t Work

Your son rides his bike without a helmet. Again. You’ve nagged, begged, pleaded, and informed him of the dangers of riding without one. Next, you’ve issued Consequences! You’ve taken the bike away and put it in the garage for a day, then a week, and...

Growing a Bumper Crop of Smart, Healthy Kids

The connection from farm to table has been broken by decades of change in our food system. The social result of this break in understanding where our food comes from is almost incomprehensible. With increased global food production, cities...

Mother Love

Mother love needs to be cultivated for the good of mankind and for the wellbeing of our sacred planet. The potential for this all-embracing maternal consciousness lies within all of us, male and female. Very often, it is when we hold our first...

Time for Play Every Day: It's Fun and Fundamental

There was a time when children played from morning till night. They ran, jumped, played dress-up, and created endless stories out of their active imaginations. Now, many scarcely play this way at all. What...

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Taking a Road Trip with Your Baby

To Grandmother’s house we go! And you’ll be in the car for five whole hours—how can you make the trip enjoyable with a baby along? There’s no question: Marathon car trips with a baby on board take a good amount of planning and organization....