Issue #35 Articles

Express Delivery

Not every labor is a marathon; some take only a few hours. But are these so-called precipitous births really abnormal, or are they more common than we think?Soon after I began assembling a bed frame, which I thought would be a good labor...

ADHD From Treatment To Function

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become the fourth most common condition sending children to the pediatrician, behind only ear infections, upper respiratory infections and sore throats. Few conditions in children cause as...

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...

The Cover Shot Heard ’Round the World

An Interview with Conscious Parenting Revolutionary Jamie GrumetRock singer Alanis Morissette nailed it when she wrote during the media frenzy surrounding the Time magazine cover featuring Jamie Grumet nursing her 3-year-old son:...

Reclaiming Our Children’s Health

Nutrition, education and food policy affect all of our children. Can we change them for the better?In 2009, the largest recall of peanut products, supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, was prompted by an outbreak of salmonella that...

The Attack on Pregnant Mothers Escalates

Obstetricians and primary care physicians throughout the world will no doubt be lauding the result of a recent publication, “Neonatal outcomes after influenza immunization during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial,” which can be downloaded fre...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #35 - The Friendly Universe

The Friendly Universe“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”- Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein, when asked what was the most significant question...

Finding Presence Through Parenting

Our children live in the moment. We should learn from their example.Many of us are unaware of our boundlessness, our infinite potential and limitless essence. This is because we are confined by the cages of our thoughts, one thought after...

Radical Freedom

Some moment it will dawn on you: You’re free, and always have been. Radically free. You’ll realize you never needed to try so hard. You’ll realize that all along you had what you wanted. You already were it.

The Origins of Attachment Parenting

The cover of the May 21st, 2012 issue of Time magazine sparked a powder keg of controversy and debate over the merits of attachment parenting with its provocative headline, “Are You Mom Enough?” Critics railed against breastfeeding an alm...

The Hard Science of Supporting Low-Tech Birth

Studies show that many interventions increase risk to mother and child instead of decreasing it. In fact, the most scientific birth is often the least technological one.When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who...

A Natural Age of Weaning

Cultures around the world have very different beliefs about when children should be weaned, from very early in the United States to very late in some places. One often hears that the worldwide average age of weaning is 4.2 years, but this figure is...

A Child’s Place Is in the Kitchen: How Cooking Advances Learning

It’s easier to cook when our children aren’t in the way. Bubbling pots and sharp knives, after all, are hardly child-friendly. But the kitchen shouldn’t be off-limits to kids. Yes, dinner takes longer to make when Mason snips the cilantro to...

Don't Should On Us

In class last week I had my Penn State students read a horrifying article on tree death in America, and then polled them on their gut response. The four choices I offered were:

My Body Rocks: A Playwright, Mother and Activist Discovers Her Power

I needed a nap. It was spring 2004, and my body felt a deep-in-the-bones exhaustion. My boys were 3 and 4 years old, I had been rising at 5 a.m. with my older son for more than four years, and I had just spent a year interviewing more than 100...

What Is Education?

A burning desire to learn is the key to a fulfilling lifestyle. It’s something school rarely inspires.What is education? Is it knowledge in basic skills, academics, technical disciplines, citizenship…or is it something else? Our formal...

Also labeled: Author Bob Webb, Inspirational

Deep Wisdom: The Marriage of Science and Spirituality

During the last years of the Cold War, I had a front-row seat as a senior systems designer in the defense industry to one of the most frightening times in the history of the world, and the thinking that led to it. In the final years of the most...

The Benefits of Gratitude

It’s true: Our world is pretty messed up. There’s certainly no shortage of justifications for disappointment and cynicism. But what are you grateful for? It’s a question that could change your life. Recent studies have concluded that the...