Issue #49 Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #49 - Liminal Consciousness

In this issue, there are...

Risky Play

Why Children Love It and Need It. To protect our children we must allow them to play and learn without adult supervision. Fear, you would think, is a negative experience, to be avoided whenever possible. Yet...

Thinking Outside the Chair

Our physical environment is constant, meaning there are forces constantly at play—shaping our bodies into a structure we will call on in the future. Unfortunately, the set of forces modern people tend to create result in a...

Master Controls

How chiropractic enhances life by removing obstructions to the nervous system’s communication with the body. Have you ever considered how you were made? Let’s take a moment to expand on this question: Have you con...

A Powerful Trust

What if you’re disempowering your children when you think you’re doing what’s best for them? As a mother of three daughters who are now young adults, I’ve had a rather unusual experience compared to most ...

The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line e-mail: “I am not going to Harvard…. I am going to plant corn.” Her statement signals a profound divergence from the path she’d set out on when...

Molecules of Love

Oxytocin, the hormone of love, stimulates cells in the heart muscle to release a chemical messenger called “atrial natriuretic peptide.” In other words, oxytocin affects the heart! Oxytocin molecules are molecules of love, the neurotransmitters of...

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house...

Hands that Itch to Hold the Spoon

After World War II solid baby foods began to replace breastfeeding. Here’s how it happened. More often in this postwar period, embedded in discussions of infant feeding were assumptions about civilization, progress,...

Where's My Center

A closer look at child-centered parenting and the Continuum Concept. We were clueless. That, in a nutshell, describes how much my wife and I knew about parenthood when we started on this path....

Also labeled: Author Scott Noelle, Parenting

Beautiful Consequences

A broken clock highlights the value of non-punitive parenting. I knew it was a mistake. He didn’t mean to break the clock.

The Birth Pause

If a “pregnant pause” is a breath held in a story, a moment’s stillness where we linger between what has been told and what is yet to be told, then what we are calling a “birth pause” might be thought of as a breath at the moment of birth: a...

Why Are We Asking Doctors if Women Should Have Midwives?

New pro-midwife guidelines have recently been issued in the United Kingdom. But in the United States, doctors are all too often the gatekeepers for women’s birth care.A few months ago, I was bumped from a national radio show. The c...

I Became a Mother and Died to Live

So I was hanging out the other day with a friend who has a newborn. A freaking gorgeous newborn boy, to be exact. He is her first baby. She has recently become a mother. You know, when we hear those words we hear them like it’s no big...

Grounding for Babies

Caregiver meditation to help us calm infants and be present for them. It’s no secret that babies feel what their mothers feel, both inside and outside of the womb. In much the same way, they sense their caregivers—which is...

Beyond Babywearing

Do you wear your baby? Nurse your toddler? Sleep in a family bed? If you do, chances are you’ve been influenced by an obscure little book penned more than four decades ago. Many of today’s Attachment Parenting principles were first brought to the...

Faster than the Speed of Life

Have you ever wondered why the faster you try to get things done, the more mishaps occur? Could it be that sometimes you actually get ahead of yourself and move too fast for your own good?