Parenting Articles

Five Reasons Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby and Your Parenting

When I meet a new mom, dad, and baby for the first time at a consultation for colic and sleep, I always start by asking them to tell me about the birth. Mostly I’m met with confusion, wrinkled eyebrows, and curious looks. Very often they ask me w...

Teaching Babies in the Womb

How Fetal Experiences Can Impact Your BabyAfter more than 35 years of research, it is now well documented that fetal intelligence exists in the womb. There is even a bumper sticker stating, “The Womb Is a School and All Babies Attend.”...

Bliss Before Birth

The Effects of a Mother’s Thoughts and Emotions on her Unborn ChildHow can you best support your baby’s growth and development during your pregnancy? Do your thoughts and feelings affect him?

What Mothers Need to Know About Giving Birth

That birth is a cooperative action between the mother and baby. That babies try very hard to assume the best position for birth.

This Is a Mother's Love

I recall vividly the first night our son, Harper, slept at home with us. He was all of two days old. He slept right next to us in a tiny hammock thing. The idea that he was now on the outside of my body was so bizarre to me that no matter where he...

The Last Time

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms, you will never be the same.You might long for the person you were before,When you have freedom and time,

The Blessed State: A Conversation with Mila Furstova

Mothering brings us into another level of consciousness in which we share our inner life. How does having children affect our artistic expression when we are dedicated to a talent, a vocation, or a career? For some, it can mean putting aside that...

Honest Disagreement in a Pro-Vaccine World

A while back, I received a comment from “Anonymous” in response to one of my blog posts. She expressed dismay that she had to rely on other parents to vaccinate their children in order to keep her immunocompromised daughter with...

Whatever Happened to Winifred Gardella?

For years, this child with polio was the poster child for the March of Dimes. Read what happened next

Guard Your Peace

It’s taken me well into adulthood to establish a baseline for inner peace, and admittedly it’s become sacred to me. In my youth, I spent many years giving away my peace to any cause that came my way. It was understandable, in a way: It’...

Considerations For Pregnancy, Birth and Early Mothering

The more we understand about the human microbiome, the more fundamental it seems. Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding seed a child’s microbiome, and therefore have long-term effects on his or her health. More research is needed to explore h...

Are We Making Our Children Sick?

Sometimes even the best of intentions have unforseen consequences Chronic illness has become the new normal for children. Yet much of what is being done to children— medications they receive like Tylenol and antibiotics, t...

The Arc of Healing

When your child is sick, you don’t need to freak out. One thing I teach all my clients is that symptoms follow an arc. Like every process, there is a cycle to healing: a beginning, middle, and an end.

Evolve Into Love

Conscious evolution in loving, for ourselves and future generations. Individually and collectively, we have long endured a troubled relationship to love. Applying intention, attention, and the science of epigenetics, we can heal ...

Mind Over Genes

Earlier in my career as a research scientist and medical school professor, I actively supported the perspective that the human body was a “biochemical machine ‘programmed’ by its genes.” We scientists believed that...

Parenting Paradoxy

Today my 3-year-old accidentally created a kind of Zen koan, and she discovered the joy of paradoxy in the process. Her new game goes like this:

Honoring the Innate Potential

This remarkable talk at the 2010 Pathways to Family Wellness Summit was given by Joseph Chilton Pearce, who passed away in August. Joseph was a man who spent his entire life searching for the innate potential in mankind— which he found, as all...

Hear My Cry

Why “cry it out” may be one of the most misguided parenting philosophies of our generation.Babies cry. Then they angry cry. Then they stop. Imagine you’re hanging out by a riverbank with some co-gatherers a couple million years ago,...

Chiropractic for Social Well-Being

From very early in our lives—actually in utero— one of the first reflexes that can be observed is that of withdrawal. Withdrawal is a whole-body reaction that is seen in response to a stimulus that is in some way adverse to the developing fetus, suc...

The Manager in My Home…and the Five Words that Changed Everything

Every couple of weeks I patiently untangle the knots of strawberry-blonde hair that sit at the base of my child’s neck. As I sat on the corner of the tub the other night, gently loosening an especially stubborn clump while my daughter chattered a...