Parenting Articles

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, Issue #49

How Modern Societies Violate Human Development

Withholding Human Needs Changes Human NatureThe modern world has been making itself into a pathological place by establishing as “normal” various practices that violate basic human needs. This leads to the development of suboptimal cre...

Modern Myths about Tongue-tie

The Unnecessary Controversy ContinuesTwenty-three years ago, when I was doing my research on tongue-tie’s impact on breastfeeding and developing the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function, the most problematic attitude I ever...

Finding Our Feet

Developing Necessary Tone in the Body and Finding the Way to Being VerticalDevelopmental movement works on the body and the brain. The movement of infants is driven by their senses and their drive to thrive. As a baby grows, these forces,...

When Does Parenting Begin?

In our culture, majority opinion is that parenthood starts after birth. This view has been subtly fostered by medical scientists who think of a baby as physical matter, especially brain matter, which they have long believed is insufficient to...

Turn It Up: Parenting from the Heart

My first son was born in February of 2010, just before my 30th birthday. I had dreamed of having a child since I was one myself, and I was blessed to be in a situation where I could leave my career to become a stay-at-home mom. The days leading up...

Unchecked Power

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s speech on the corruption surrounding the CDC’s vaccine division I was dragged, kicking and screaming, into this fight. And it was by a series of extraordinary women who, year after year, when I spoke about mercury...

Children Who Shine from Within

What’s your favorite insect?” my 7-year-old daughter asked as we took an evening walk on the first night of her spring vacation. Before I had a chance to respond, she added, “You can’t pick butterfly. Everyone picks the butterfly.”

Parenting Lessons from Tribes Around the World

A conversation with photographer Jimmy Nelson.Last year, while heavily pregnant, I attended a talk by acclaimed photographer Jimmy Nelson in our local café here in Amsterdam. He was speaking about his new book, Before They Pass Away, and...

What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

An interview with Dr. Wayne DyerHow often, as a parent or grandparent, do you wonder (and worry) whether you are capable of providing the guidance necessary for children to emerge as healthy, self-reliant, resilient and confident adults?

The Importance of Being Around: A Life Lesson on Being a Dad

“Be around.” That’s the first rule on being a father. It’s the easiest to accomplish and the easiest to fail. Men want to be around. They have wives. They have children. They know they should be with them. So where in the hell are they?...

Preparing Our Daughters: A Conscious Shift into the Challenges of Puberty

Our daughters are losing their amazing, full-of-themselves smiles, the ones that break our hearts with their beauty and lack of guile. Something is making them anxious and afraid. You can see it in their worried, critical expressions when they look...

"Be Still, Mumma": Slowly Embracing the Stillness of Motherhood

It’s lucky I chortle at irony. Motherhood is full of it; I have never loved so deeply nor have I ever felt such fury and willingness to kill when it comes to the beings that I love. I have never been so busy nor have I been so present.

Silence Is Golden: How to Respond Respectfully to Unwanted Parenting Advice and Judgment

Parenting can bring out the most interesting advice and remarks from people whom we may not even know—and, of course, from those close to us as well. Sometimes we don’t want this advice. Sometimes we resist it with every fiber of our being. There are...

Also labeled: Author Amy Phoenix, Issue #45

Signal Boost: Send Your Teen These Messages Instead of a Text

Social media has a reputation for being nothing but trouble for teenagers. There are many upsides to social media, not least of which is that it provides a way for teens to connect with one another. What concerns me more than simply the time spent...

A Message to Mums

My mother and father grew up in a society with no overprotective impulses—totally without cotton wool, as we say in New Zealand. Kids got on their bikes and were gone for the day. All was well as long as they were home for supper, or there’d be hel...

Where Are the Happy Babies?

Have we forgotten what babies need from (all of) us?I was so glad to meet a happy, confident, socially engaged baby this week. Baby Loren was a stark contrast to most babies that I encounter these days. Most tend to look distracted, unhappy,...

Raising A New Generation of Strong Women

Imagine if you were taught from an early age that, as Carla Hartley puts it, “birth is a medical event, preceded by an illness called pregnancy and ending with an emergency called labor.”

Face Off

No one likes getting caught in the crossfire of the Mommy Wars. But calling for a truce is misguided and dangerous.Ending the so-called “mommy wars” has become quite the news item, and one that everyone seems to get on board with. I mean, how...

A Question of Respect

(Or, Grown-Ups and Their Double Standards)When I decided I wanted to write a piece on respect, I imagined I’d do some kind of in-depth examination of one central, juicy question. Somewhat predictably, on the journey of looking for it, I...