Parenting Articles

My Father Is a Great Man

He is a man. He is 44 years old. He has black hair and sparkling blue eyes. He is my father. He is by far the person of whom I am most proud. Taking care of his children and relatives is his top priority. Everyone that knows him sees him as a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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.

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....

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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.