Parenting Articles

Pre- and Perinatal Experiences for Health and Healing

It has been nearly a century since pre- and perinatal psychology was introduced by Otto Rank, a student and colleague of Sigmund Freud. His slim book, The Trauma of Birth, was a gift to his mentor and friend in 1924. This birthday surprise detailed...

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...

A Parent’s Right to Pleasure: Emotional Wellness for Moms and Dads

When a new baby arrives, most mothers and fathers notice themselves undergoing some profound emotional changes. One pair of parents told me they could not bear to watch the news on television for a long time after their first baby was born. All of...

Top 10 Things My Children Taught Me

…about how to ensure a long and strong relationship with your kids.10. Drop your assumptions that you know what’s best for them.

Cultivating a Reverence for Life: Parenting for a Sustainable World

It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly understood the deep connection between early childhood experiences and how they affect our relationship to the earth and all living things. In my work with children, I found that many kids seem to have a...

The Truth About Homework

Widespread misconceptions about learning keep our children busy with needless assignments.There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data. Huge schools are still being b...

Mom, Interrupted

Hey Mom, where are my hockey skates? Hey Mom, have you seen my homework folder? Hey Mom, can I go to Elliott’s house on Saturday?I have figured out why old people lose their hearing. It’s because they want to. After raising children,...

Attachment Moms: In Their Own Words

“As the middle child of five, born to a hard-working father and a stay-at-home mom, the main tenets to maintain sanity and stability were practicality and resourcefulness. There was always a purpose behind our collection of four-legged friends. We...

Also labeled: Issue #33

Happy Healthy Child: A Holistic Approach

An Interview with Bruce Lipton By Sarah KamrathEarlier this year, filmmaker Sarah Kamrath sat down with Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., for an interview about a holistic approach to parenting for her Happy Healthy Child DVD series. Lipton, the author...

The Cycle of Control

When our children are born, they are wholly dependent on us for survival. We are socialized to believe that we know what is best for our children, and it is our responsibility in turn to socialize them to become responsible, productive adults....

The Mean-ing of Life

Not only is it unlikely your kids are “average,” it’s downright impossible.When I was a kid, mothers raised their children according to a famous book by Dr. Benjamin Spock called The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. The book...

Romancing the Mom

I’m meeting an old lover today. He sounded great on the phone: successful, influential, professional. All the traits that attracted me to him in the first place. A string of “what-if’s” float through my mind. No, it’s not a man that’s setting...

Too Many Things

When you spoil your children with material goods, is the motivation coming from your own inner child?One of the greatest things about children is that they have the ability to entertain themselves for long periods of time with something as...

Wholeness, Not Perfectionism

“Do not doubt your own basic goodness. In spite of all confusion and fear, you are born with a heart that knows what is just, loving, and beautiful.”

Your Child is Like the Rain: A Guide for the Peaceful Parent

When our neighboring Mount St. Helens recently started to rumble, one of my children asked, “Do people who live close by get mad when the volcano erupts?” “Do you get mad at the rain?” I asked. While he was pondering my question, his...

Also labeled: Author Naomi Aldort, Issue #30

Teen Parenting: An Alternative Perspective

I was a teen parent in the late 1950s, when getting married was virtually the only way to go. I am so grateful now that abortion was not a viable option. My beautiful daughter turned fifty last year. She is a ceramic artist and mother to a young...

The Important First Nine Months of Life

In my novel, The Birth of Hope, I created an idealized version of what a baby preparing for birth may be thinking and feeling. (You can read a quote from it atop the next page.) We have no scientific way of knowing if thoughts are even possible...

Parenting Within Civilization

It is true that our very long dependency period and intense vulnerability can result in horrific patterns—aggression, fear and greed—caused by trauma and conditioning. But when we emerge and grow under the right conditions, human essence naturally...

The Science of Father’s Love

The transition to fatherhood is one of the most significant and challenging experiences a man will ever face. In order to have a satisfying and successful experience, fathers must feel safe, supported and confident. To optimize the possibilities...

Self-Care for Mothers

Of all the problems of modern life, few are more pervasive than stress. Stress and fatigue are signals that you are not giving enough to yourself. Stress can cause a wide variety of ailments and serious diseases, including allergies, pain and heart...