Parenting Articles

A 21st Century Manifesto for Parenting

Is Western civilization harming our children? Let’s look at the evidence. If health indicates the quality of an individual’s relationship with his environment, then increases in chronic illnesses among children reflect our society’s failu...

Protecting the Cave

The ancient archetype of a father during birth is that of him standing guard at the opening of the cave, protecting the birthing mother and newborn from danger. As we move through time, he comes closer to the actual location of the birth...

Parenting the Whole Child: Nurturing the Connections Between Emotion, Intellect, Body and Spirit

Our western worldview has given us a fragmented picture of the self. As a result, we have developed segmented disciplines in our society. Medicine treats the body’s symptoms; psychology deals with the emotions; education trains the intellect; r...

Reflections on Isolation

We are not alone in our parenting ways. We are all here together, connected as part of the whole. And the parents who do it all differently are connected with us, too. We just may not recognize it yet.

Also labeled: Author Naomi Aldort, Issue #22

Healing Our Children with Attentional, Emotional, and Learning Challenges

There is an epidemic in our society. More and more children are being assigned more and more labels. These labels include attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), receptive and/or expressive language...

Understanding Parents of Children with Autism

I dedicate this article to parents of children with autism and the friends and families who support them unconditionally. For most parents of children with autism, discovering their child has the disorder is an overwhelmingly traumatic experience....

Moms & Dads, Who is the Boss of You? The Force of Culture on Birth and Parenting Choices

By Marcy Axness, PhD (with contributions from Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD) Few things get me as riled up as people or companies that parlay the fragile hopes of well-meaning parents into a fat bottom line. Take, oh, for example, the Baby...

Children Who Feel Loved Are More Loving

Author Louise Hart wrote, “How many of you think your parents loved you as a child? Now, how many of you felt loved as a child?” When Hart speaks to parent groups she asks those two questions and consistently gets the same response. When she asks the...

The Joy of Being a Mother

Being a mother can be much more joyful than we make it, if we learn to recognize when and why we make it harder than it should be. As a pediatrician, I often ask mothers to stop regretting the past, as well as to stop worrying obsessively about the...

Along Came Autism: Dominick’s Story

I think any mother first looks at her newborn son, all pink and soft, and dreams of his future. Maybe he’ll be a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher. President, perhaps? Well, I knew my Dominick was meant to be something greater. My son was born...

What Babies Really Need

As they contemplate the birth of a new baby, parents wonder exactly what it is they will need to buy—after all, there is so much new parenting paraphenalia available. Yet one of the obstacles that can get between us and a full experience of m...

Raising Generation Pax: Peace Begins with How We Parent…From the Very Beginning

A Universal Peace Offering The universe has presented us with a powerful means of creating peace: the way we bring our children to life. Important principles about the influence of our thoughts and attitudes, together with...

“For the Sake of the Children” Cooperative CO-Parenting During and After Divorce

In 20 years of being a family child care provider and 12 years of conducting parenting workshops I have seen parents struggle with and children suffer from uncooperative CO -parenting. Years ago when couples found themselves in an unhappy,...

How to Tickle with Dignity

My son vividly remembers the day his first son told him to back off. My son wasn’t trying to do anything intrusive; he was tickling his boy like he’s always done. But, on this day, his son asserted himself in a way that gave my son a new per...

Casual Remarks: An Excerpt From Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions are Really Telling Our Children

It’s a curious affliction: the tendency to talk about one’s children in the most brutally honest and hurtful ways without realizing that the cherished subjects of the offensive comments are listening to every word. Right now, you may be saying to...

Conscious Parenting in Real Life

There are three legs to my existence as stay-at-home mother of three young children—places I go for nearly everything I need. Being a mother with ideals weaving through and around emphasis on sustainability, community and learning, it is easy to t...

Cradles of Life

Since the beginning of time indigenous cultures have worn their babies. The cradle appears to have originated as a part of the culture of the early Mesolithic hunters in Asia. Early Pleistocene migrations probably brought the cradle to North...

The Single Most Important Skill Parents Can Acquire is Playing

As nearly as I have been able to translate it, “Na-Na-Na-Boo-Boo” is actually an invitation, even a plea to “come and play with me.” Our most important task as parents is securing and maintaining a strong bond with our children. For a...

Also labeled: Author Pam Leo , Issue #16

Help Teens Get the Sleep They Need

Teenagers are one of the most sleep-deprived segments of the population. Most teens require at least nine hours of sleep but get much, much less. The teenage years are a time when school, homework, community service, extracurricular...

Teaching Children Respect

Children are mirrors; they reflect back to us everything we say and do. We now know that 95% of everything children learn, they learn from what is modeled for them. Only 5% of all they learn is from direct instruction. Human beings are like...