Children's Health & Wellness Articles

Ask What, Not How

As a play coach, I conduct workshops to help adults reconnect with the skills and perspectives that encourage play, which are often dormant in grown-ups. In one of my Remembering to Play events, a father shared that his young son expressed interest...

How Kids Benefit from Real Responsibilities

Years ago, my two older kids, about 7 and 9 at the time, were getting ready to wash the floor. A neighbor girl knocked at the door, asking to play. When my son told her he was going to wash the floor first, she begged to be included. This girl had...

Competition VS. Creativity: Which "State" Do You Live In

We civilized folk seem to be addicted to competition—obsessed with who is the best and the worst, who has the most and the least, who are the winners and the losers. In our culture we habitually frame most everything in terms of conflict and...

How Powerful an Adjustment Can Be

On April 12, a 1-month-old baby, Leniel, presented to our office with severe discomfort and inability to nurse properly or sleep. He had a hyperextended neck, with his head rotated and fixated to the left, and he was crying a lot. This was making...

Safe to Explode: The Actual Reason Children are 800 Percent Worse When Their Mothers are in the Room

“They were fine all day with me, but the second they saw you, they lost it, Kate! I don’t understand!” My husband says this on a regular basis.

Kids Don't "Fight" Sleep: What's Really Happening When Kids Resist Bedtime

We’ve all experienced kids “fighting” sleep—and boy, is it ever annoying! But are they really fighting it, or is something else going on? My oldest daughter could have been categorized as one who “fights sleep.” From the day she was born, those...

There Is No Normal

I got a letter the other day from a woman training to be a special education teacher in Ohio. Reading my book Teaching the Restless was bringing up her concerns about certain things she had observed during student teaching sessions with several...

Deschooling in School

The things I learned well have all been things I chose to learn. This is true for everyone I know, including the students I have had in my classroom for the past 25 years. Learning happens best when the learner decides what, how, and why to learn....

A Message from our Editor, Issue #58 - Guarding the Sacred Space

Almost daily, I see parents discussing the benefits of chiropractic care for their children. What many do not know is that chiropractors have included children in their recommendations for health and well-being since the inception of chiropractic....

Consciousness at the Beginning of Life

I began my career in the 1970s, as an obstetrical nurse and childbirth educator in Kentucky. I loved caring for parents as they birthed and raised their babies. To be at the leading edge of my work, I earned my master’s degree in early development a...

Present from the Start

Allowing Your Child to Attend a Sibling’s Birth and Ways to PrepareI’m often asked whether it’s a good idea to have siblings attend the birth of their new brother or sister. It’s a question that’s almost impossible for anyone other than a...

My Baby is Unsettled: How Chiropractic Helps

Most new parents struggle when their baby is unsettled. It’s hard enough to adapt and care for a tiny human, but it takes an immense amount of energy and patience when that baby is uncomfortable and unwell. As a chiropractor, I know that c...

Does My Baby Have Allergies Already?

In my capacity as a chiropractor and mindset/lifestyle coach specializing in German New Medicine, I am a member of a lot of holistic parenting groups and I see a lot of rashy baby photos, with parents inquiring what the source of the rash might be....

Managing Expectations

When I’m out, I often see a parent and a child in a struggle caused by the parent having an unrealistic expectation. This makes me so sad for both of them. The struggles I’m talking about are ones where if the expectations, the environment, or...

The Right Brian Develops First: Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning

Did you know that the right brain develops first? It does so by the time children are 4 years old. The left brain, on the other hand, doesn’t fully come online until children are approximately 7; that’s why the first seven years are recognized as suc...

How to Ruin Children's Play: Supervise, Praise, Intervene

My soul has been stirred by many of nature’s wonders— by orange and yellow leaves sparkling in the autumn sun, by mallards landing softly on still waters at dusk, by clouds drifting by as I lie on my back, gazing upward. But of all of nature’s scene...

5 Ways Mothers Give Away Their Power

Dear Mama, You have more power than you might think. You are the master of your domain, and the domain is you and your children. Your mastery should not be confused with dominance and control. I do not mean that you are here to control your...

The Grandmother Method

How a Hole in the Wall Became a school in the Cloud“What would children do with a computer that is made freely available to them in their village?” So wondered Sugata Mitra, who in 1999 was working in New Delhi, India, as a science...

Autism, Neuroplasticity and The Polyvagal Theory.. What Does it all Mean?

When I was in college, we learned that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) had two parts: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. We were taught that the ANS was a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, where one was on and the...

Thank You: The Difference an Adjustment Makes

Hi Dr. Drobbin. I am so sorry to contact you so late, and on Facebook of all things. But this is the only way I could think of to get in touch with you personally, and I just have to tell you this. This will probably seem so insignificant, but I...