Family Life Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #54 - Simple Choice

What is authenticity and how do we express it? As we grow up, most of us take on many of our parents’ values, attitudes, and beliefs. Perhaps we acquired their religious persuasion or their political opinions, their views on healthcare, parenting, o...

Authenticity: Rejecting the Job Model of Parenting for a Freer World

I believe that a free society is possible only if we change some of our fundamental premises about parenting. First, I will address the relationship I see between parenting and how we think about control, and the type of society we create. Then I...

Ambition Addiction: How To Go Slow, Give Thanks and Discover Joy Within

Before becoming a father, I thought I would love snow days. I imagined whipping up pancakes for a half dozen chattering cherubs, then stuffing my animated offspring into cocoons of puffy outerwear and the lot of us diving from the front porch into...

The Guy on the Plane

Most people assume that if you enjoy being around people, if you are gregarious and charming and outgoing, that you must be an extrovert. However, by strict definition an extrovert gets his energy from being with people, while an introvert gets...

The Question that Changed the Way I Parent Forever

I really enjoy hearing different perspectives about child-rearing. Sometimes when I’m driving I’ll listen to different parenting podcasts. I don’t agree 100 percent with everything I hear, but I take away bits and pieces that resonate with me. I’ve...

5 Myths About Young People and Social Media

A new book exposes widely held beliefs about new technologyTeenagers have always been attracted to public spaces where they can hang out, find new friends, and talk endlessly with peers about matters that concern them, away from parents...

If Making Love Were Treated Like Birth: A Sadly Hilarious Video

Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for birth, sex, and love. It’s often referred to as the “love hormone” and plays an important role in these pivotal social interactions. During birth, oxytocin causes the uterine muscles to contract and it also acts...

Home Birth: Our Journey to Sanity

On September 8, 2010, at 7:21 p.m., my son, Andrew Steven Paul Glanville, was born. He weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces, and was 22 inches long. It was 12 hours from the time the water broke until he was born, with six hours of hard labor. Even though it...

Safety First: Uniting Our Passion in the Vaccine Divide

A couple of years ago, I went to a press conference in Albany, New York, where Robert Kennedy Jr. was speaking regarding legislation that would mandate that meningitis vaccine and booster be added to the current vaccine schedule. (The bill has...

World Mercury Project

People ask me, “Why are you doing this? You were doing so many important things with your life— fighting global warming, fighting for clean energy, and fighting for clean rivers and the environment.”

A Message from our Editor, Issue #53 - Something to Cluck About

The Rooster Makes All the Noise, But the Hen Rules the Roost! We got our first chickens when we were in college. Tom and I were paying our own way and chickens seemed to be an easy, economical source of food. We bought 18 young chickens...

Five Reasons Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby and Your Parenting

When I meet a new mom, dad, and baby for the first time at a consultation for colic and sleep, I always start by asking them to tell me about the birth. Mostly I’m met with confusion, wrinkled eyebrows, and curious looks. Very often they ask me w...

Creative Fertility: An Interview With Jeannine Parvati Baker

There are many wisdom traditions that understand the importance of privacy, and of treating a baby, mother, and father like a holy trinity, allowing the parents to celebrate together by focusing on the needs of their baby as they continually honor...

Understanding the Power of Chiropractic

Why do so many women become pregnant under chiropractic care, when they were never able to become pregnant before? Why are so many women seeking out chiropractic care in pregnancy in preparation for safer, easier births? Why are so many birth care...

This Is a Mother's Love

I recall vividly the first night our son, Harper, slept at home with us. He was all of two days old. He slept right next to us in a tiny hammock thing. The idea that he was now on the outside of my body was so bizarre to me that no matter where he...

The Arc of Healing

When your child is sick, you don’t need to freak out. One thing I teach all my clients is that symptoms follow an arc. Like every process, there is a cycle to healing: a beginning, middle, and an end.

Hear My Cry

Why “cry it out” may be one of the most misguided parenting philosophies of our generation.Babies cry. Then they angry cry. Then they stop. Imagine you’re hanging out by a riverbank with some co-gatherers a couple million years ago,...

The Manager in My Home…and the Five Words that Changed Everything

Every couple of weeks I patiently untangle the knots of strawberry-blonde hair that sit at the base of my child’s neck. As I sat on the corner of the tub the other night, gently loosening an especially stubborn clump while my daughter chattered a...

Play Makes Us Human

Have you ever noticed how we, as a society, use agricultural metaphors to talk about parenting and education? We speak of raising children, just as we speak of raising tomatoes or chickens. We speak of training children, just as...

School ADD Isn't Homeschool ADD

I hesitated at the heavy glass doors of my son’s school. I’d cheerfully walked through these doors many times. I’d volunteered here, served on the PTA board, joked with the principal and teachers, and even helped start an annual ...