Parenting Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #61 - Mama Minou

While my husband and I were in college, we started going to a chiropractor who helped us regain our normal function. This was after we were told by medical professionals that we were doomed to have “bad backs” for the rest of our lives. What an...

A Woman’s Alchemy

Since the publication of my book, The Valley Spirit, many things have evolved in my life. Some of the dilemmas I faced at that time have now been resolved and borne fruit. The most pivotal changes have been becoming a wife and mother, sacred roles...

What If…?

What if we saw children sleeping on us as a positive? What if we viewed the babies who refuse to go down to nap as a sign that we need to slow down?

No Sleep Training Required

How to Achieve Radical Acceptance of Biologically Normal Infant SleepSleep is a usually a concern for parents for a variety of reasons. Most of these are fueled by unnecessary fear. It is so important to support parents as...

On Their Own: How to Stop Interfering with Your Child’s Development

It’s hard to give objective information about raising a child to a parent without them feeling offended, so when I see things that make me cringe, I usually bite my tongue. But when a friend asked me what I thought about putting her 3-month-old in a...

Building Your Baby from the Ground Up

I meet with a wide range of patients—from factory workers to athletes, young families to the elderly. Yet there is something particularly special about working with infants. Reaching and wriggling as they yearn to discover the world, their reflexes...

Laying the Groundwork: Five Reasons Why 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 open with the same topic: “Tell me about your birth.” Mostly my request is met with confusion, wrinkled eyebrows, and exchanged curious...

Too Much: Why Adults Resist the Exuberant Nature of Children

For adults disconnected from their power, a child’s unbounded, spirited nature can easily be “too much”—too much enthusiasm, too much spontaneity, too much imagination, too much anger, too much sadness. The greater the repression in the adult carried...

Real Self-Care for Mothers

I talk a lot about self-care for mothers in my work. And I find it so interesting that when I read articles for women about self-care, the recommendations are often things like, “Pamper yourself! Go get a manicure! Take a bubble bath!” Do I...

Six Things Every New Mother Needs

Borrowed Wisdom from Cultures Where New Moms and Babies ThriveI was chatting with my friend Ashley about her best friend’s wedding. There were parties to organize, dresses to buy, rehearsals to attend, and registries to fill. Ashley was...

In the Absence of the Village, Mothers Struggle Most

Dear Mothers, I’m writing to you today because I can no longer contain the ache in my gut and fire in my heart over an injustice that you and I are bearing the brunt of. Although this injustice is affecting everyone—men, women, and...

Actually, It Does Matter How You Give Birth

Whenever people discuss C-sections and natural childbirth, one well- meaning sentiment always rises from the fray: It doesn’t matter how you give birth, as long as your baby comes out healthy. I appreciate people wanting to remove...

What About the Baby?: The Dynamics of a Normal and Healthy Birth

On the physical level, birth happens naturally by a complex series of biological events believed to be initiated by the baby. When baby is ready, it is her biological priority to navigate down the birth canal with help from the contractions of the...

Co-Sleeping and Biological Imperatives

Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep AloneWhere a baby sleeps is not as simple as current medical discourse and recommendations against co-sleeping in some western societies want it to be. And there is good reason why. I write to...

Communication and Connection

We live in an extremely behavior-focused society. From the moment our babies are born, people ask us about our baby’s behaviors and make judgments about whether our baby is good or bad based upon how much she inconveniences us as parents.

Transforming Anger

Among peace-loving folks, anger gets a bad rap. This is because anger is usually present when violence is committed. But anger is a form of energy that can be applied constructively, too. That was Nature’s intent. Anger arises n...

A Child's Innate Gifts

Each child is unique. Parents come to know their offspring as highly distinct individuals soon after birth. In part, that’s because babies arrive with traits and talents waiting in a raw state of potential. Young people have an inborn drive t...

Infant Needs and the On-Demand Life

On-demand services may have spoiled parenting—yes, by their very convenience. For example, we no longer have to plan our schedule around the airing of our favorite program or make efforts to record a particular show. With a few clicks, we can e...

Co-Sleeping Contributes to Optimal Brain Development

Like all mammals, humans have been sleeping alongside their babies for millions of years. Babies have an innate desire to stay in constant contact with their caregivers for survival. In most of the world, it’s still the norm for children to...

It Takes Two to Tantrum

When Toddlers Act Out, Parental Expectations are a Piece of the PuzzleMost of the time, when your child is having a tantrum, the episode is more accurately characterized as an interaction between the two of you. Generally, your...