Wellness Lifestyle Articles

A Healthy Nervous System

Understanding Dis-ease From Another PerspectiveDisease is not something to be feared, but rather understood as a natural adaptation to negative stress. Many people think that the flu season, for example, is like a game of roulette—that it’s a...

Shed Those Shoes!: How Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development

It drove my mother crazy when I went barefoot as a kid. It still does—because I’m in stockinged feet in the fall and winter, and barefoot the rest of the time! I can’t stand the confinement of shoes. And I’ve long been an advocate for children to go...

Living in the Gift

Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to life? Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of blind chemical processes of evaporation and...

Nursing Posture and its Role in Sympathetic Domininance

Motherhood is stressful, and getting used to life as a mom takes a major adjustment, no matter if it’s the first baby or the fifth. Between the family demands, work demands, financial concerns, endless to-do lists, and the influx of new hormones i...

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...

The Powerful Counterbalance to the Masculine Mind

The mind/body duality is as fundamental to universal nature as masculine/feminine duality. When it comes to qualities and strengths of the mind and body, traditionally the mind has been seen as the source of more masculine energies (reason, logic,...

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...

The Real Causes of Birth Trauma

A study indicates 1 in 13 women experiences PTSD after childbirth. Why are we being told that it’s the mother’s fault?There has been increasing awareness about childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several years ago, the...

Birth Pause

Having a powerful birth is not about sticking someone in a tub, lowering the lights, and playing peaceful music. Establishing conditions that nourish hormone flow certainly helps. But birth is a rite of passage we need to take personal...

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.

7 Eye-Opening Facts about Depression

A silent tragedy in the history of modern healthcare is happening right now in America, but no one is talking about it. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix—a prescription. M...

The View from My Side of the Fence

The Early Childhood Technology DebateHave you ever noticed that it’s possible to debate an issue, presenting all your best arguments and the research to back them up, and still not change anybody’s mind? If you participate in social media,...

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...

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...

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...

Time In

The popular “time-out” behavior management technique is less harsh than traditional forms of discipline, but it’s still a punishment—like a mini jail sentence. Time-outs usually include a shame component as well (e.g., the “Naughty Chair”)....

The Importance of the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve, and has the most extensive distribution out of all of the cranial nerves. Named for its tendency to wander, the vagus nerve acts like a central switchboard, sending out nerve impulses to and from the...

Peeling the Onion

When I talk with my kids, I love sharing analogies of how the natural world is reflected in their bodies. One of my favorite ones is this: Your body is like an onion. Layers of experiences and responses build up: falls, injuries, positioning;...

Chiropractic Brings New Hope

I had a difficult pregnancy, difficult delivery, and then a baby that didn’t sleep. Lincoln was sick all the time—ear infections, upper respiratory infections, you name it. Just before his second birthday, he broke his leg. He ended up having a bon...