Easing Empty Nest Transitions

“Are you OK?” my husband asked me. “You seem kind of quiet tonight.” “Yes, I’m OK. I just…Well, you know JJ started kindergarten this week,” I felt a lump in my throat. “And he’s been in school for 3 days now…” Tears came to my eyes. “And I guess…it turns out…I’m not handling it so…

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The benefits of infant massage

In Your Loving Hands: The benefits of infant massage

We all hold the innate gift of a healing touch. Throughout history, from ancient to modern times, there are references to this most natural ability. With kind touch, we’re able to deeply connect to others, to comfort, to calm, to heal and to give and to receive love. With our loving hands and bodies, we’re…

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Evolved Parenting: An interview with Jordan Schachter

Jordan Schachter is a thought-leader in the conscious parenting arena. His perspective on life and parenting shifted profoundly from his time living with a tribe on Vanuatu in the South Pacific, where he didn’t once witness a temper tantrum, sibling rivalry or crying from any of the children.  He felt called to devote his life…

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7 Ways to Help Sensitive Children Flourish

Contaminants are found everywhere in our environment: in our food, water, air, and inside our homes. Unless you live in the wilderness, it’s difficult to avoid them.  As we continue to bring modern technology and pollutants into our home, we continue to expose our children to invisible toxins affecting their physical, mental, and emotional health. …

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Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Think It Through: Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Being able to think critically about any given problem is a skill most parents want their children to have. Creative problem solving is a coveted skill not only in all lines of work, but life in general. It starts with being able to be curious, flexible, and open-minded. And while many kids learn problem solving…

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Imagine if you got to skip much of the learning curve… having been raised with the principals of attachment parenting by compassionate, spiritually conscious parents.  That's just the perspective Serena Dyer brings to life (and soon to motherhood) as she awaits the birth of her first child this spring. Her book, Don't Die With Your Music Still In You, co-authored with her father, Dr. Wayne Dyer, is an enlightening look at her experience growing up in a spiritual environment.

Green Child Magazine Talks to Serena Dyer

Natural parenting doesn’t always come… naturally. Some of us are still working through less than ideal habits and patterns that were handed to us by our own parents. And even for those of us with a healthy upbringing, it can be challenging to tune in and access our intuition in this noisy world. Imagine if…

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5 Steps to Encourage an Attitude of Gratitude in Our Children

My brain knows that gratitude is important.  I know when I am in a state of gratitude–aware of my blessings, small and big, I feel happier and less alone.  I feel more connected to the people around me, and my life experiences. I feel in my body a life force greater than myself. But my…

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Developing a Strong Parent-Child Bond

Do you remember the moment you first laid eyes on your child? I remember clearly the moment the doctor immediately placed our newborn son on my chest, as most mothers do. I don’t remember the chaos of nurses, the doctor, or my husband cutting the cord. Time slowed and my attention completely fixated on his…

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sibling transition

Small Person, Big Changes: Introducing a new sibling

Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting time for families. Children especially feel that eagerness as they hold their new baby brother or sister for the first time; they finally get to see who has been inside of mom’s growing belly all these months! Their initial enthusiasm may fade, though, as the…

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Encouraging Mindfulness in Children

Can we actually teach our children how to be mindful?  Or are we just trying to preserve the inherent consciousness that they already seem to have?  In other words–is mindfulness truly taught, or is it just “unlearned” over time? I remember watching my children eat when they were four or five years old.  If given…

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Gentle Parenting: Learning to Trust Your Instincts

As a new or expecting parent, what’s more overwhelming – all the baby stuff or all the baby advice? The swing, pack & play, and vibrating chair that plays music fill your living room. You weave through the house tripping over toys designed to make your newborn smarter. Or maybe you actually returned a bassinet because the…

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10 Breastfeeding Myths

“Breastfeeding is natural.” Sound familiar? If you assume that breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t take a leap of faith to accept that breastfeeding must be easy. Why, then, do so many mothers describe breastfeeding as hard? In reality, making milk is natural, but breastfeeding is a skill that babies (and moms) must learn. Some babies…

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The Benefits of Reading to Your Unborn Baby

We all know the benefits children can reap by being exposed to books. Especially when you start early, reading is proven to help with a child’s language development and increased word recognition, create a positive bond between parent and child, provide a great wind-down before bedtime, and spark an early interest in learning that carries…

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Bonding with Papa

Bonding with Papa

Ideally, having a baby is a joyous time – but realistically it can also be a very challenging one. It’s not uncommon for men to find it difficult to adjust to the arrival of a baby and the radical changes this brings, especially when you’re a first time parent. There’s very little that can prepare…

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Babywearing Superhero Feature

How Babywearing Made Me a Superhero

Some of my strongest, most self-assured moments have occurred when babywearing. I distinctly remember the first time I took my daughter out to eat as a new mom.  She was just 6 days old. We had family visiting from out of town, and I was sick of being cooped up. When we got to the…

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Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

Whether they’re assigned in the form of a chart, a wheel, or a jar, chores play an important role among families. Not only do regular household jobs teach kids responsibility and prevent a sense of entitlement, they instill in children a vital sense of importance in the family. When kids are able to participate in…

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Attachment Parenting Your Special Needs Child

Every child needs good parenting. However, some children have an extra special need for it. Nearly one out of four households in the U.S. has one or more children with “special needs”: any condition that presents significant challenges to a child’s ability to function normally, whether it be physically, mentally, socially or emotionally. This can include…

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Natural Discipline for the Older Child

Natural Discipline for the Older Child

Your children may be past the age of tantrums and biting, but as they grow, behavior challenges certainly don’t go away. Your child’s brain won’t reach full maturity until long after childhood.  The average age is about 27 years old, which means your child still has a lot of growing to do! The neural pathways…

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Attachment Parenting expert, Kelly Bartlett shares how to start early developing healthy attitudes about sex.

Getting Comfortable with “The Talk”

It’s never too early to begin talking with your kids about sex. In fact, the earlier you start, the more comfortable you will feel when it’s time to talk about difficult issues. Here are some age-appropriate topics parents should bring up with their children now to pave the way for less-stressful conversations about sexual health…

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Hypnobirthing Hippies

How HypnoBirthing and Going Green Enhanced our Pregnancy

When I was a kid, I ran off to the beach as soon as school was over every day, anxious to surf with my friends. I was in love with the ocean. Before I knew it, I was founding my school’s environmental club, surfing every chance I could get, and pledging my devotion to vegan…

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The importance of tribe

Beyond Babywearing: Part Two

The Importance of “Tribe” in Modern Parenting Part 1 of this article revisited the classic book The Continuum Concept: In Search of Paradise Lost, and three important Continuum parenting principles discovered by author Jean Liedloff (often regarded as the mother of today’s attachment parenting movement) based on her experience living with a tribe of South…

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Encourage Your Child

5 Phrases to Inspire and Encourage Your Child

It’s no secret that kids need encouragement to thrive. But what exactly does encouragement sound like? It’s different than praise or admiration or guidance. It is common to want to give evaluative feedback to kids for their work (“Good coloring!”), or to tell them what we like about their accomplishments (“I like how you set…

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