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Raising Secure Kids in a Scary World: Talking to Children About Tragedy

Eleven years since 9/11. Eleven years ago last night, our daughter Eve — then ten years old — was so excited that the next morning she was going to wake up by herself for the very first time, using the radio alarm clock we had given her for the occasion. She chose the station carefully (classical was it? maybe soft pop?), but when the radio clicked on at six a.m. in her Los Angeles bedroom it wasn’t music that woke her up. The second plane had just hit its target. Nobody yet had clarity on what was happening, let alone the news media. A fragmented noise... read more

Talking to Children About Tragic Events: The Help of Temperaments

When talking to children about tragic events, understanding individual temperament can be a great help. In my earlier 9/11 post, I focused mainly on two important aspects for the parent: the fundamental need for some measure of self-possession and calm amidst outer events a level of honesty and clarity in speaking to the child about the events that is not the norm in our culture Especially related to that second point — honesty and clarity for the child — I want to dive a bit deeper and look at the importance of knowing your individual... read more

For Beginner Cyclists: How to Make Family Cycling a Part of Your Routine

Bike blogs and cycling advocacy sites have been steadily gaining momentum over the past few years. Among the many blogs dedicated to the growing bike culture in North America, a smattering of those focus on family cycling. A Simple Six, Totcycle, Tiny Helmets Big Bikes, and my own blog, Simply Bike, are just a sampling of the blogs focused on cycling with kids in mind. While all of these blogs present diverse family structures and biking set-ups, they overlap in showing just how doable and enjoyable it is to integrate cycling into your family’s daily... read more

Early Puberty Linked To Household Chemical

  Image: CC 2.0 by Mike Baird Today’s kids are awash in environmental toxins from conception on. Some of those chemicals are implicated in the ever-earlier onset of puberty plaguing many girls. Over the last 100 years, the average age when puberty arrives fell from around 16 to 17 years of age to 12. It continues to drop. Experts say some of this can be attributed to better health. And some of it has to do with high rates of childhood obesity. But there’s a growing body of scientific evidence linking it to a variety of toxins. The... read more

Homeopathy Works by Activating <i>Self</i>-Healing

(For more information about homeopathy, visit www.impossiblecure.com.) Parents who write to me often ask a question of the following form: “Will homeopathy help -X- if my homeopath is treating my child for -Y-?” (Usually, -Y- is autism.) This question is rooted in a confusion most of us have between allopathic and homeopathic medicine. A conventional doctor (and even many holistic doctors) will give you one medicine for -X-, another for -Y-, etc. However, the way homeopathy works is really fundamentally different. Reading Impossible Cure,... read more

Jewish and Not Circumcising

By Stacey Greenberg Web Exclusive In the land before children, my husband and I had many a circumcision debate over dinner and drinks with friends. I always humored him as he made the comparison between circumcision and female genital mutilation, secretly knowing that I would trump his concerns with my Judaism card. He had agreed to a Jewish wedding and a Jewish household, and well, Jews circumcised their boys. End of story. I'm not the most religious Jew ever, and my friends and husband have often wondered how I can even call myself a Jew. (Obviously they... read more

Case Against Circumcision

By Paul M. FleissIssue 85, Winter 1997In one of our most-requested articles, Mothering explores why circumcision is hardly ever necessary, and how parents can empower themselves to avoid ceding to the "claims" of the billion-dollar-a-year circumcision industry. Western countries have no tradition of circumcision. In antiquity, the expansion of the Greek and Roman Empires brought westerners into contact with the peoples of the Middle East, some of whom marked their children with circumcision and other sexual mutilations. To protect these children, the Greeks... read more

Our Skin Eats Too

Many people, mostly those who advocate for synthetic skin care, will have you believe that our skin is a barrier and protector from the contaminants of the outside world, that it is virtually impenetrable and water-tight.  Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.  Our skin is our largest organ, and is capable of absorbing up to 60% of what we put on it.  Pathways for absorption include hair follicles, sebaceous glands and sweat ducts.  Once absorbed, substances that we put on our skin, including water, vitamins, minerals, oxygen and many potentially... read more

Infant Massage

Make a simple baby massage oil by adding 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rose oil to 1 ounce of sweet almond or grapeseed oil. If your baby has a fussy period in the day, massage her half an hour before that period; to aid her digestion, massage her a half an hour after a feeding. Get a soft towel and sit outside or near a sunny window. Lay the towel on the ground, or over your lap. Place your naked baby on the towel. Gently, but firmly, massage his stomach in a clockwise motion with your fingertips. Do this with baby’s legs outstretched as well as... read more

Managing Asthma with Natural Medicine

Managing Asthma with Natural Medicine By Randall Neustaedter Web Exclusive Natural medicine can significantly strengthen immune function, preventing asthma attacks and even curing the underlying cause of symptoms. The most successful approach to asthma, and the easiest for parents to adhere to, is constitutional homeopathy as practiced by an experienced, certified, classical homeopathic practitioner (see www.homeopathicdirectory.com ). The constitutional medicine is a single substance that corresponds to the overall picture of a child's physical symptoms,... read more

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