Family Living Articles

Birth - What are the Philosophical Options?

A woman's body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture, and birth another human being. After conception, a woman and unborn child will unite in an oceanic blend of energy and identity... where one ends and the...

Doing Dinner: Confessions of a Radical Mother

I love slow living. It’s peaceful, meaningful and even downright radical in a go-go world. According to a recent article in, appropriately enough, Time magazine, groups of harried parents across the United States are joining a wave of...

Also labeled: Author Maya Frost, Issue #23

Feminism and Childcare: Have Women Been Misled?

Childcare seems to be always on the political agenda. But are the real needs of babies, very young children and their mothers being ignored in the short-term interests of the economy and the burgeoning childcare “industry”? An informed look at the...

Mom and Dad Were Wrong!: When it Comes to Your Dreams, Sometimes the Best Advice is to Ignore Everything Your Parents Told You

Most of the time my parents got it right. But everything I learned about achieving career bliss, I learned by actually ignoring my well-meaning but cautious parents. In fact, if you aspire to find work that you truly love, some of what your parents...

Painting Wet on Wet: Waldorf Watercolors for Children

Wet-on-wet watercolor painting is a technique taught in Waldorf schools and enjoyed by many homeschoolers. Watercolors are painted on a wet surface, allowing the colors to shift and blend into each other. It’s a satisfying artistic experience, and t...

Playground Pioneers

Kids will destroy your life, reports Jeremy Adam Smith. But don’t worry, parents: You’ll get a new one.In the fall of 2005, I worked part-time and took care of my infant son for most of the day while my wife, Olli Doo, was at her job. We did...

Romancing the Mom

I’m meeting an old lover today. He sounded great on the phone: successful, influential, professional. All the traits that attracted me to him in the first place. A string of “what-if’s” float through my mind. No, it’s not a man that’s setting...

Six Simple Ways to Get Your Family to Eat Vegetables

Some children devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli like it’s candy—but what can you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green? Most kids (and many adults) don’t like the strong taste and texture of these leafy green...

Also labeled: Author Cathe Olson, Issue #35

Soulful Reminders and Activities for the Whole Family

In my heart, I know that all children are vibrant just as they are, if we allow them to be fully themselves. On a soul level, children enter the Earth dimension with a complete understanding of their intended purpose, and with the perfect spiritual...

Surviving the In-Laws

You: It’s quite important for us to co-sleep. We learned about child-led weaning and love the idea of it. We are not letting our baby cry it out. Baby will have solids later so there is less chance of allergies. It is very easy for me to use...

Also labeled: Author Pinky McKay , Issue #33

Take Crying Seriously*

*But Not Too SeriouslyLet’s be honest—crying is tough on the nervous system. It’s designed to be. When children have an unmet need that is beginning to cause a disruption in their nervous system, they cry, or get really whiney, as a direct...

Taking a Road Trip with Your Baby

To Grandmother’s house we go! And you’ll be in the car for five whole hours—how can you make the trip enjoyable with a baby along? There’s no question: Marathon car trips with a baby on board take a good amount of planning and organization....

Teaching Our Children to Write, Read, & Spell

There is a widely held belief that if we just start teaching children to read, write and spell in preschool, they will become better at these skills by the time they reach the first and second grades. This, however, is false. The truth is that...

The Father Effect: Positive Effects of Involved Dads

Forty years ago it was a novelty for a father to be present at the birth of his own child. Today we would be shocked if, instead of talking his partner through each painful contraction, Dad was downing a beer at the pub or nervously pacing up and...

The Natural Genius of Children

Every child is a genius. That doesn’t mean that every child can paint like Picasso, compose like Mozart or score 150 on an I.Q. test. But every child is a genius according to the original meanings of the word, which are a) “to give birth” (related to...

The Power of Color

Humankind is moving out of the mind and more into a feeling, sensing and knowing experience. Children are very aware of this. They feel, sense and know their way through life. They also know what some healers know: that the use of color is a very...

Through a Child’s Eyes

It’s a very important moment in the life of your family: You’re adding a new member! In growing families, a new son or daughter is often also a new brother or sister. Many families face the question: Should my child be present to greet her new sib...

Time for Play Every Day: It's Fun and Fundamental

There was a time when children played from morning till night. They ran, jumped, played dress-up, and created endless stories out of their active imaginations. Now, many scarcely play this way at all. What happened? Over...

Also labeled: Issue #06, Pathways Magazine

Vitalism in the Family

At its core, chiropractic—which emphasizes the body’s innate ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery—is steeped in vitalism. But although spinal adjustments make up part of the wellness equation, a vitalistic approach to healt...

Yoga For Kids

A 10-year-old boy enters the children’s yoga class I’m teaching. He is large for his age, chunky in the middle, tall, clumsy and loud. He makes up stories about his name and the other boys in the class. He interrupts me incessantly. The lead tea...