Sleep Train a Baby?—Don’t!

There’s no question about it--babies need to be physically with caregivers. Here are a series of questions I received recently about babies and sleep training from a set of parents

Earth Home Economics: Rebecca Adamson and “Enoughness"

"If you don’t change directions, you’re going to end up where you’re headed.” The words Rebecca Adamson's mother told her as a child find new meaning in a globalized world.

Staying in Touch With Real Babies: Correcting the AAP

The AAP's recommendations for infant sleep deal a major blow to the parent-infant dyad. One mom shows how sleep training violates the most sacred of bonds.

A Good Life: Embodied, Earth-Centric or Controlled, Detached

David Abram, Spell of the Sensuous, challenges assumptions about history, earth living and the good life.

New Book, Unlatched, Explores Whether Breastfeeding Is Vital

There are competing views about breastfeeding, pro and con. Is the con winning? If so, why? In Unlatched, Jennifer Grayson helps readers understand the history and the controversy.

Trump, Stress Reactivity, Trance, and Ethics

Donald Trump paints pervasive threat, triggering the brain’s survival systems and attracting submission to his vision of dominance.

Changing the Human Psyche for Living Sustainably

Human psychology has moved away from beliefs that promote sustainable living. Thomas Berry identified misunderstandings that have led to the ecological crisis we face.

Why Hug?

Cuddling with mom. Wrestling with dad. Hugging family members. Loving and playful touch contribute to well-being.

Why Babies Need Dads Too

The brain is shaped by early experience, specifically, the mothering (nurturing responsive care) we receive from mothers and fathers.

Flawed Sleep-Training Study Makes Invalid Claims-in the News

A flagrantly flawed Australian study of infant sleep training recently made national news, misinforming pediatricians and parents who look to authorities for guidance.

Living Virtuously-- With the Land

I’ve come to realize what we all know in our heart of hearts--- that we really don’t live virtuously unless we attend well to our relationships with the other-than-humans.

Are You Superstitious? Yes!

Not me, you say? Ha! You are embedded in a culture built on superstition.

In Celebration of Mothering

Mothering is essential for babies. In fact, we know now more than ever that the child’s body and brain are "the result of mothering and being mothered.”

Why see Michael Moore’s New Movie “Where...Next?"

How do USA citizens put up with so little? The amount of energy needed to get through life is astounding. Michael Moore opens viewers’ eyes to alternatives around the world.

Evil Babies and Parenting (Alice Miller’s Insights)

Alice Miller says that culture is a barrier to nurturing children because of deeply held notions about children within Western culture-- views contrary to human development.

How to Stop Disrespecting Your Children

Over decades, psychotherapist Alice Miller published details about child abuse. How do parents become self-aware (of what seems normal to them) and stop mistreating their children?

Adult Justification of Child Humiliation and Mistreatment

Ignoring feelings and needs, derision, contempt: Should parents be excused if they treat their children this way? Psychotherapist Alice Miller used to think so, but changed.

Why Are Humans Destroying Themselves and the Planet?

We now know why humans have become the crazy animals on the planet. And we know what should be done.

How Many Worldviews Are There? Is Only One Sustainable?

Are there two worldviews or multiple? Is one better? David Abram and Four Arrows wrestle with these questions poetically and substantively.

To Doubters of The Importance of Breastfeeding

Is it unfair to women to point out that babies need breast milk?

Why You Should Cuddle Your Kids: Adult Health and Morality

Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood?

Avoid Stressful Sleep Training and Get the Sleep You Need

Should you condition your baby not to cry or use clever nudges that keep baby secure? There is a way!

The Myth of “Breastfeeding is Optional”

The book, Lactivism, purports to shoot down breastfeeding. Let’s examine its wrong baselines and assumptions. Breastfeeding is not an option for a baby who wants to develop well.

The Psychology of Supremacism: Whether White, Male or Human

As a child the women around me routinely warned each other not to insult the ego of a nearby male. Male supremacism was not challenged, till later. How about human supremacy?

The Benefits of Play Events in Your Community

Your community will come alive when they have the opportunity to play together!

Start a Play Club in Your School

Kids need to play to develop health so why not consider having a play club in every school in America?

Community Service: Teens Make Great Play Advocates

Teens have helped with community play activities from the beginning. They are energetic and creative, plus young children look up to them.

Inter-generational Games Night

Just imagine playing board games, cards, and hanging out with seniors, neighbors, children, preteens, teens, and other adults. This scene is something that can happen anywhere in A

Make Play Part of a Planned Community Event

Chances are wherever you live in America or around the world your community holds annual events: starting with New Year’s Eve--you can make these play events!

"The Emperor’s New Groove," A Movie that Teaches Ethics

"The Emperor’s New Groove" is an enchanting animated movie about how a self-centered king learns compassion through friendship. It teaches ethics for life.