Editor's Note from Angela McCoy: A beautiful video demonstrating the Montessori tools for babies. Perfect ideas if you have a young one in your family or on your gift list for the holiday season.
Family & Parenting
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It's never too early to begin nourishing your child. Ayurveda recommends abhyanga oil massage to protect against Vata early on, even for babies! This detailed video reviews how to massage an infant with specific attention to the stroke types, start times and environment (warm and comfortable). Abhyanga allows the nourishing oil to lubricate the skin, muscles and joints, calms the nervous system and encourages restful sleep. *Note that they are using organic coconut oil, which is fine during summertime, but luke warm sesame oil is best thoroughout the rest of the year when it is cold, to encourage ciruclation. Enjoy this wonderful practice with your baby and the beautiful bond it creates. Namaste.
by Marilyn Muir
The most immediate "other" to a newborn infant is mom. After all that infant just spent several months in the warm, safe, nearly silent cocoon called its mother's womb. Her smells, her sounds, rhythms, and her heartbeat are familiar and safe because the infant existed within her. It is therefore logical to reach out to the most familiar being in that infant's world, the mother as intimate, subjective, personal security...
by Dr. Elisa Song
Dr. Elisa Song puts together a detailed list of how to take proper care of your child's immune system this winter...
Editor's Note: What to look at to boost a child’s immune system. Note sick infants must be seen by a practitioner immediately... this article is for older generally healthy children. Remember to look at drug/drug interactions if your child is currently taking medication and always discuss with a practitioner prior to starting any meds or supplements.
Editor's Note: Alison Gopnik, author of The Scientist in the Crib shares the stunning new research about what babies are actually doing when they seem to be doing nothing at all. We used to think that infants were a blank slate, but now we know that they are some of the most intelligent creatures on Earth.
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by Dawn Bodrogi
Like all the modality stories, it takes us on a journey from the lesser to the greater, from the individual “I” to gradual interaction with others. We begin with the instinctive, infantile grabbing of Taurus and end with the humanitarianism and ‘equality for all’ impulses of Aquarius. There is something highly dramatic about this. Something intensely transformational. The mutable story is about the gaining of wisdom and the cardinal story is about how the development of conscious awareness and how we use it. But the story of the fixed signs is about sacrificing the individual to a greater, divine intent...
Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: The debate on Obamacare has not abated since it being enacted. The debate will probably get even more adversarial as the parties use it in the debate to raise the debt ceiling. Forgotten among the "noise" of the participants is why are healthcare costs so high? Moreover, why are we getting so little for so much? We die earlier (both men and women); we have greater infant mortality; are more obese; have higher rate of diabetes and a myriad of other ills than most other developed countries that spend a lot less per capita than we do. What's going on? Out of control jury verdicts? Not really. Some states have enacted tort reform limiting jury awards. It's effect on health care costs...0.01% (not a typo).
This video does a good job of asking the right questions, giving some answers and referring to unbiased studies.
by Janet Lansbury
We don’t think twice about interrupting infants and toddlers, mostly because we don’t think to value what they are doing. At the same time, we want our children to be learners and achievers. We want them to be able to listen patiently in the classroom and have the tenacity to solve difficult problems and pursue their dreams...
Editor's Note: Janet Lansbury always provides great information for parents about how they can be with their babies in a way that's respectful, caring, and compassionate. Her work with RIE helps families learn how to do less and observe more of what their babies are already doing...
Family & Parenting
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