Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby

Planning for a Healthy Pregnancy by Dr. Isabel Sharkar Are you thinking about getting pregnant? Are all your friends getting pregnant and filling your social media feed with baby pictures? As you start thinking about pregnancy, there’s more to it than meets the eye in today’s highly toxic environment. More women are having fertility issues than ever before. From the ... Read More »

Treating Autism Naturally

Plus Strategies for Prevention by Meredith Montgomery In The Autism Revolution, Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist Martha Herbert approaches autism as a whole-body condition that can improve, rather than a static, lifelong genetic brain disorder. “It’s the way the brain is shifted into acting when faced with a combination of stressors—some, but not all of which are genetic—at a vulnerable point ... Read More »

Generous Pint-Sized Givers

Teaching Kids How to Care and Share by Jennifer Jacobson Among parents’ greatest rewards is seeing their children grow up to be productive, contributing members of society, including knowing how to give back and enrich the communities in which they live. Children can start participating in the giving process as toddlers. Having them observe regular charitable acts can make a ... Read More »

National Kids Yoga Conference Returns to D.C.

Across the country, incredible work is being done to bring the health benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation into many communities. Kids and teens are learning how to de-stress, focus their minds and develop greater self-awareness. Educators, mental health professionals, parents and yoga teachers are seeing the benefits of social emotional learning, physical movement and wellness programs taught at all ... Read More »

What’s Your Child’s EQ?

Six Ways to Raise Emotional Intelligence by Teal Swan Much of our identity is shaped in childhood by key events and the emotions and perspectives we associate with them.  All Emotions Count Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as a skill set in today’s world. The recent animated film Inside Out calls attention to effective ways ... Read More »

Success in Learning for All Students

A Spotlight on Empowered Learning Transformation Center Tucked off Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, Peter Riddle and his team at the Empowered Learning Transformation Center (ELTC) are helping hundreds of children of all ages and abilities, as well as adults, overcome learning challenges using ground-breaking and highly successful techniques developed over the past 30 plus years. Riddle a Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) ... Read More »

Minds, Incorporated Offers Special Mindfulness Events for Parents and Teachers

Minds, Incorporated works with students, teachers and parents to teach mindfulness practices. There is ample evidence to show the benefits of a mindfulness practice for young people and those who work with young people on a regular basis. This fall, Minds Incorporated will be offering a six-week course on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for parents at Madison High ... Read More »

Early Puberty

The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes 21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers. Many American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic ... Read More »

Enlightened Parenting

Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids by Meredith Montgomery Fueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children. Establishing Values Shelly Lefkoe, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Guide to Effective Parenting, believes that children learn what we model as important values. In their Westport, Connecticut household,she tells her daughters, they should ... Read More »

Changing Epigenetic Expression

Empowering Parents to Make Their Children Turn Out Well by Dr. Chas Gant The bestselling book by Judith Rich Harris, The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do, has been published in at least 20 languages and was a 1999 Pulitzer Prize finalist. This landmark book challenges the assumption that parenting matters very much, as long as overt ... Read More »