Happy, Joyous and Freewheeling:

Empowering Underserved Communities Through Safe Cycling The personal and environmental benefits of riding a bike are numerous, and many people take the ability to ride for granted. Bike enthusiast David Nam, however, does not. “You remember the first time you got a bike or the first time you learned to ride a bike. There is nothing else like it.” That ... Read More »

More than the Baby Blues?

by Laina Poulakos Postpartum depression (PPD) is a condition, which can run be experienced as a mild to a very serious case that affects not just mothers, but also the children and her family. Even a mild case of the baby blues is much different then severe PPD. If the feelings of sadness and depression last more than a few ... Read More »

Holistic Moms Network Now In Montgomery County

The Holistic Moms Network has recently launched a new chapter in Montgomery County, meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. At each meeting they offer conversation and speakers on a variety of holistic lifestyle topics. The network is part of a rapidly growing national nonprofit organization, ... Read More »

A Greener Shade of Youth

New Generations Put Earth First by Randy Kambic Every generation gets a chance to change the world. ~Paul David Hewson (Bono) Baby boomers inspired in their youth by Earth Day are now supporting a new generation’s enthusiasm for sustainability through educational and employment opportunities. A 2015 Nature Conservancy survey of 602 teens from 13 to 18 years old revealed that ... Read More »

Rock-a-Bye Baby

Helping a Restless Child Sleep Well by Stephanie Dodd Sleep is a skill that can be developed over time, and like any ability, has a learning curve with several paths to the same end. Some families choose to encourage a child’s restful sleep early in life through behavior modification, while others take a wait-and-see approach, helping with transitions through sleep ... Read More »

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 »