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  Genetically speaking, it seems, mornings are made for small children and not for their parents. Of course, this harsh reality is not felt by all parents and if you are one that has sleepy little people in the wee hours of the morning, well…carry on, good friend. However, for the rest of us who resemble a slightly less extreme version of the walking dead upon finally sliding out of bed after some serious internal pep talk, this one’s for you. I really can’t say how this goes down for...

Photo by Ivette Ivens I am thrilled to announce that after many weeks of searching, discussing, pondering, and reflecting, I have found an amazing team to continue publishing HPM, headed by our new Editor-in-Chief, L.R. Knost!  

HPM 17 is ready to enjoy! Get your hands on this beautiful issue HERE

Want to know a dirty, little secret about punishment? It doesn’t work. Punishment may be able to control a child’s behavior temporarily while they’re small or when they are in their parents’ presence, but it cannot control the person.  As with all humans, outward behavior is merely a reflection of our inner selves: our needs, our hurts, our emotional states.

Every April 22nd, beginning in 1970, people around the world celebrate our planetary home. I don't really remember ever doing much to celebrate the day, except maybe planting a tree at school as a child. I'm changing that for my kids- I marked it on the calendar and will begin our own traditions to enjoy and show appreciation for nature. Why is Earth Day important?

Over 40 years of research has proven that in the early months of life, skin-to-skin contact, also referred to as Kangaroo Care, creates remarkable benefits for you and your baby.

  Issue 14 of HPM is awesome! In this issue we are promoting world peace through peaceful parenting, choosing connection over consumerism, baby carriers for Syrian refugees, gentle grandparenting, trust and forgiveness after trauma, music for your child's brain and soul.

Chances are, if you are reading this magazine, you already live a values-based life. By that I mean you have defined your most important values and you are actively engaged in honoring them in your daily life. If that describes you, this article will serve to strengthen your resolve and leave you feeling proud of the work you’ve done so far to live a values-based life. If you are someone who hasn’t thought much about your values, you are likely to find rich discoveries about yourself and...

I love studying the brilliant tenderness of my two-year-old son’s sleeping face. I love holding his resting hands in mine. I study them with awe, for they are miracles to me. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt him. I’d fight to the death to preserve his bodily integrity and his precious innocence. Years from now, I imagine his adult hands will resemble his father’s and it will be my thumb and fingers that look small and delicate in comparison. For now, I’m the bigger and stronger...

I was a reluctant resident of Columbus, Ohio, when I made the decision to pull my three kids, then in 4th, 3rd, and 1st grades, out of public school. I say reluctant because I was far away from the place I still call the axis of my soul–Keystone, Colorado. Born and raised in the stunning Rocky Mountains, I was finding urban life difficult and inherently alien. Though unrelated to my uninspiring residency in the Mid West city, removing Tristan, Sebastian, and Tessa from their French...

  So many awesome topics in this beautiful issue!

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."  -Hal Borland This quote reminds me of a combination of the oh-so-true phrase, "Hindsight is 20/20." and "When you know better, you do better." (Maya Angelou).  As our calenders change from 2015 to 2016, it's technically a fresh start- but so is every morning.  As parents, we definitely have days that are amazing, days that are awful...and everything in...

We had so much fun with our giveaway last year that we're making it an annual tradition! From Monday December 14th- Friday December 18th, we will be giving away some FANTASTIC prizes from 29 of our favorite natural-minded companies!  We know you'll love them too...so don't miss out!  The giveaway will happen on our Facebook page...so check it often throughout the week!! Good luck!  :) Thanks to our giveaway participants: Earth Mama Angel Baby Terra Essential Scents Glob...

Photo: Monika Catanzaro   I read The Continuum Concept when my oldest daughter Cassandra was two, after reading dozens if not hundreds of books before it. And I never read another parenting book after. This one was it. It so resonated with every part on my being that I knew that I just had to somehow find a way to apply it in my Western life. So, I made it my mission to do just that. And it was not easy. It took a few years, a wholehearted and unwavering commitment to it, and many...

  I’ve always believed that the greatest gift you could give your child is a sibling. A built-in best friend, life-long buddy, partner-in-crime. Someone who shares the same childhood memories and traditions that you experienced, a riding partner at the amusement park. Someone to cover for you when you get into trouble with your parents (or to be the one to rat you out,) someone to stick up for you when you need it, someone to tease you and annoy you. Your confidant, your constant. Your...

    Beginning even before you find out you’re pregnant, parenthood is filled with decisions (which brand of pregnancy test to purchase??). Some simple, some difficult, all important… and although it can be overwhelming, I’m pretty sure there will come a time when our children are making their own choices and we’ll look back on these days wishing we could be as involved as we once were.

  “To circumcise or not to circumcise?”  That is the decision which parents of baby boys are faced with, often before their son is even born. The surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis is as routine in the United States as the standard pee-on-a-stick pregnancy test. Circumcision, like any other topic that involves parenting choices, is a touchy subject. I know it is for me–big time. The word alone makes me cringe and shudder–there’s such a cruel, finality it brings to...

  Photo: Petal & Vine Photography Wrap Your Baby   Babywearing is simply wearing a cloth carrier to keep your baby close. That gives you a connection that makes it easier to keep everyone happy. You don’t have to carry your baby to be a good parent, but babywearing makes it easier to be a good parent (and makes it easier for your baby to be a “good baby”). Did you know that we are evolutionarily designed to be in physical contact with an adult caregiver during our...

  One of my absolute favorite things is holding my baby’s naked bum in my hands—it is so tiny, soft and perfect! Maybe this motivates me to go diaper-free—to keep that special skin fresh, clean, and clear of rashes and odors all the time.  But that is only on the surface. There’s much more to it! An even greater joy is communication with my tiny newborn child. Yes, it happens when baby roots and I offer the breast. But when baby squirms and I hold him with his legs in a squat and...

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