Pediatrics ramps up support for BF and co-sleeping

cosleepingIn their newest policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (largest in the world) has just issued its strongest statement yet, in support of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and sleeping with baby very close by.

Both breastfeeding and proximal sleeping can sharply reduce the risk of SIDS.

You can read the full report HERE.

And HERE are the best guidelines for safe co-sleeping with your baby.

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FREE online conference: Education: Next Generation

ednextgen-facebook-postPlease join me for the Education: Next Generation Online Conference! This is a FREE global online event from Nov. 3-7, 2016, bringing together over 25 experts and thought leaders in parenting and education.

The conference is hosted by Jason and Cecilia Hilkey,  creators of Happily Family.

You’ll get access to cutting-edge interviews full of inspirational ideas and practical tools to raise kids to be mindful, connected, compassionate, and resilient.

Look who’s talking!!!!

  • Dr. Daniel Siegel (Psychiatrist, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute)
  • Lenore Skenazy (Author of Free Range Kids)
  • Patty Wipfler (Founder of Hand in Hand Parenting)
  • Robin Grille (Psychologist, Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World)
  • Heather Forbes (Founder of Beyond Consequences Institute)
  • Elena Brower (Yoga Teacher, Author of The Art of Attention)
  • Tara Mohr (Creator of the Playing Big leadership program)
  • Charles Eisenstein (Author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible)
  • Lots more brilliant speakers…!

Register for the FREE conference…HERE

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Healthy Birth Healthy Earth Conference now available online

stream-product2Available now: nine wonderful presentations that help us discover how awareness of birth can support our human evolution in co-creation with Nature. Over eleven hours of magnificent insight and inspiration with world-class speakers.

For more info and to purchase, go HERE

and use this discount coupon code:  hbhe4005

Enjoy the conference! (I was there and I loved it).

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Number 50 is here!

maxresdefaultParaguay just became the 50th nation to ban the corporal punishment of children. There is almost nowhere left in Latin America where a child can be legally hit. Meanwhile, more nations are committing to the process of banning. Hitting a child is domestic violence. Does that statement feel NORMAL yet?

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Parenting for a Peaceful World goes to China

5180300916_da94de49f1I’m thrilled to share these news. A Cantonese translation of my book, Parenting for a Peaceful World, will be entering the Chinese speaking world sometime in 2017.

There are exciting rumblings in Chinese culture. Curiosity. Hunger for change.

EDiversity, my publisher, represent homeschoolers and progressive educators in Hong Kong. Wow. Look at what is happening there! And what do you imagine will happen, in the Chinese world and its cultures, as these progressive forces continue to spread?

Where does this path lead? I could not be more filled with silent wonder. I will be learning more than I can imagine. Bring it on.

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Orlando, not so far away

Omar Mateen was once a beautiful and innocent baby boy. He was not born to be a slaughterer.  Was this terrorism? Yes, if by this we mean the terror that he suffered for desiring men when his father reviled homosexuality. The terror he suffered when his culture told him if he was gay he would be the shame of his entire family. More than terrorism, this was also Shame-ism. Omar’s self-hate was methodically taught to him.

Culture.     Why do we give culture so much respect, in the name of tolerance?

And yes, it was terrorism if by this we mean the terror wrought upon us all by ‘freedom’ – when ‘freedom’ is the freedom to do business unrestrained. Someone still has the money Omar spent that day. Others will make more money from the fear that has been sown. The answer to the problem is more of the same problem, right?

Now comes the blame war. “It’s Islam!”. “It’s the NRA!”. “It’s the homophobes!”. In some measure, for sure it is all of those. A smoking gun is certainly in the hands of patriarchal culture of all stripes. And free-for-all capitalism? Its hands drip with blood, no question.

Today, I would like to say: “Je suis LGBTI!”. Problem is, in the deeper shadows of Self, I am also Islam. I am also Bigot. I am also Capitalism.

For the love of the families that were shattered that day in Orlando, for the unbearable horror and unfathomable loss that has hit them, maybe we can all breathe out a little more, extend our being-ness a little more widely. They are all our family. Omar Mateen however, is also our son. In some way we all gave permission for him to be brought up in crushing shame, and then to be enabled in his final act. And the system that sold him his weapon gloats, it goes unmolested. We each have a Voice and are responsible for both using it and not using it. From this day on, what can we each say differently, what can we think differently, how can we vote differently, to what will we give our money, our energy?   And most importantly: what can we stop believing in? What can we stop accepting?

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The Biggest Line in the Sand

hqdefaultMay 2016, they meet in Dakar. Humanity rolls up its sleeves, and re-greens the biggest desert. Changing the climate. Feeding the hungry. Multi-crops among the trees, in a gigantic, new and bio-diverse forest.

From despair come unity and daring.

Something new has begun.

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The New Harmonious Industrial Revolution

kelppbigSo simple…so many of the world’s most frightening problems solved at once…

Is this a time for hopelessness and fear, or a time for paradigm-shifting solutions?

A farm that RESTORES the environment?? Really??? While feeding a populace, restoring health, providing an excess of renewable biofuel, with zero fertilizers, with zero pesticides, sequestering mega-tons of  carbon from the air and nitrogen from the sea…

I am stunned.

See what you think. And be sure to watch the Ted video!  CLICK

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Mongolia bans corporal punishment!

By prohibiting physical punishment in al settings, Mongolia has just become the first country in East Asia to do so.

Once the most feared warriors and invaders throughout Asia and Europe, now leaders in peace-oriented reform.

49 nations have prohibited, 52 more are in process. The veneer or normalcy is starting to peel off this old habit.

Read more. 

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Jewish rejection of circumcision: growing fast!

Fantastic news. Across several branches of Judaism, and in the secular Jewish world, in USA, South America, Europe and even in Israel – yes, very much so in Israel – young Jewish parents and rabbinical authorities are no longer amputating their babies’ foreskins.

Finally, circumcision is being understood for what it is: “a barbaric remnant of pre-civilized times” and “a violation of human rights” .   The medical world has largely agreed that health benefits are mythical, and loss of function is a certainty.

I had not realized how rapidly the rejection of this malignant practice has swept the Jewish world, in hundreds of thousands and growing.  Read more.

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