Guest Posts

    Our invited Guest Bloggers share their Perspective on children's health and parenting. Their view point may be different than Dr. Greene's, but each guest has a valuable view point. Well worth reading!

    Black and white dog sitting on a small child's lap.
    By: Cheryl Greene February 21, 2015 0 Comments
    Adding a Pet to Your Family

    You’ve been thinking about adding a pet to your family, but you have questions. What pet is right for us? Is this the right time? How many pets are right for our family? Will one pet get lonely…

    Mom, Dad and several adult kids enjoying time together.
    By: Cheryl Greene February 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Life Lessons for Moms with Young Children or What I Wish I’d Known Then

    I’m an empty nester. A recent part of the sandwich generation. My kids are grown. My parents are gone. I’m starting (just starting) to have senior moments. In many cultures women of my sta…

    Baby's Nursery with crib & Rocking Chair
    By: Kim Walls and Elizabeth Bachner February 9, 2015 0 Comments
    Product & Gear Choices for Your 4th Trimester Birth Plan

    Creating a birth plan helps you understand who you are as a parent. The planning process can help you define and understand your parenting philosophy and preferences – from where you want to bir…

    Happy Young Attractive Mixed Race Family with Newborn Baby.
    By: Kim Walls and Elizabeth Bachner February 6, 2015 0 Comments
    4th Trimester Birth Plan – Maternal Sexual Health

    If you are pregnant or have had a baby, then it is probably safe to say you’ve had sex. Let’s talk about that. Over 75% of new moms recognize that sex is important. Experts agree. BUT, nearly 79% …

    New father sleeping with baby on his bare chest. A blanket is over baby.
    By: Kim Walls and Elizabeth Bachner February 5, 2015 0 Comments
    Skin-to-Skin Time as Part of Your 4th Trimester Birth Plan

    Many parents hear of skin-to-skin (also known as Kangaroo Care) as part of their breastfeeding plan, but there are other benefits with huge importance that aren’t quite as widely publicized. In addi…

    Baby holding a parent's finger.
    By: Kim Walls and Elizabeth Bachner February 3, 2015 0 Comments
    4th Trimester Birth Planning – Your Ongoing Role in Baby’s Physiological Development  

    The  physiological changes baby will go through in the first 12 weeks after birth – the 4th trimester – can be astounding and often intimidating.  Your baby will likely express all kin…

    Bright eyed newborn looking over mom's shoulder
    By: Kim Walls and Elizabeth Bachner February 2, 2015 0 Comments
    4th Trimester Birth Planning – Collaborative Care

    The 4th trimester is the first 12 weeks after baby is born. There can be so much focus on planning for birth itself that parents haven’t necessarily given enough thought to what happens after baby a…

    Young child sitting on his father's shoulders in a green field.
    By: Marcy Axness January 30, 2015 0 Comments
    The Promise Within Your Child

    Over the course of this week I’ve presented many counter-cultural ideas for fostering a child’s healthiest development, including: opting for imagination and play over reading and writing …

    Mom and son playing outdoors
    By: Marcy Axness January 29, 2015 0 Comments
    Sheltering Childhood Nurtures Your Child

    So far this week I’ve focused on how you can support your child’s healthiest brain development. I thought I might spend today’s post discussing the brain-draining effects of Time-Out…

    young girl with fairy wings flying aginst blue sky with cirrus clouds
    By: Marcy Axness January 28, 2015 0 Comments
    How Boredom Builds Brains … and Screens Can Drain Brains!

    A rhythm of consistency and predictability in everyday life supports a young child’s healthiest brain development. For one thing, it fosters their most robust capacity for self-regulation —…

    Mom and Baby Playing - Photo by Haylee Sherwood
    By: Marcy Axness January 27, 2015 0 Comments
    Brain-Wise Parenting: The Importance of Relationship & Rhythm

    Your Child’s Brain — Built With Love! Yesterday I invited parents to relax about pushing academics for their wee ones, because their best preparation for true intelligence is play. But the…

    Young girl inspecting a clover in a green field
    By: Marcy Axness January 26, 2015 1 Comments
    The Importance of Playing, Puttering, and Pretending

      When our first child was born I was determined to do everything I could to “optimize” his development. This had even begun during my pregnancy, when I listened to lots of classical …

    Baked potatoes with plant-based toppings for a plant based, gluten-free Super Bowl buffet copyright 2015
    By: Linda Watson January 23, 2015 0 Comments
    Super Bowl Party Food!

    Score big on flavor with a baked potato bar for your Super Bowl party. Let your guests load up baked white potatoes and sweet potatoes with robust toppings. Focus on umami-rich ingredients, ones that …

    chips, bean dip, salsa, and bell-pepper sticks make a healthy, plant-based snack for after sports copyright 2015
    By: Linda Watson January 22, 2015 0 Comments
    Healthy After-Sports Snacks for a Winning Athletic Program

    Feed your hungry young athletes nourishing, plant-powered snacks that welcome everyone and help them get ready for the next game. This Fiesta Bowl centers around gluten-free corn chips for scooping up…

    Whole fruit and fruit snacks lead to healthy profits at parents concession stands by
    By: Linda Watson January 21, 2015 0 Comments
    Fruitful School Fund-Raising at your Parents’ Concession Stand

    Raise spirits and funds by using fruit’s natural beauty and flavor at your school concession stand. Delicious treats made from vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains are thrifty. Educate par…

    Quinoa salad with beet, cucumbers, and chickpeas from Fifty Weeks of Green copyright 2015
    By: Linda Watson January 20, 2015 0 Comments
    Moms’ Guilt-Free, AYCE Lunch Buffet

    Put together an easy, fun lunch for moms with a plant-powered salad buffet. No one needs to leave hungry because all the food avoids empty calories and dietary concerns. I’ve found a prime benef…

    Homemade trail mix using walnuts, raisins, and dairy-free chocolate chips for PTO snacks copyright 2015 Linda Watson
    By: Linda Watson January 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Snacks for your PTO or PTA that welcome everyone

    Welcome all the parents who come to your next PTO or PTA meeting by providing healthy, plant-based snacks that avoid triggering food allergies and dietary restrictions. In math class, you might call…

    Mother sitting on a couch surrounded by text of parental emotions.
    By: Penelope Jagessar Chaffer January 15, 2015 0 Comments
    We’ve Got The Power! Five Amazing Aspects of Chemical Toxicity That Will Inspire and Empower you!

    There is nothing more guilt inducing and paralyzing that finding out about how toxic chemicals found in thousands of household and day to day items can dramatically affect your health and the health o…

    Doctor looking questioningly out a window
    By: Penelope Jagessar Chaffer January 13, 2015 7 Comments
    Why Doctor Doesn’t Always Know Best and Three Ways You Can Change That

    One of the things I hear the most when I talk to other parents and concerned individuals about toxic chemicals is that people are frustrated by their doctor’s lack of information on the topic. Wheth…

    By: Penelope Jagessar Chaffer January 12, 2015 6 Comments
    Are We Raising the Most Polluted Generation in the History of the Planet?

    That was the question I asked a month ago, when I gave a TEDx talk in the beautiful art deco masterpiece, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, in Brussels, Belgium. Brussels is the home of the European Union an…