— Our children interrupt our conversations constantly. Even while I’m asking them to wait until we’re done talking...
Many parents admonish kids for interrupting, but in the same breath, they respond to the child’s interrupted request! Interrupting is habit forming. Like many annoying behaviors, once kids figure out that they can “get away with it,” the behavior will continue.
— Are violent movies, video games, and television programs harmful to my child’s education?
The answer is “yes” — experts agree that violent media is harmful to children and their education. Education is the act of acquiring knowledge; therefore, any activity that impedes this knowledge acquisition is undesirable and problematic. There are many factors that contribute to a child’s education, but popular media such as movies, video games and television are profoundly influential because statistics show that the average child spends more time in these activities above all other activities except for sleep.
— Our two boys, ages 7 and 9, are constantly fighting. The only thing that works is to separate them — my wife is with one, and I take the other. It's driving us nuts. Do you have any suggestions? Siblings will naturally vie for their parents’ attention, and fighting will be a part of that. It is completely normal. The problem with separating them too much is that they won't learn some of the skills that will help them to get along in the future.
— What can I give my child when she's had a stressful day, is nervous, fearful and cannot seem to fall asleep?
Mrs. Rabbit's secret tea is the answer to a multitude of baby and child upsets. Peter Rabbit’s heart went pit-a-pat as he ran from Farmer MacGregor, but his mother knew to calm him with a nice warm cup of chamomile tea. When he couldn’t sleep or had a tummy ache, good old chamomile came to the rescue.
— I’ve heard that when using homeopathic remedies, my symptoms will get worse before they get better. Why is that a good thing? What's the point? First, may I point out that while your symptoms do worsen with the correct remedy, in the end, you actually feel better. You gain mental clarity. I know I get all foggy when I'm sick, so the mental clarity helps brighten my outlook.
— Are Christmas tree lights covered in lead — and are they hazardous?
The wires of many electrical devices, including Christmas lights, are insulated inside a plastic (PVC) coating. Some sort of stabilizer must be added to the PVC so that it will be heat resistant. PVC stabilizers commonly include metals such as lead, cadmium and tin.
— Question: How do I find a qualified yoga teacher?
— My doctor says my nursing baby’s iron level is low and we need to give her supplements. I suspect that breast milk and the few solids she eats should be giving her enough nutrition.
— How do we know if we’re ready to have another baby?
— How are Waldorf and Montessori schools different from traditional schools?
— I have been told that I need to eat more protein. I am vegetarian, dairy sensitive and do not care for soy.
— We’re thinking about using a family bed. But what about the practical tips? How do we set things up?
— We have a wood deck where we spend a lot of time outdoors. I heard that pressure-treated wood can be poisonous.
— Is there anything I can do nutritionally to help keep my family healthy and illness-free?
— My kids tend to get frequent colds once school and day care start. Is this normal? How can I minimize their symptoms?
— I even have a wool wet bag. How on earth do I take care of wool diaper covers?!?
— I am all for extended breastfeeding, but my 3-yr old seems to show no sign of diminishing interest.
— I often see parents being harsh toward their tired and impatient children. What is reasonable to expect from a child and a parent in this kind of situation?
— My age is considered “high risk” with talk about extra tests, inducing labor early, C-sections and all these other horrors.
— Have you found that children of separated parents cannot handle criticism and disregard what you have taught them?
— I turned 40 this year, and I'm still breastfeeding. Should I get a yearly mammogram?
— Can you tell me what I need to know about diaper bags? What should I buy, and what should I put in it?
— How can I make sure my husband stays involved in our children's homeschooling?
— How much should my kids be drinking per day? What are some healthy alternatives to water?
— Whenever one of my children gets a splinter, a distressing scene ensues.
— Can I still practice yoga during my pregnancy?
— Our kids are constantly fighting. The only thing that works is to separate them -- Do you have any suggestions?
— I am in the process of weaning my baby but I cannot get the milk to stop flowing. My breasts get painfully full --
— Isn't “unschooling” just a fancy way of saying you ignore your children? Is that even legal?
— What dietary strategies can I take at breakfast to help my children do well at school all day?
— I’m interested in do-it-yourself, natural facial care.
— Can you tell me exactly what the controversial sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS is, and whether or not I should be concerned?
— What levels of calcium and magnesium do you recommend for pregnant moms?
— It takes forever for my baby to fall asleep, and she only falls asleep if I breastfeed or hold her.
— My child suffers from chronic Lyme Disease and still has significant joint pain, headaches, brain fog and fatigue.
— I have a 4-month-old who is covered with eczema, which the doctors are saying is allergy related.
— No matter how much I wrapped it, the bleeding wouldn’t stop. Are there herbs to help stem the flow?
— For a while, I was starting to see the process of natural weaning taking place. But now it seems like she is going in reverse.
— Help! I want to homeschool, but I do not feel qualified to teach my children.
— I've heard that whole wheat is actually better for you. Is there really any difference? What about other foods like pasta?
— I keep hearing about cloth menstrual pads, and it sounds like a great idea – I think! What’s the scoop?
— I feel insecure about how much of an herbal remedy to give to my child and how often to give it.
— We co-sleep w/ my toddler who nurses twice a night, and many of my family and friends express sheer horror; my mother swears I will live to regret it.
— My children are moving beyond the breastfeeding, babywearing and family bed stage...
— I have heard that you should not eat soy, milk or peanuts while breastfeeding because the child may develop allergies to them.
— I’m interested in one-size diapers for the greatest investment value. Do one-size diapers really fit from birth to potty training?
— Now that we’re homeschooling, how should we structure our school year? Is it better to study more or less continuously with short breaks or to follow a more traditional schedule with longer vacations?
— How can I reduce the sugar in my family's diet?
— What essential oils would you recommend for someone who is new to natural body care?
— I have some questions about cleansing and detoxing my body. Is it safe for me to detox while we are nursing?
— My baby won't nap! She fights sleep but gets fussier and fussier as the day progresses. It also seems that on days when she doesn't nap, she doesn't sleep well at night either.
— Usually I end up angry and yelling at my kids all the time, and this gets them to do what I want, but I feel terrible afterward.
— My 6-month-old baby wakes up almost every hour to breastfeed. I don't believe in letting her cry. I'm getting so tired that I can barely function during the day.
— Homeschooling: Now that my toddler is more active, how can I provide my older daughter with the attention she needs to tackle more complex subjects requiring my assistance?
— We are eating way too much junk food. We want to clean up our family’s diet. Help!
— My son is taking an antibiotic to clear up his sinus infection and has developed diarrhea. My friend told me that I can give him a probiotic to help the diarrhea. Aren’t probiotics bacteria?
— I had a really hard time breastfeeding my son. -- even after hundreds of dollars for a lactation consultant and months of pain, frustration and tears. Now I am pregnant again...
— My son’s school uses a multiple intelligences approach in their curriculum . What exactly does this mean?
— I am starting to see mosquitos when I take my daughter out for our evening walks. I don’t want to use any chemical insect sprays on her, but I am afraid she might get West Nile Virus.