Miriam Katz

A Home Birthing Story

October 17, 2013

I’m pretty sure it never occurred to me I’d ever give birth at home. The first time around, I headed straight to the hospital, hooked up to the epidural, pushed her out and breathed a sigh of relief. After researching homebirth extensively while co-writing my book, my perspective on birthing began to shift. Birthing was […]

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Creating space to “hold” your child’s emotion

January 23, 2013

As any parent knows, the size of a person’s emotions has nothing to do with the size of his body. Babies and toddlers stretch us emotionally by confronting us with feelings that we’ve been taught to dismiss, ignore, or stuff down to get by in Western societies. After all, it wouldn’t be cool for an […]

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Conscious Parenting Resolutions for the New Year

December 28, 2012

Like most parents, I have resolved to be the best parent I can be. And for me, that means integrating proven best practices as I come across them, incorporating them into my parenting toolbelt. The end of the year is a time when many of us start looking to the future, reflecting on the positive […]

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Love through the eyes of a new parent

November 29, 2012

We spend a lot of time thinking about faults. Our faults, those of people around us, our employers, politicians, even the world’s. In fact, once you start looking, you could spend a lifetime finding faults. But finding faults makes us feel awful. It weighs us down and darkens our experience of life. Just as finding […]

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Parenting from the ego vs. intuition

November 14, 2012

I just finished an eye-opening book about tapping into your inner guide, the source of wisdom and intuition. In order to better hear its voice, which is always speaking to us, we can practice overriding the voice of the ego, which is based in fear. What types of things does the ego lead us to do? […]

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Why babies don’t “behave”

November 6, 2012

Have you ever had someone comment to you how “well-behaved” your baby is? If not, don’t worry, just read on. This compliment reflects a pervasive Western misconception about how babies function. Have you ever met an under-one-year-old who understood what society expected of him and adjusted his behavior to accomodate those expectations? I haven’t. I […]

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Baby: from Other to Teacher

September 28, 2012

If you survey mainstream Western baby-care advice from the past two centuries, you’ll see a common theme: the perception that babies are wild beings who need to be tamed in order to be incorporated into family life. The concept of “otherness” is familiar in the history of humankind – it’s a driving force behind the […]

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Motherhood: Is It Holding Mothers Back?

April 27, 2012

“The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women,” is the latest release of self-effacing mom lit, by prominent French intellectual Elisabeth Badinter. From her recent piece in the Huffington Post: Today’s ideal of motherhood requires that we give birth in pain, without benefit of an epidural, since this robs us of our first […]

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