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The Lost Arts

The redefining and severing women from the wisdom of generations and the natural instincts of mothering was among the first targets of the culture war.

The best hospital staff in the world can’t replace a loving grandmother’s eyes. A mother with her baby in her arms can’t always see the subtle changes within the first few days of caring for her newborn. First-time mothers have no idea what normal behavior or growth looks like.
Have you ever had a well-meaning mother (or mother-in-law) scold you for picking up your baby too much? Have you been warned that if you respond too quickly, you will spoil her? Has the sage advice "let him cry it out" been leisurely thrown your way? Yeah. Me too. It's hard to escape, it's so ingrained in our culture. If you're...
It was 3 a.m. when the nurse opened my hospital door, leaned in, and announced with an insistent tone, “Don’t fall asleep with the baby in your bed.” “Of course not,” I lied with a smile. “Never sleep with your baby.” Horror stories of babies being crushed or suffocated by their parents permeate the culture. It's so deeply ingrained that its...
Are you old enough to remember "the carefree days of childhood" or "a happy childhood"? Once upon a time these were common phrases, but you don't hear them very often today. According to a recent study released by San Diego State University, there is a sharp generational rise in youth depression, anxiety, and mental disorders in the United States. It's hard...
Is your child one of the sweetest kids you have ever known? Is his heart as big as he is...and the only problem is that he seems to have some anger issues and brat-like tendencies? Do you find yourself thinking, “If you only knew him like I know him...”—but all most people see are the tantrums, demands, and emotional outbursts? Those...