Posts Tagged ‘rhythm’

Brain-Wise Parenting: The Importance of Relationship & Rhythm

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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(Part 2 of my 5-part series at DrGreene.com) Yesterday I invited parents to relax about pushing academics for their wee ones, because their best preparation for true intelligence is play. But there is a very important area of your young child’s brain that does need active parental participation for optimally healthy development. It’s called the orbito-frontal cortex, or OFC for short.

The OFC is the seat of common sense thinking… the ability to read other people’s “signals” and recognize their intentions… to sense their emotions, and have empathy… to imbue intellectual thought with feeling, and vice versa — to moderate emotion with rational thought. In short, the OFC is the seat of social intelligence. It manages the skills of being truly human! {Read more at DrGreene.com}

 

 

Brain-Wise Parenting: The Importance of Relationship & Rhythm

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Wondering how to best build your baby’s brain? There’s an app for that! Pop quiz: do you know what RHYTHM has to do with your child’s lifelong wellbeing?? What kinds of rhythm does your child have during the days & weeks?

I’m pleased to have been invited for a 5-day guest blog spot at DrGreene.com, which began yesterday and runs all week. Dr. Greene is a pediatrician whose focus is children’s health in a progressive way. So I’m chiming in with 5 new articles this week all centered around ways to foster children’s optimal lifelong wellbeing. And it’s a lot of NEW material that I haven’t previously blogged about! Check it out here.  

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Slowing the Pace of Life in Summer

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Slowing the Pace of Life in Summer | Marcy Axness, PhDWe humans are rhythmic creatures. At least that’s how we’re meant to be. It’s why Rhythm is one of the seven Parenting for Peace principles. It is a gift for our children and ourselves to embrace life’s ebbing and flowing. Summertime offers us a luscious opportunity for slowing the pace of life.

“As biologists have learned in the past decade,” writes author Jennifer Ackerman, “time permeates the flesh of all living things — and for one powerful reason: We evolved on a rotating planet.”[1] She observes the many ways in which we carry inside us a model of the cosmos. Our entire being is steeped in various rhythms: respiration, circulation, digestion, elimination just to name a few.

So no wonder we find rhythmicity so nourishing. The young child most especially thrives on rhythmic routine, consistency and predictability. It weaves a sense of security into the fiber of his very cells as they are busy building brain and organ tissue. Ideally, rhythm permeates the child’s daily, weekly and even seasonal life. Meals and bedtimes are consistent and regular. Activities at home as well as outings take on the predictability of ritual, which the child can count on and keep a sort of internal beat to: “This is when we eat, this is when we nap, this is when we have play time… Tuesdays we go to the park, Wednesdays we go to the Farmer’s Market, Sunday we visit Grandma… and summer is beach time! {Read the rest of this post at mothering.com}

 


[1] Ackerman, Jennifer. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007, pg. 8.

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Recuperating — be back soon!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Long dry blog spell is due to my recent 3-week teaching trip to Brazil, from which I just returned. It was wonderful… people SO receptive to the Parenting for Peace message… not to mention the gorgeous country and wonderful folks.

Audience in Juiz de Fora

…at a health promotion conference for nursing students, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

Marcy Axness, Laura Uplinger

With colleague / interpreter Laura Uplinger…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m in the “re-entry” mode that happens for me after travel. Not just jet lag…but life lag. Listening to the bodymind’s call for a pause — in the interest of living and working with sustainability.

I’ll soon get back into a blogging rhythm, and in the meantime, I invite you to use the tag cloud on my homepage to search for topics of your interest… and if you’d like to see some posts / photos from the Brazil trip, they are on my Facebook profile (as opposed to FB Parenting for Peace page). If you’re patient and scroll way down you’ll even see my taste of carnaval!

 

How I’m Surviving December 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012

I’m supposed to blog regularly. Ideally every day (ha!), but at the very least, twice a week. (This I’m told by professionals who know how to keep interest alive in one’s book and one’s work.) And being a writer with lots to say, this is normally fine with me. Then December 2012 arrived. I’m all a-bumble. Topsy-turvy. And you know what? I’m going with it! In thinking deeply and reading lightly about it, I find that December 2012 is like life, amplified: ripe with opportunities that can be embraced and nurtured, or overlooked.

How I'm Surviving December 2012 | Marcy Axness PhD

Eve and Marcy at Dia Beacon

Life deemed that my December 2012 would begin across the country on an upstate New York road trip with my daughter Eve. Midnight struck as we cuddled up together at a cozy B&B enjoying a wee-hours Parenthood marathon via Hulu. After catching up on our shared favorite show, we fell asleep together in the fabulously comfy king-size bed. (We were co-sleeping!)

Aside from having taken her there for her freshman year, I had never visited Eve at college. And now she’s a senior with barely more than one semester left…and the most beautiful of all the senior studios because she pulled a low lottery number…and three apartment mates…and a whole life that I’d not yet felt up close.

I worked my butt off the weekend before flying to New York, to get blog posts written in advance, to get my November newsletter out, to essentially bank a week’s worth of work in two days. That’s when I felt it beginning to set in: weariness of the obligation to write, write, always be writing. (more…)

Rhythm and Routine for the Slower Days of Summer

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

When my son and daughter were in school, every June when summer vacation came I used to let out an audible sigh of relief. For one thing, I’m not a natural early bird, but for all of the years of our kids’ infancy and toddlerhood I was of course required to act like one! Once both children were in school, we were all happy to retire the alarm clock when summer arrived — or at least reset it for a more leisurely time.

But I remember the Waldorf teachers often urging us as we set off for summer, “Keep the form.” Meaning, keep some rhythm and structure to the days, even though school is no longer the primary organizing principle. (Some ideas on that in a moment.)  *** Read the rest of this post at mothering.com ***

Beauty as a Verb

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

In difficult times you should always carry something beautiful in your mind. •Blaise Pascal•

It sometimes seems to me that we’ve lost a sense of the importance of beauty in daily life. There is a coarseness and crassness to so much of the personal and cultural discourse we’re exposed to, that we’ve grown callouses over our “beauty receptors”—out of sheer survival! And, we’re all so busy, so techno-distracted, so efficient. Just don’t have the time to pick a few flowers for vase on the table… to smooth out the clutter by the front door… to hang just the right pictures on the wall. This relates to P4P Principle #3, Rhythm. (more…)