Why this viral video is far more than a funny Father’s Day spoof

While this video is currently going viral, as a “Happy Father’s Day” video, I wanted to share this here for more than that reason.  While many people are calling this video “hilarious” and “Oh boy I feel SO bad for that dad” I have a completely different response.  While I’m also sure this video was staged, in the end, I believe …

Erika ElmutsWhy this viral video is far more than a funny Father’s Day spoof

Conscious Parenting on Girlfriends Talk Radio

Tune in 12 noon EST / 9am PST Wednesday June 4, 2014 for a live conscious parenting event! We will be giving away some parenting programs, and 5 viewers will win a spot to participate in a personal group coaching call with me to be able to ask your parenting questions!  We’ll also be “chatting” live during the call, taking questions …

Erika ElmutsConscious Parenting on Girlfriends Talk Radio

Losing my favorite sentimental item

During pregnancy, I noticed a darkened line that extended from my naval southward.  Thank hormones for that one. After I gave birth, it remained. I loved that line. (notice, it’s past tense – “loved,” not “love”) I wore it proudly as a badge of honor. It symbolized that I had given birth to a new life. I came to see it …

Erika ElmutsLosing my favorite sentimental item

How to keep your toddler off drugs

If you were told your child needed medication for ADHD and they were 2 or 3 years old, what would YOU do? As a naturopath trained in numerous disciplines, I want to scream from the rooftops NOOOOOOOO!  After seeing an article today on this alarming statistic, I had to write this article. Here’ what you can do instead of drugging …

Erika ElmutsHow to keep your toddler off drugs

Oprah discusses Conscious Parenting

I am so encouraged to see my life’s work/my passion, Conscious Parenting, beginning to not only gain momentum, but even more attention in the media. Today, Oprah Winfrey featured the topic on her Soul Sunday show, and said about the conscious parenting approach “it is going to change the way we look at parenting.” I am grateful to the families …

Erika ElmutsOprah discusses Conscious Parenting

Medical doctors discuss using essential oils

As many physicians are exploring more natural options for their patients, it’s exciting to listen to this panel of doctors discussing combining Western medicine and naturopathic medicine. Having worked at a homeopathic pharmacy partnered with the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, I experienced first hand how patients and physicians were integrating both approaches in their patient care.  I interfaced with more “holistic” physicians …

Erika ElmutsMedical doctors discuss using essential oils

More Facebook problems for parents

This morning, I was interviewed by San Diego 6 News anchor Heather Meyers about the concern many parents have over Facebook photos, from privacy and safety, to ethics to long term consequences.     This is the fourth media segment I’ve done on this topic alone in the last month, and I’m glad that people are finally having this conversation. …

Erika ElmutsMore Facebook problems for parents

Authoritative parenting style linked to obesity

I was fortunate to be interviewed yesterday for an article on NBC’s Today.com about a recent study linking authoritative parenting with obesity. This really fascinating topic is only briefly discussed in this article, but I am not in the least surprised. For several reasons. First of all, my initial question is “well, how do you define authoritative parenting?”  That broad …

Erika ElmutsAuthoritative parenting style linked to obesity