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TEACH through Love — Interview with Lori Petro

On December 19th 2015, I posted the following meme on my Amy Wright Glenn Facebook page: Within hours, the meme was shared over and over again. Eventually it reached over 830,000 people and it has been liked, commented upon, and/or shared over 27,000 times. Clearly, the words expressed resonated. Recently, I reached out to the creator of the meme, Lori Petro, founder of TEACH through Love. We spoke on the phone and shared reflections via email. Graciously, she agreed to be…

  • January 31, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Thank you comforting, precious milk

The tenderness evoked, the calm the wonder present as he falls into the peace of sleep at the breast. I breathe in miracles. “When I feel mad, or frustrated … nummies … they help my body relax ,” my little one says. May he always remember this peace. I commit myself to mindfully navigating both the giving and the eventual letting go, while standing up confidently as a breastfeeding mother of a 3-and-a-half-year-old in an unfriendly culture. I behold his quiet, soft, sleeping face And I remember…

  • September 17, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

“I won’t hit you”

This evening, my 3 and-a-half year old son pretended to read. He used his finger to follow the shapes of words moving slowly from left to right. I watched him turn a framed poem by Khalil Gibran into a window wherein I could view his evolving and unfolding consciousness. “Look Mama, Daddy wrote me a letter!” He smiled and began reading. “Dear Taber, thank you for this day… ” The beginning sounded like the prayers we say at meal time and…

  • August 4, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Dr. Laura Markham

  “America’s Parenting Coach” That’s what I entitled my most recent feature article for PhillyVoice. “America’s parenting coach: Dr. Laura Markham on peaceful parenting practices.” Over the last two years, I’ve watched Dr. Laura Markham’s influence grow dramatically. I couldn’t be more pleased. All of us interact with children at some level. It may be on the bus, at school, at a park, or in our homes. I have a friend in prison and he wrote me recently lamenting the…

Interviews with Amy Wright Glenn

Below is an up-to-date list of voice, Skype, and web interviews relating to Amy Wright Glenn’s work as a doula, chaplain, yoga teacher, mother, and writer. Enjoy. Adriana Lozada, birth doula, author, and the creator of “The Birthful Podcast,” recently interviewed Amy about stillbirth and infant loss. How best can we support families through these most difficult times? May the insights shared here be helpful. Nathalie Saenz, founder of Dearest Doula, a “top-ranking, alternative health podcast,” recently interviewed Amy about the religious and spiritual…

  • January 8, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Ending Corporal Punishment: Why you should never spank a child

Not long ago, laws protected the “rights of men” to use physical force to correct or punish their wives. A husband’s ability to assert his authority through corporal punishment was accepted as a social norm. Due to the dedicated efforts of activists working to improve the status of women, legal prohibitions forbidding any form of “chastisement” are now commonplace in most countries around the world. This is a good thing. While men’s violence against women continues to be a serious…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Missing Grandma: Meditations on My Mother’s Mental Illness

Today, my mother-in-law arrives. My husband’s mother visits every four to five months. Her soft blouses predictably sport cheerful, butterfly designs. She enjoys drinking a cold Stella beer and walking barefoot in the backyard of our south Florida home. Her beautiful, white hair shines in the sun. She loves to read to our two-year-old boy Taber. He calls her “Nana.” Read more.  

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Circumcision, Cultural Bias, and the Question of Consent

“My penis was cut without my consent and without good reason. This will not happen to our son.” My husband speaks with clarity and conviction. Long before we became parents, my husband carefully researched the subject of male genital cutting, commonly called circumcision. His opposition to the practice is two-fold. First, there is the question of consent. Small children — let alone infants — have no capacity to consent to the surgical removal of sound body parts. Secondly, there is…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Birth in America: Reflections on Power and Social Media

Meredith’s Story “Amy, can you meet us at the hospital in an hour?” my doula client asks. “We are trying to decide what to do.” “Of course. I’ll be there soon Meredith.” I hang up my phone and take a deep breath. Meredith is a first-time mom hoping for a natural birth. As her doula, my job certainly isn’t to make decisions for her. Rather, I am trained to offer loving support as she sorts through the choices at hand….

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Working Hard to Stay-at-Home

I wish I had known how much I would love being a mother. How could I have anticipated the depth of this love? My heart opens with wonder when I watch my two-year-old son lift his arms, snap his fingers, and sway to music. Any music. We could be in the check out line at Walgreens and if he hears music, he lifts his arms in praise. Oh, the world is good to him. Despite the little, blue bruise on…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn