Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for 11 years in the Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey earning the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence.  She is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula and Holding Space -- On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go

To learn more, visit: www.birthbreathanddeath.com 

April 16, 2018

Parenting

'You disgust me' – examining the impact of verbal abuse on children

While verbal abuse – characterized by swearing, insults, spiteful words, gaslighting, and threats – may not leave physical scars, its impact is significant.

March 8, 2018

Parenting

In praise of godparents: Extending the circle of care around our children

Whether one uses the specific term "godparent" or not and whether one links pending legal guardianship with the role of a godparent -- there are significant benefits to formalizing the role of emotional or spiritual mentorship with regard to one's children.

February 20, 2018

Parenting

Problem parenting: When smartphones take the front seat

Our children are watching us from the backseat. They are watching us as we eat dinner and "watch" them at the park. They see how many dozens and dozens of times we check our cell phones each day. Do you really want to spend a third of your waking life staring at your phone?

January 18, 2018

Dating

Dating for the first time as a single parent: Five helpful do’s and don’ts

So, you are single. You are a parent. And you’re thinking of dating for the first time since becoming a single parent. Be ready.

December 20, 2017

Christmas

The case for slowing down this Christmas

According to legend, one December night in 1816, a young Austrian Roman Catholic priest named Joseph Mohr went walking alone along the paths connecting his rectory to his grandfather’s home nearby. It was quiet. It was still. It was nearly Christmas.

December 18, 2017

Star Wars

Three lessons on love in 'The Last Jedi'

I write about Episode VIII: The Last Jedi as a scholar of comparative religion, a hospital chaplain, and a birth doula.

November 28, 2017

Parenting

'No secret' families help protect children from sexual abuse

I remember the day I told my mom about Dani. We stood in our family kitchen in American Fork, Utah.

October 13, 2017

Books

'Holding space for death': an excerpt

The following is an excerpt from Amy Wright Glenn’s new book Holding Space – On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go, published by Parallax Press and now available for pre-order. “Holding Space” will be in bookstores this November.

September 27, 2017

Parenting

Stop spanking your child: The case for ending legal forms of corporal punishment

It is irrational (and wrong) to knowingly engage in forms of discipline that increase a child’s risk of anti-social/criminal behavior, anxiety and/or depression.

August 10, 2017

Parenting

How to move away from shame-based parenting

OK. I get it. Parenting is (really) hard sometimes.

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