FAMILY & PARENTING
What is Family & Parenting? Welcome to the Family & Parenting section of All Things Healing. In this section you will find a collection of articles and videos themed around raising children, and, specifically, raising children who are conscious, compassionate and confident. Each month, we will feature a variety of postings that we feel support these ideals and that may help us to become better parents and caregivers.  Family & Parenting is All Things Healing’s online resource of natural and healthy parenting and natural and healthy families. For more information, visit us online today!

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(Asst. Editors: Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten) Sherri Carter, MS, days are filled with the laughter of children, the cackling of chickens and a never ending pile of laundry. She&rsqu...
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by Genevieve Simperingham

Parents work hard to help their child become aware of what’s socially appropriate and inappropriate, what they’re allowed to do or not allowed to do, what tasks need to be achieved and how their words, reactions and actions affect other people...

 

Editor's Note: Powerful article meant to remind us that beyond just teaching our kids social limitations we are to meet their emotions and needs with love and care, careful not to be distracted in the moment of fast correction. I loved this article as it spoke to me personally on moving more gently and slowly.

 

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by Andy Smithson

When I got to college it was amazing how many of my roommates didn’t know how to do laundry or cook something other than ramen noodles...

 

Editor's Note: Great list to use in preparing our children for adulthood. I found each one to be a great conversation starter with my teenager. What speaks to you most in these top 10?

 

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by Christina Fletcher

These bodies we carry around with us only represent us to the physical world. When we connect to Who We Really Are then we connect to each other too, as truly we are all one, part of the same whole...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Sometimes parenting is tough. Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed and doubt yourself. This is absolutely normal. When you can learn how to shift your energy and connect to your inner self you are able to relax more and come from a positive parenting perspective. Christina does a great job giving you the tools you need to make this happen.

 

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by Linda McGurk

Gnomes were traditionally believed to be supernatural creatures that took care of the animals on people’s farms and on Christmas people would reward them for their work by putting out a bowl of rice pudding. It was important to stay on good terms with the gnomes, since otherwise they could get irritated and subject you to various pranks...

 

Editor's Note: This gnome home inspired me so much. After the holidays this would be a great project to do with your kids before they go back to school. Get outside, build something fun and enchanting like this gnome home and enjoy the day!

 

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by Shelly Phillips, MA

Parenting can be the most wonderful and the most challenging experience of our lives. Things that used to seem easy, like getting to an appointment on time or grocery shopping can become all but impossible...

 

Editor's Note: Shelly Phillips offers great advice that we can use to make our jobs a bit easier. I have found for my family the one habit that has helped us is to offer warnings for every transition. This has helped  prevent meltdowns which has been a wonderful thing in our house.

 

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by Eden Kozlowski,
ATH Co-Editor of Meditation

I am the mother of a child with special needs. My young teenage daughter was born with pachygyria, which basically means her brain decided to be structurally different from the norm. In the old days she probably would have been labeled "retarded" (what a word, huh?!) and in a sense, that is what her brain did – it didn't advance fully...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Do you have a special needs child? Or do you know anybody else who does? This article is chalked full of wisdom, sensitivity, information, empathy and the most amount of positively driven helpful tools that we've ever read on reducing stress for parents or caregivers or anyone involved on a daily basis who is taking care of special needs children.

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We liked this video because we've had many people through the years state they don't know how to cook healthy meals, let alone vegetarian meals. This one is so simple your child could be right next to you helping create this. (Of course, save the cutting for the adults.)

 

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by Genevieve Simperingham

A little melt my heart moment the other day that I thought I’d share. We sat at the dinner table to eat. My 16 year old son looking sad and disappointed apologized for burning the bottom of the omelette. His eleven year old sister quickly responded “it’s okay Osh we all learn from our mistakes all the time, I think the food looks great and I really appreciated you making it”...

 

Editor's Note: We all have moments of not being at peace. Reminders of centering ourselves and being conscious of where our minds are and what we are projecting are certainly helpful in making sure we get back to that peaceful state we all want to operate from.

 

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by Traci McGrath

Last weekend, the boys went away with daddy for a trip to the park and I finally got our little rhythm chart done. It was so easy (it had to be, I am not crafty.) It’s made of watercolor paper, mod-podged onto an art canvas...

 

Editor's Note: Traci presents a great idea on creating a family rhythm chart. Let it inspire you and spark your creativity in developing your own families chart.

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Here's a great, fun, easy, non-toxic, colorful craft that you and your kids can make for gifts for all occasions or just make it for yourself. We like it so much we are going to make some ourselves.

 

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by Genevieve Simperingham

Most parents of young children struggle to varying degrees with their child’s huge, and what can seem insatiable, need for their attention.  When our children are little, the demands on our time, energy and patience can feel so overwhelming...

 

Editor's Note: The importance of spending one on one time with our children is huge. Genevieve Simperingham reminds us of the incredible lessons our children learn when they see how important they are to us and that we find the time to fully engage in their lives. These moments will not only strengthen the parent/child bond but also lay the groundwork for them as they become adults and have their own families.

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: A brilliant spiritual educational video on what to teach or not to teach your children. If you or your spouse have different spiritual or religious beliefs, that could actually be a plus for your child. This ten minute video is worth every second of your time.

 

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A Missing Key to Building Childrens Self-Esteem

by Sylvia Poareo

A client asks, “How can I help my child have good self esteem, when I don’t?”

The fact that she can recognize that this is a problem is the first step!  So often, parents, particularly those that have personal histories to heal, focus intensely on helping their children to have the confidence they don’t.  However, we cannot teach self-esteem.
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