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 Ian Hawkins

A very good friend of mine was recently telling me a story about his family and how he and his wife had changed their outlook on their life and that of their family. They were heading in a direction they didn’t like, one they were all too familiar with. And so they made a crucial decision – IT ENDS HERE...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We are excited to introduce you to an author for dads, Ian Hawkins. We are happy to share his male conscious parenting perspective with our parenting community. Here's one of many of his parenting articles. You can read more at his website. Enjoy!


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by Ian Hawkins

I had an interesting conversation with my daughter a while back. I was apologising for speaking to her with angry eyes and she said something so simple to me, and yet so powerful. “Dad, I don’t see any anger in your eyes, I only see kindness...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Sometimes parents don't stop long enough to acknowledge how important their parenting role is. Ian Hawkins wants you to pause and give yourself some credit where credit is due.



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by Erin Taylor

Connection and Kindness: The Key to Changing the World Through Parenting

Leaving the grocery store this morning, I noticed a mom holding the hands of her two young children as she waited to cross the parking lot to get to her car...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This article really resonates with both of us as we feel we practiced this type of patience and used our parenting skills to not take our child's reactions personally. We did get up at restaurants, we did take them on walks, changed out toys, worked with the situation. How many of you relate to Erins experience she describes in this article?


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Many of you know Dr. Wayne Dyer transitioned from the physical realm to the spiritual realm recently. We personally were greatly impacted by his wisdom. His knowledge will go on teaching humanity millenniums to come.


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by Shelly Birger Phillips, MA

Parenting is one of those topics that we all feel very strongly about. I mean, our kids and their well-being is at stake, right? So, of course we’re going to be opinionated about what’s OK and what’s not OK. The problem with this is that it alienates other moms who, after all, are just like us, trying to do their best to care for and support their kids...

Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: Let's all have more compassion for one another. After all, we're all doing our best for our kids!


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by DeAnna L'am

Do you feel in Balance right now?

When we Look at nature, balance is an ever-shifting, waxing and waning dance…


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Anyone who has ever pondered what a solstice or an equinox are really about here's a great article by DeAnna L'am that breaks it down and puts it all into perspective. We couldn't help but give gratitude once again to mother earth for her selflessness that she consistently gives to us spiritual beings having a physical experience.


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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW

My clients often say, “I know, I know you always say I need to take care of myself too” because it is an essential component of parenting that I address repeatedly. Yet what I have realized is that often my encouragement toward self-care is heard as yet another thing to do, something else to add to the already huge list, which can increase the overwhelming feelings so common to life as a parent...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Practicing self-presence throughout our days as parents is often easy to forget. Yet it is one of the most important subtle shifts you can make which will benefit the whole family. Our children need us to be present for ourselves so we can be truly present for them as we grow and learn together in this parenting journey. I hope this article is helpful to you!


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by Karen Faulkner

Why baby massage really matters. I’m a Child and Family Health Nurse from Australia and I’ve been teaching parents baby massage for over 14 years. As a midwife I knew it was important but didn’t really understand why...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: When we approached Karen Faulkner to write an article for our Intentional Conscious Parenting blog, we knew after reading it we had to share it with All Things Healing's audience. We felt an obligation as parents, as co-editors and as conscious parenting coaches to share this valuable information with as many people as possible. The benefits of baby massage are numerous, and can have a life altering impact on both parents and baby.

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Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: This 22 month old is a better rock climber than I am! I am constantly amazed at what young people can do when given the opportunity to follow their interests. Hooray!


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Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In addition to simply inspiring us with his scientific reflections, Neil deGrasse Tyson offers great insights for parents on how to nurture our children's natural inquisitive and 'scientific' explorations! This is a great one to watch with your children. Enjoy!


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by Margaret Paul, PhD

Surprisingly, beliefs such as "I am smart," "I am talented," or "I am gifted" tend to create limitation, rather than an open intent to learn. When children are told, "You are so smart" or "You are so talented," they have a tendency to get attached to the approval of being smart or talented and may become fearful of failure...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In this article, Margaret Paul, discusses a form of giving feedback to our children that is more valuable and effective than traditional praise. There is alot of information on 'avoiding praise' nowadays, and this approach gives parents something helpful that they can do instead, to empower children and preserve their excitement about learning.


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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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