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 Mark Brady, PhD

I was never a very good student in any of the schools I attended. I was kicked out of Katherine Brennan Elementary School – which currently ranks 534th out of 543 Connecticut elementary schools (because of kids like me?). But I wasn’t suspended for tromping Element No. 4 from the Periodic Table of Swearing in 20-foot high letters onto the pure white snow covering the hill behind the school...


Editor's Note: A reminder from Dr. Brady that we all have specific talents and gifts and we as parents (and educators), should honor that in our children by allowing them the freedom to explore their interests.


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by Shelly Birger Phillips, MA,

I’m not an advocate of random consequences, spanking, punishments, or even time-outs but that might leave you wondering, “How can I set clear boundaries with my child in a way that’s kind and respectful, but also maintains some order and keeps us all safe and happy?” My answer is easy to understand and challenging to implement...


Editor's Note: Lately my clients have been asking me for real life examples of how to handle discipline lovingly and non-punitively. This article is my answer! Please leave me a comment, I'd love to know if gentle discipline is working well for you.


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by H. F. Parkhurst

After many years and being a grandfather, I’m learning to consider children as young people. They’re bright and shiny pennies filled with the wonder of discovering the world. They rush this way and that as though they’re on wheels and are filled with a never-ending supply of questions...


Editor's Note: The topic of how we talk with children is near and dear to my heart and this article is right on. We need to start relating to children as the capable, helpful, smart, and inspiring young people they truly are. In fact, there are times when we need a child's fresh eyes to be able to see new solutions to the challenges we face. This article eloquently shares how and why we all need to take another look at how we communicate with young people.


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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

ATH Asst. Editor of Family & Parenting 

While digging through some old files from when Carol's mom worked in daycare many years ago we came across this alphabet chart. It was originally published in Ann Landers. We fell in love this this soup of alphabet parenting tips. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.




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by Cortis Loukes

Lately there has been renewed emphasis and awareness of the benefits of going “back to our roots” and giving birth at home.  Safety, comfort, and the wellbeing of the new addition to your burgeoning family are the foremost issues to think of when choosing a birth plan. I know from experience - just three months ago, I welcomed my first child into the world, at the place I least expected - at home...


Editor's Note: A recent first-time Dad, Cortis shares his experience of the realities of choosing a home birth. Enjoy!


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from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten,
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by Nina Nelson

I vividly remember the day that I needed to do something about my clutter. A sitter was coming over (one of the few times we’ve ever paid anyone to watch our kids – you’re lucky, Emily) and my house was a mess...


Editor's Note: Wow do I need this one. I am staring at a mountain of paper in my office and it's time to deal with it all. But honestly, I'm a little bit worried that as soon as I file everything in this enormous pile, it's just going to re-appear! This article gives me hope that I can actually make a change and get rid of my mountains of paper. Thanks Nina!


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by Laura Yeh

Kids who learn to play a musical instrument gain an outlet for their creativity that can bring them a joy for a lifetime. They also reap tangible benefits that can help them as students and throughout their lives...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: This article takes a closer look at the advantages your children can gain from learning how to play a musical instrument. The arts are a dying field in today's society. This article is an excellent reminder of how important the musical arts are and what they can teach children of all ages.


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by Sheryl Paul, MA

Ever since Everest decided to become a vegetarian a couple a months ago, his already high sensitivity has gone into overdrive. Once he made the connection about where our animal food comes from, his mind connected the dots and realized that almost everything in this world comes from something in the natural world, and that in order for some life to survive other life has to die...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In this article, Sheryl provides explanations as well as wonderful modeling of how to lovingly attend to our children's grief and existential fears. As usual, she also reconnects us to how to be gentle with our own pain and fear (which in turn helps us attend to our children). I so appreciate her storytelling and insight!


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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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by Laura Markham,PhD

What does self-control have to do with setting limits?  Well, we can define "self-discipline" as controlling our impulses to give up something we want, in pursuit of something we want more.  And children develop self-discipline from the limits we set, as long as we set them with empathy...


Editor´s Note from Sylvia Poareo: I have found that getting clear on our limits as parents and implementing them with authentic empathy to be extremely powerful in my own parenting life.  In this article, Dr. Markham not only explains why this is important, she also offers wonderful examples. Enjoy!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Conscious parenting is much different than traditional parenting. For those of you who wish to explore this route this would be the interview for you. It touches upon the traditional fear based and control tactics of parenting vs the liberating conscious parenting techniques. Instead of coming at parenting from an authoritarian point of view it's more about putting the relationship between child and parent first. It's about being mindful and present with your parenting so you can meet their emotional needs.



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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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