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 Shelly Birger Phillips, MA

It’s spring-cleaning time!  Hooray!  Out with the old and in with the new.  Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and leafing out, and my husband and I are taking a good hard look at our finances.  Ouch...

 

Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: It's spring cleaning time! You're organizing your house, planting your garden, but did you forget to get your finances in order?

 

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by Margaret Paul, PhD

Do your children see you as happy and peaceful, or do they see you as angry, depressed or overburdened? Learn how important it is to good parenting for you to learn to take emotional responsibility for your own feelings...

 

Editor's Note: 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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by Genevieve Simperingham

When children are upset and unsettled, they need empathy and connection before solutions or suggestions.  They need to get their feelings out and to see that we’re noticing and caring about those feelings...

 

Editor's Note: Sometimes it's the hardest thing to do but keeping calm and composed while our children are grumpy is a challenge. We have all been there and felt that moment of frustration and annoyance but Genevieve reminds us to approach these situations with love and calmness and stay focused on peaceful parenting rather than react with anything but sweetness.

 

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by Rebecca Eanes

My firstborn is a highly sensitive child. I didn’t realize this fact until he was three, and I didn’t fully understand it until he was four and a half when I read Ted Zeff’s book, The Strong, Sensitive Boy. Without the knowledge and understanding of my son’s sensitivity, I disciplined him in ways that damaged his self-esteem and our bond. 

 

 

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: For those of you who have never heard of HSC, which stands for highly sensitive child this is a very informative article. Have you noticed a difference between your children and how they react to the way you discipline them? Do they take it very personal and carry it with them? Are they overly emotional? Please read this article. You will learn different techniques that set boundaries but don't harm your child inside and out.

 

 

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by Margaret Paul, PhD

In a phone session with Gerald, one of my clients, he expressed to me that he was feeling very sad about his son, Luc. Luc, 29 years old, was not doing much with his life, and Gerald was berating himself for how he had parented Luc...

 

Editor's Note: Great reminder that our children have their own path to discover and to allow them the space to do that rather than judge, criticize or take their accomplishments or lack thereof personally. 

 

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by Lori Lite

Reducing stress can be as easy as ABC for you and your family. This ABC list makes it fun for children to pick a letter, read, and implement a tip that will reduce stress for the day. When children step through the academic door to learning they also open Pandora’s Box of stressors. Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, or college. It is never to early or late to fill your child’s backpack with the ABCs of decreasing stress.Parenting expert Michele Borba suggests: Print this out and place on your refrigerator. 
  

 Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Lori Lite's article, ABC's of Decreasing Stress is just like her last name. It's light and fun. You can feel yourself relaxing as you read this stress free article. How fun would it be to turn these ABC words into a fun song and sing them with your young children?

 

 

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Editor's Note: Here is an inspring clip of how a mother contributes to her child's legacy in a unique and fun way for other children: Comic Book Drawing.

 

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by Simon Paul Harrison

The tools and techniques to support children in re-connecting with their birthrights of child-like wonder, love for learning and natural creativity are so simple yet so powerful. The difference that one individual can and does make for children is staggering. Everyone has these gifts to give...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: In the spirit of how this article is written, the possibilities of a new mindset of how we raise and teach all children could become a blueprint for a happier way of living. Simon Paul Harrison's book The Truly Alive Child For those who seek a grander vision for our children is a must read for any parent on a conscious parenting path.

 

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by Shelly Phillips, MA

Ever wonder why we have the impulse to rock babies to help them calm down?

Studies show that rocking, spinning and other physical movement through space helps children’s brain development and their ability to pay attention, by stimulating the vestibular (inner ear) system...

 

 Editor's Note: This is such a fantastic article providing a great insight into why it's so important to involve our children in movement.

 

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Editor's Note: Fun crafts to do with your kids in celebration of Valentines Day.

 

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by Shelly Phillips, MA

I think Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. My husband calls it a “Hallmark Holiday” but I still love Valentine’s Day because I’m all about the love. This may stem from the fact that I’m solidly a Type 2 in the Enneagram...

 

Editor's Note: Great ideas on how to share your love with those in your life.

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: As parents sometimes we forget how much our children are learning from watching us. They are little sponges watching our every move and expression. They feel the energy that we vibrate each and every second. They hear and mimic the words we say. So be sure to check in with yourself!

 

 

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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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