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 Cheryl Tallman

Introducing solid foods is a very important step in your baby’s development and well-being. In fact, studies show that babies who are fed nutritious, healthy diets grow into stronger kids and better-adjusted eaters than those who are fed poor diets...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Nutrition is often an underlying cause to many challenges our children face. Here is a wonderfully simple way to ensure our children's developing minds and bodies are being supported as nature intended!


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by Tom Hobson aka Teacher Tom

I don't know who hung the rope ladder from the swing set. It used to be tied to a tree trunk at the top of the smaller of our two concrete slopes. It was one of several ways kids could move from the lower level of our outdoor classroom to the top...


Editor´s Note from Shelly Phillips: I love the way that Teacher Tom considers the possibility that he's being overly cautious before moving the rope ladder that someone has tied to the swing set. Sure, it might be dangerous, but children have an instinct to survive just as we all do. When Tom notices his desire to move the "dangerous" rope ladder, he first tests the strength of the knots and then waits to see if the children WANT to move it or leave it.


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by Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten,
ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting

All children are spiritual beings that have come to have a human experience. We know each parent wants to have their belief system instilled in their children. We just ask you to allow and not shut off other avenues of explorations for them. Inspired children can think outside of themselves...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This is one of our favorite articles we have written. It is simple but yet powerful. We were asked to write an article listing what we felt was intentional conscious parenting. We've had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from this article and wish to share it with you all.


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by Shelly Phillips, MA

The vestibular system is responsible for balance, focus, and even plays a role in emotion regulation. But the best way to activate the vestibular system is by moving through space. So, if your child is having trouble with focus or emotion regulation, try encouraging movements like spinning and swinging and you’ll notice a huge change...


Editor's Note: In all of my research into best parenting practices, the benefits of spinning, swinging, and rocking seem to be the least well known. I want to shout this from the mountaintops! SPIN THEM! SWING THEM! And enjoy life with your child even more.


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by Shelly Birger Phillips, MA

You’re clear that you want to be a kind, caring, and compassionate parent. You don’t want to yell or spank your kids, but sometimes it’s hard to know if gentle discipline is actually working...


Editor's Note: A great article on 4 steps to increase cooperation within our children without straying from the gentle parenting techniques. Shelly offers a quick guide we can use in those moments of frustration when we need it the most.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: For all you parents who would like to introduce mediation to your young ones, this is a perfect start up video. They may want to watch the pretty dolphin pictures all the way through playing it for the first time. Now you can replay it, have your child find their special spot with a pillow or a blanket, sitting or laying, whatever they prefer. Have them close their eyes, become conscious of their breathing and let the music take them over. Ask them to be aware of how it's making them feel.


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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 Christine Nightingale

Every woman who successfully gives birth is a Birth Shaman. She brings the soul of the child over fromthe other world which is our real Home…

Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Christine Nightingale explains how "being a shaman means making the Other Side (of peace and love and “magic”) evident and present in this reality", when it comes to Spirit Babies. Very insightful article. I love the information she shares!



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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

Many moons ago together we took a horticulture class in college. One of our assignments was to make organic herb butter. We fell in love with herbs and their many medicinal properties and uses...

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Many moons ago together we took a horticulture class in college. One of our assignments was to make organic herb butter. We fell in love with herbs and their many medicinal properties and uses.
Here's one of our favorite recipes we like to make all the time.


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by Christine Nightingale

Guide: Dear Ones , your hearts are full of love for each other  and for this little soul, your Spirit Baby. It is wonderful to see this.

The first thing you must understand is that a Spirit Baby never leaves its mother. It can detach from a body for many reasons.  As you have already  intuited, in this case it  brought  you and your husband much closer  together, so that in fact you will be far readier to be parents when your Spirit Baby returns to incarnation...

Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: I know the pain of multiple pregnancy loss. It's something most don't want to discuss because the pain is so very deep. I hope you find comfort and insight in this message as I did.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We came across the topic of special gifted children over 25 years ago. We are fully excited to see it finally starting to become mainstream. This video captures the abilities of children who can tap into the quantum field and relay messages of the books contents. They are literally reading the books through vibration and touch.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This video does a great job of going over the many causes of bed-wetting. We appreciate the fact that their message embraces supporting the child's self-esteem and support from the entire family. It touches on the dire importance of not allowing siblings to tease as this could do damage and create self-esteem issues into adult hood.


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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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