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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Editor's Note: Another hilarious episode that made me laugh so hard I couldn't catch my breath! I hope it gives you a great laugh as well.


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by Eden Kozlowski,
ATH Co-Editor of Meditation

I teach meditation, mindfulness and wellness. I am not a nutrition “expert” but know enough to instigate change as I am poignantly mindful about not only what goes into my head but also into my body...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Nutrition and health is vitally important for our children. Nutrition supports healthy bodies, the ability to process, learn and retain information. School lunches are in the midst of change across the country. We support finding ways to provide all children with healthy food.


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by Shelly Phillips, MA

Teaching your child to delay gratification can help him in all sorts of ways. He will learn self-control and willpower. He will also reduce his impulsivity and increase in academic performance. But delaying gratification does not come easily and often won’t develop naturally, unless parents and caregivers help children learn this important skill...


Editor's Note: Shelly Phillips offers great ideas on instilling games that teach our kids how to control their impulsiveness. I loved the idea of implementing games to teach them to wait in a fun yet productive way. The importance of learning to delay gratification will help them as they face challenges in life and better prepare them what lies ahead.


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by Steve Olsher

As a parent, there’s nothing we want more for our child, outside of being healthy, than for her to be happy, fulfilled, and live a life of contribution which adds meaningful value to others. 

But, how can you help facilitate this?...

Editor's Note: Helping our children connect to their purpose in life is one of our highest roles as mentors/guides in this world. We also avoid LOTS of unnecessary power struggles when we respect and listen to our children's souls to lead the way. Here Steve Olsher offers us some wonderfully specific and practical ways to help our child stay focused on how their light wants to shine in this world. Let us know what you think!


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A Note from ATH Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter:  Another EXCELLENT TedTalk! Tony Wagner discusses the current educational system and how "the culture of schooling is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators" along with referencing his research and suggestions that TEACHERS become the innovators to create change within the current educational system.


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by John D. Blomquist

The Holiday Season brings its owns set of challenges and emotions to parents separated from their children. The separation may be temporary in situations such as divorce or in instances of military deployment. More heart wrenching are separations resulting from parents whose children may have died or, for whatever reason, they may be distanced from...



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Editor's Note: A beautiful video demonstrating the Montessori tools for babies. Perfect ideas if you have a young one in your family or on your gift list for the holiday season.

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We really related to this video as both our families have had past life conversations with our children. This was a regular reoccurrence in our households. Does this resonate with you?


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by Sherri Carter, MS
ATH Editor of Family & Parenting

This year’s Winter Solstice is Saturday, December 21. It’s the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. From here on out, the days will continue getting longer, until the Summer Solstice. This celebration of the return of the Sun has been celebrated for centuries by every culture...


Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Angela McCoy and I created Yule Logs with our children this year. It was very easy and the results were beautiful! It was also a great way to include our young children in creating something together, while learning more about the Winter Solstice.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Carol and Stacy review Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart and Howard B. Wiggle Bottom The Power of Giving; A Christmas Story. Howard Binkow's entertaining and educational children's series teaches children some very important life skills about giving, sharing, self-confidence, confiding in an adult and how to listen to their heart. His books touch upon a wide range of emotions that all children go through and can easily relate to.

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by Kira Wizner

Every day our children learn about living. For them, almost everything is new. Not only are they learning about being a person, they are learning all the skills that we already have under our belt...


Editor's Note: Kira reminds us that in life we are constantly learning something new, whether it be a new adventure like bike riding or simply learning the balance between pushing our children vs encouraging them. This article reminds us to feel the emotions of newness, of feeling nervous when we attempt something new for the first time, and push through knowing that we will look back at our accomplishments and feel great! 


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by Jenn A. Nocera, MA, MFT, CLSC, CPFT

Christmas and Hanukkah come just once a year. Thank Goodness! The Holiday Season is a wonderful time of year! It can, also, be very challenging for many reasons – e.g., the extra errands, gift-buying, food preparation, and family gatherings...


A Note from ATH Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter: Author, Jenn Nocera, offers great tips on how to be proactive in reducing stress during this busy time of the year.


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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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