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 Tom Hobson

I recognized them as the nice family from our building, their son, who looks to be approaching 3, was straddling one of those wooden, peddle-less bikes a lot of the kids are starting out on these days. He was in the midst of a mini-tantrum, stamping his feet, while emitting a whine-cry of frustration...


Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: In this article, Teacher Tom reminds us to be aware of the language we use with children. Often, we are simply directing and being the "boss," but do children really need a "boss"? And is our language honoring the whole human beings they are? Even very young children have clear desires and experiences, and sometimes in our rush to get where we're going we minimize, ignore, or attempt to change their minds. Of course we would never treat our adult friends this way, so why do we think it's OK to treat young people with such disrespect? Let's all work harder to listen and take children's experiences and desires into account!


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by Bruce H. Lipton, PhD

For nearly a hundred years, we have been enslaved with the notion that our fate is locked in our genes. This vision, grounded in the dogma of traditional medical sciences, perceives that organismal development represents a simple read-out of inherited genetic programs...



Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Bruce Lipton is an inspiring visionary leader helping us to understand the science behind what we often intuitively sense. Here, he discusses the importance of a mother's emotional well-being during pregnancy and the powerful impact her emotional state has on her baby. I love this article as yet another affirmation of why it is essential for mothers to care for themselves as they care for their children.


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by Joanna Young

Journaling can reduce anxiety in children and provides a way for them to express themselves when the spoken word may not be sufficient (or safe). By learning to write their feelings and deepest thoughts on paper they are learning to tune into themselves...



Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Many of us remember our first journal, that special place that we could write down all of our feelings and wishes free from parents and teachers. Where we could spill out everything to crisp blank pages to our trusted confidante, our journal. Consider sharing the gift of journaling with another generation, your children, grandchildren or others; and encourage them to write and scribble to express themselves for fun and healing too.


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In today's societies, closed minded choices are consistently being made through-out our school systems and communities, where greed rules the outcome of what is on the artistic menu. There are those that see no value in the arts.




Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: In today's societies, closed minded choices are consistently being made through-out our school systems and communities, where greed rules the outcome of what is on the artistic menu. Here's our take on why we feel the arts are so important. Do you agree?



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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW

Lately it has become even more apparent to me that parenting has less to do with what we say or do, but rather where we are coming from when we do...


Editor's Note: Sylvia Poareo gives us a glimpse into our inner teenager and inner parent and guides us into becoming more aware of where we are coming from with regards to parenting our children.


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by Shelly Phillips, MA

Did you know it could actually be beneficial to kids to see their parents fight? Well, it’s not actually the fighting itself that is beneficial, but if children witness their parents having an argument and then resolving the conflict, they are just as happy as they would be watching their parents have a friendly discussion...

Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: I was VERY surprised to learn that some recent research has shown that children are not harmed by witnessing their parents fighting! In fact, going into the other room to fight and resolve our conflicts could actually be HARMING our kids!


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

Parenting is not always easy. It comes with triumphs and tribulations. We wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. We were born to be parents. It definitely wasn't always easy, even as our children get older it's not always easy. Once a parent, always a parent...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Over the past few years through building our online parenting community we have built some great friendships with other authors. We wanted to provide parents with a list of resources you can use to assist you on your conscious parenting path. These authors write about a variety of topics: autism, connecting with nature, soul-to-soul parenting, alignment and joyful parenting. We even share an elementary teacher who believes in teaching children tools that will help them speak their inner truth and believe in themselves.


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Editor's Note: Gever Tulley is the founder of the Tinkering School, a place for children to creatively explore their environment. As parents, are we fostering a healthy relationship with risk or are we over-protecting our children?

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Here is a simple easy to follow, colorful fun song to sing along with your young children. Easy, fun lyrics with a simple tune.



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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: What we loved most about this song is that it teaches the children no matter what season it is, they can be happy and enjoy each and every season.



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by Andrea Ploehn

One thing I’ve realized from working with so many infants is that they are learning and understanding things much sooner than many parents realize. Using baby sign language, parents can start to communicate with their babies months earlier than they might otherwise...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: By communicating with sign language you can open up a new world at a much younger age. Some infants and toddlers are kinesthetic and visual learners. If your child is having difficulties communicating try sign language to break through their barriers. Andrea Ploehn has had excellent results using sign language with her four children.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We picked this particular video to share with you this month because of it's simplicity. The step by step instructions are as easy as ABC. When children get to plant a garden and reap the rewards their eyes light up. They get to learn about growing their own healthy organic food. They are learning science and math and don't even know it.



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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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