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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"We will be like a whisper in your ear, or a knowing in your heart. Just close your eyes and talk to us in your thoughts -- then look and listen for answers. You know we are always there."

~Quote from the children's book Kai And The Magic Jacket.


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Editor's Note: This video contains a gentle and reflective conversation that honors the heartfelt desire we have as parents to be loving and joyful with our children. I appreciate her emphasis on the importance of being curious, because this helps us to open our hearts to our children and ourselves in each moment. Watching this video made me feel that I had just had a nourishing conversation with a fellow mother whose love for her children inspires my own.


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by Genevieve Simperingham

One day when my daughter was about eight, in expressing to me all the reasons why she really appreciates me, she said “because when I’m angry and I tell you to go away, you stay with me and keep looking after me”...


Editor's Note: Genevieve reminds us that anger is the first layer often revealed when a child is experiencing stress. Her techniques are valuable and show parents how to move past the hurtful words and reactions kids sometimes use and get to the root of the issue.


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by Shelly Phillips, MA

Ahh, the joys of the holidays, we get to travel far distances and celebrate with people we may or may not like very much, all in the name of family togetherness.  Luckily for me, I adore pretty much everyone in my family, but I know that’s not the case for everyone.  And even though I love my family, the stresses of traveling with a baby are not something I’m looking forward to...


Editor's Note: Great tips and encouragement as we go into the holiday season!


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by Dr. Laura Markham PhD

Bullying begins in preschool and gains momentum as kids grow. Depending on which survey you read, between 40 and 80 percent of middle schoolers admit to bullying behavior...


Editor's Note: Dr. Laura Markham provides quick and easy things we can do to instill confidence in our children so that they can handle themselves in a bully situation. I found this article very helpful and encouraged me to take a look at what I have taught my own children regarding bully behavior.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We are true followers of Bruce Lipton. We've actually had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Bruce at a Hay House Conference. He is a genius. The kindest, gentlest soul that would give you the time of day. If you take the time to watch this video we guarantee you, you'll walk away inspired and filled with life changing knowledge.  This is part one of two videos.


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by Cyndi Dale

I was nervous. A mom I’d never met was bringing her son to see me for an energy healing session. He was in his 20’s and had not spoken or walked in his life...



Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: "To practice grounding, I invite children to pretend that they are trees. Like a tree, they are fully rooted in the earth. They are surrounded by strong bark. Their branches extend to the skies, drinking in the bright sun." Cyndi Dale


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"Consciousness is a state of evolution, there is no end point where you can say, now I’m a conscious parent. I want all parents to understand that when they embark on the journey of consciousness, it’s not necessarily to be absent of unconsciousness. That’s not what consciousness is, consciousness is the ability to become more aware of when we have fallen off track, when we need to shift back into the deepest state of groundedness, when we are being triggered by our past, rather than responding to the present, when we are responding to our own unmet needs rather than responding to a child’s need in the moment..."


~Shefali Tsabary, PhD


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by Genevieve Simperingham

It’s a common problem in many families that the parent who has been caring for the child all day needs some space from their child when their partner returns, but the child rejects their returning parent and demands to be cared for by their stay at home parent.


Editor's Note: Genevieve reminds us that when a child rejects a parent who is returning home from work it isn't personal. She reminds us to relax, ease into the transition without reacting and allow for the adjustment to take place and offers great ideas on making this shift easier on everyone involved.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Here's an electrifying video of a little girl saying her daily affirmations in the mirror. You can't help but feel her enthusiasm of how she starts her day. Can you imagine the state of the world if everybody started their day this way? This is one of our favorite children's affirmation videos. We've used affirmations our whole lives. Affirmations can be an empowering tool to use with your children.


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by Thomas Hobson

Have you ever seen one of those prepubescent beauty queens? You know, the ones whose moms dress them up like adult women, bouffant their hair, and give them make-up to make it look like they have 18-year-old heads on 5-year-old bodies? We're appalled...

Editor's Note: Why do we label young children with terms like "aggressive" or "violent" when they're simply exploring their world? Teacher Tom examines this topic in depth and I agree, let's stop labeling young boys as "violent" and allow them a healthy exploration of their power.



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Editor's Note: This is a sweet video demonstrating the type of authentic or original play we as humans are primed for and crave. I enjoy this reminder that our children thrill when parental connection and hugs come through this playful and gentle form of roughousing that is inherently natural and healing.


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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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