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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by Laura Markham, PhD

Scientists have found a way to predict which couples will end up divorcing: those who don’t insure that they have at least 5 positive interactions for every negative one. It turns out that maintaining this 5 to 1 ratio is effective insurance in every relationship, including between parents and children...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: If we could sum up the foundation of what creates positive parent-child relationships, interactions and future outcomes, it is our connection with our children! In this article, Dr. Laura reminds us how important prioritizing our connection with our children is, and offers many specific ideas on how to strengthen this connection. This is a wonderful article I re-read and recommend often!


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by Janet Lansbury

A toddler acting out is not shameful, nor is it behavior that needs punishing. It’s a cry for attention, a shout-out for sleep, or a call to action for firmer, more consistent limits. It is the push-pull of your toddler testing his burgeoning independence...


Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: This is an excellent article about how to set clear boundaries with toddlers without resorting to punitive discipline. Filled with great reminders, this article will help you if you're confused about how to implement gentle discipline techniques.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Intentional Conscious parenting is a way of parenting with a focus on intentional parenting, connecting to mother earth, trusting our intuition, celebrating each child's uniqueness, giving your child the freedom to be themselves. It's a feel good video that breaks down what we feel is conscious parenting.


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by Joyce and Barry Vissell

Thirty three years ago I had an experience that powerfully changed the way I perceive and love my husband Barry. I have shared this experience only with Barry and a few friends. Today I want to share this gem of a story in the hopes that perhaps it can change the way you perceive your loved ones...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Joyce and Barry's parenting book, Models of Love, always provides the inspiration I need to reconnect to my higher vision of mothering as a spiritual practice; opening to being a vessel of Divine love. In this personal story, Joyce shares a beautiful example of how remembering that our loved ones are our spiritual teachers, keeps us connected to our hearts and the higher purpose of family life.


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Editor's Note from Shelly Birger Phillips: Children are incredibly intelligent and are especially good at inductive reasoning, meaning that they can come up with and test their hypotheses in an incredibly creative way. Without much evidence at all, young children can come up with elaborate explanations for why things are the way they are. And amazingly, it turns out that imaginative play is one of the keys the this ability. So, if we want the next generation of scientists to come up with inventive and creative ways to solve problems, we'd better encourage them to "play pretend" as often as possible!


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by Brad Yates

It almost goes without saying that tapping is a great way to help kids feel better when they experience uncomfortable emotions such as fear, sadness and anger...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: For those of you who have never heard of tapping, "EFT" it is a very worthy tool to add to your spiritual tool box. Emotional Freedom Technique has been around a long time and has been used for releasing blocked energy, weight loss, money blocks, quitting smoking, drug addiction and more.


We wanted to show parents how they could use this technique with children and so we asked Brad Yates to write an article for our website on how parents can use EFT with children.



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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Whether you are an art teacher, preschool teacher, run a day care in your home or a parent this video that requires minimal supplies and endless ideas of how to create a snowman using what ever you have in your home at this time is a must see children's craft video.


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by Michael David Lawrience

As a child when some of our needs were never met, we may have become someone different than our real self. We may have become the clown, invisible lost child, hero or the caretaker in our family to adapt and survive...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: As children the core beliefs and traumas that they may have encountered while growing up forms mind thoughts and beliefs. During childhood, sometimes emotional needs are not met when maybe trauma was experienced and or just lack of parenting skills. Subpersonalities can form out of abuse and imbalanced chakras become the bi-product.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Listen in, as a father asks Abraham Hicks about his child's frustration when she's not able to manifest right away.



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by Deb Chitwood

Here are my top 10 Montessori principles that can be used whether or not you own traditional Montessori materials. These principles are relevant for any preschooler. To me, they fit with natural learning because they meet young children’s natural needs without requiring a specific material...

Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: I love Deb's website over at, it is a great resource for parents looking for educational activities that their children can do independently. And this article is a lovely introduction to some of the philosophies of Montessori education. Thanks Deb!


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by Renee Jain MA

I wanted to sleep with a bat under my pillow. It was plastic; nonetheless, it was a weapon. I was 5 years old, and I firmly believed that each night when I went to sleep, a robber would break into the house. I needed something to defend myself (and maybe my family), and my brother’s yellow Wiffle ball bat seemed ideal. Unfortunately, my parents never complied with my request. They didn’t know what to do about a child dealing with anxiety.



Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: For building on a child self-esteem this article is one of the best we have came across in a few years. The writing is excellent and the wisdom is right on!



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by Bruce H. Lipton, PhD

Let’s go back to the evolutionary challenge for human beings, who have to learn so much so quickly to survive and become a part of their social community. Evolution has endowed our brains with the ability to rapidly download an unimaginable number of behaviors and beliefs into our memory...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: This is the first part of a series of excerpts from Bruce Lipton's chapter on Conscious Parenting in his wonderful book, The Biology of Belief.


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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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