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 L.R. Knost
Man, I love my mommy to pieces, but seriously, she does NOT know how to share. I took one little thing out of her purse, and she freaked! Snatching and saying, “Mine!” and everything. And right in the middle of the store, too! So embarrassing...


Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: This made me laugh so hard and then take another hard look at myself as a parent. I found it really fun to look at things through a child's perspective for a moment. Thanks L.R. Knost.


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by 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. Not only is Bullying pervasive, it has become increasingly dangerous, so that children are committing suicide or being beaten to death by their bulliers...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Unfortunately, bullying is a very real circumstance that many children may face. It is easy for parents to feel ill equipped or overwhelmed since many of us tend to avoid conflict or did not have positive role modeling for assertiveness.


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by Christine Nightingale

China, due toa population of over one billion, has adopted a draconian one-child policy. All pregnancies must be pre-approved by local committees. Abortions are forced on women even if 8 months pregnant, if the pregnancy was not pre-approved...


Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: I found this article very insightful when it comes to Spirit Babies and returning to family soul groups- or reasons why they don't.



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by Sai Maa

The highest goal of raising children is teaching them self-mastery, the skills they need and can rely upon to fulfill their highest calling in life. Yet many parents in today's world find themselves focusing on their child's outward behavior rather than their inner being...

Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: These are wonderful reminders from Sai Maa that teaching self mastery is our divine role as parents! (In regards to tantrums, I encourage parents to listen to their intuition to know when their child needs help or space to develop self mastery.)


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by Darcia Narvaez, PhD

Ever meet a kindergartener who seemed naturally compassionate and cared about others’ feelings? Who was cooperative and didn’t demand his own way? Chances are, his parents held, carried and cuddled him a lot; he most likely was breastfed; he probably routinely slept with his parents; and he likely was encouraged to play outdoors with other children, according to new research findings from the University of Notre Dame...


A Note from ATH Family & Parenting Editor, Sherri Carter:  In her research, Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez shows a relationship between child rearing practices common in foraging hunter-gatherer societies, such as the modern philosophy of Attachment Parenting, with better mental health, greater empathy and conscience development, and higher intelligence in children.


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by Bruce Lipton, PhD

The evolution of higher mammals, including chimps, cetaceans and humans, brought forth a new level of awareness called “self-consciousness,” or, simply, the conscious mind. The newer conscious mind is an important evolutionary advance. The earlier, subconscious mind is our “autopilot”; the conscious mind is our manual control...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: This is the second part of a series of excerpts from Bruce Lipton's chapter on Conscious Parenting in his wonderful book, The Biology of Belief. In the previous excerpt he helped us to understand how children's brains function in a nearly hypnotic state making them particularly vulnerable to the way they are treated. In this excerpt he explains the nature of the conscious and subconscious mind and why the messages we give our children are incredibly powerful subconscious imprints.


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by Kira Wizner

Our kids are learning something new every day.   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.  I know how to use a metro card, do the laundry, load the dishwasher, pack my purse, and more.  Kids don’t...


Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: Kira's tips on how to support your children in their quest to learn left me thinking, why didn't I think of that?! I especially love the one about re-telling your child's story. What a great reminder! Thanks Kira!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Gather your child, have them sit down and take a few cleansing breaths, get centered, feel this video. Even if your child is not an artist this could surely stir their soul to maybe even seek out their own passion that's inside of them, whatever it is.


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by Sylvia Poareo

Lucas has been sick with a bitter cough all week.  Two days ago, our doctor told us it would be best for him to take a few days off of school and rest.  So we settled back into a life we haven’t enjoyed much since school began… the mellow days of hanging in our backyard, gardening, playing, wondering….the best “school” of all...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: I wrote this reflection a couple years ago but it is such a treasured mothering reflection that I wanted to share it with you. I am in awe of the strength of mothers (with or without children) everywhere and our capacity to mother others and ourselves. This Mother's Day may you celebrate the mother within with love and joyful reverence!


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by Sheryl Paul, MA

There are moments when my two kids send me into a simmer of joy. There are many other moments when I’m close to pulling my hair out as my boys push each other’s buttons and struggle to find their place and space in the same house, but this post is about a moment when the sacrifices and struggles of adding a new person to our family washed away to reveal one of those delightful moments when all is right in the world...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In her own beautiful way, Sheryl captures the essence of mothering siblings; the joy of seeing a relationship unfold and the inevitable challenges and grief along the way. I appreciate her authentic perspective and the reminder to let the profoundly sweet moments carry us through the tougher times.


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by Lori Petro, BSEd

Parenting is definitely not like a test. Tests are easy - study the manual and you pass the test. Parenting, however, is like the constant tuning of a radio frequency and when it's coming in clearly, it’s a joy to sing along to, out loud and free...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In this article, Lori shares a great example of how she reconnected to the value of modeling behavior instead of trying to teach it. I particularly like that in sharing this story she is modeling a wonderful parenting approach for all of us!


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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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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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