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: Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular. This infographic breaks it down. Both myself and Sherri Carter, Supervising Editor, homeschool our children and we both found this very enlightening. What do you find interesting about the stats on homeschooling?


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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

Many moons ago together we took a horticulture class in college. One of our assignments was to make organic herb butter. We fell in love with herbs and their many medicinal properties and uses...

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Many moons ago together we took a horticulture class in college. One of our assignments was to make organic herb butter. We fell in love with herbs and their many medicinal properties and uses.
Here's one of our favorite recipes we like to make all the time.


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by L.R. Knost

It’s been said that it takes ten positives to negate a negative, but the reality most experience is that no amount of positives can fully erase a negative. While we may be able to forgive and move on, forgetting just isn’t a possibility. Though we certainly do have the ability to control our reactions when confronted with criticism...


Editor's Note: L.R. Knost shares a personal story of how her uncle's playful teasing when she was a child, ultimately resulted in a negative belief about herself that she carried for years and years. L.R. reminds us that what we say to a child really matters and when we realize we've said something hurtful, the best thing we can do is acknowledge it by apologizing.


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by Laura Markham, PhD

 "Contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world.... they’ve been given unprecedented amounts of stuff." - Elizabeth Kolbert, in her New Yorker article Spoiled Rotten: Why do kids rule the roost?...


Editor's Note: Dr. Laura Markham reveals ways to combat the consumer driven environment our children grow up in. Through redirecting their focus and maintaining a healthy outlook and balance in daily life there is a firm foundation set to prevent the sense of entitlement so prevalent in our world today.  



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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting

For years while we were raising our children, playing games was always a staple in both our households. Our kids grew up with family game nights. Both of our households have 100+ hours of playing games together. We purposely chose fun, creative, educational, interactive games. To this day even as adults our grown children love to play games and still look forward to game nights.


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Do you like to play games with the kids? Here's a fun Unplugged game to play during dinner, on vacation in the car, on the plane or while sitting in the living room next to your fireplace. This game is fun for all ages. This is a really fun way to encourage everyone to put down their phones, become present in the moment together, engage, have fun and create lasting life time family memories.



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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: Alison Gopnik, author of The Scientist in the Crib shares the stunning new research about what babies are actually doing when they seem to be doing nothing at all. We used to think that infants were a blank slate, but now we know that they are some of the most intelligent creatures on Earth. 


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Editor's Note: Hilarious! This video will have you laughing out loud!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We came across this traditional song that we believe majority of all adults today sang as children. So now we'd like to pass it on the children of today. This fun interactive song teaches great motor skills, listening and following skills. Grab the kids, turn up the volume and join in the fun together.



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Editor's Note: This is a beautiful video that speaks to the heart of our hopes as parents. With beautiful graphics and gentle reminders, it offers a thoughtful pause and helps parents reconnect to love, compassion and presence with our children.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: After looking through quite a few kids Zumba videos we found this one to be the least intimidating. Kids can follow along, get some exercise all from the comfort of their living room. We did Zumba for a year and had a fabulous time. We had kids dancing right along side of us laughing and having a great time. We had so much fun we wanted to share Zumba with you.



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How much do you know about what your kids are doing online? Do you monitor their usage on their smart devices and on computers? Do you check usage or use filters to keep your kids from accessing information that might be inappropriate? Or do you just have honest conversations with under-age kids about smart online use?  


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Keeping kids safe online should be a top priority of parents in this day and age. This info graphic breaks down what social media platforms kids, tweens and teens like to use and how to keep them safe. Kids need parental super vision when it comes to the online world just like they do in the offline world. 



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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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