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

One of the best tools a parent or caregiver can teach a child is how to safely and proactively set up energetic boundaries with color. Everything is energy...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This article originally appeared in our Intentional Conscious Parenting newsletter. Due to such a great response we knew we just had to share it with you here. We have used these techniques for the last twenty-five years raising our children. We hope you find them helpful in your parenting process.


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by Laura Markham, PhD

Parents often ask me how to get along with their suddenly volatile preteen daughter.  It’s a shock when your previously sweet little girl starts tantrumming again.  Twelve year old girls can be moody, over-dramatizing, self-centered, focused almost solely on friends, close-mouthed, surly, back-talking and condescending to parents...


Editor's Note: As a mom of a tween daughter I am often faced with the difficult transition that she is in. Dr. Markham offers incredible insight and reminders of how to stay connected during this challenging period in life. I hope it offers you the same encouragement and new ideas to make your relationship stronger and more secure as they continue the process of growing up.


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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW

Here is a story about how children (and we) can use water to intuitively heal or destress, that I wrote after watching one of my favorite muses….


Editor´s Note from Sylvia Poareo: We try so hard to help our children with everything we can, and yet, they have their own journey. There are always places where we (often necessarily) fall short.  The good news is that they know how to heal and grow themselves.  Here is a story about a time my daughter helped me to remember this!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Aruna Kathy Humphrys is very experienced in teaching children yoga. She provides a simplistic blueprint for the ways yoga has inspired and helped children in schools, deal with divorce and emotional traumas. Children's yoga is a great holistic option for well-being.


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"When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand life."

~John Lennon



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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This is a short but very powerful video worth watching several times in a row over and over to let his message sink in.


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by Shelly Birger Phillips, MA

I’ve had a few parents asking me about how to transform sibling rivalry so today I want to share an idea of something very specific and powerful that you can do to go from tension, fighting, and frustration to peace, love and happiness between siblings...


Editor's Note: Fun and thoughtful ways to inspire a more loving environment within the family.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Grab the kids and celebrate spring is here! Listen to this fun catchy tune that they can dance to and sing along with quite easily. A fun way to learn about the signs of spring.



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by Sherry Burton Ways

Feng Shui is a powerful tool to create a healthy, loving safe environment for children no matter what room they are in your home...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Sherry Burton Ways has written a great article on Feng Shui that is full of helpful tips and ideas for creating a healthy, allergen, clutter free energy flowing home. Sherry is an Amazon best selling author of, Feel Good Spaces: Decorating Your Home for the Body, Mind and Spirit. She wrote this article specifically for our parenting audience, so please enjoy. This is for you!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: We are so happy to announce our parenting book is getting closer to being released, it's currently in the editing stages. We are going to be sharing with parents highlights and regular parenting tips from our upcoming book. Here is our first conscious parenting tip.



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by Marcy Axness, PhD

This mental force that can change the brain, can certainly change the download of the mommy mind meld. What we hand down to our children as we parent is not simply a linear, one-for-one duplicate of ourselves, and that is where the stunning possibilities of parenting for peace lie: through refining our own consciousness we throw the door open on our children’s potential...

Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: This is the second part of Dr. Axness' wonderful article. In the first part of this article Dr. Axness describes the way babies naturally imitate their parent's emotional state and beliefs about the world. Here she gives many wonderful suggestions on how to heal and take care of ourselves to provide the models our children need. This article is a gem!


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by Marcy Axness, PhD

Imitation is the young child’s primary form of learning, which is why one of my first bits of guidance to parents coming to me for counseling is to cut down by at least 50% the sheer number of words they say to their young child. Children learn from who we are and what we do far more than from what we say. And credible leaders don’t yammer on and on...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: This is the first part of Dr. Axness' wonderful article. As someone who is passionate about supporting mothers in their emotional self care, I was thrilled to read this article! I say it over and over again, but here is wonderful support for the truth that a "happy, relaxed, and nurtured mom equals a happy, relaxed and nurtured child." It is in your child's best interest to get all the support you need!


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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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