FAMILY & PARENTING
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 are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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by Cheryl Tallman

Edamame and shitake mushrooms are two very common Japanese cooking. Edamame (pronounced ed-ah-MAH-may) are little green gems - packed with protein and loads of nutrients. Including Shitake mushrooms in this puree is a great way to introduce your baby to the distinctive taste of umami...

 

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by Vicki Scalzo-Savini

Review by Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten

Right from the very beginning when this adorable children's picture book arrived in the mail we were hooked. It just beams like a ray of sunshine. This book is filled with love and light...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: We really enjoyed reading and reviewing Vicki Scalzo's brand new children's book. The title says it all. Not only do the children get a gift of learning about their inner light, but they get to experience age appropriate pictures illustrated by their own peers. The elementary age illustrators will forever carry in their mind-set the inspiration and opportunity they had achieved at such a young age. This vibration will resonate within them long into their adulthood and hopefully help them realize the sky's the limit!

 

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by Sherri Carter, MS

There’s a lot of parenting advise when it comes to creating a nightly ritual of getting your children to bed, successfully. Baths, snacks, bedtime stories are usually part of those suggestions, and all good suggestions too. In our home, we’re not very strict on bedtime rituals, which in and of itself, is a ritual. Then, one day when I read something from the Dr. Wayne Dyer blog, a post from Sept 12, 2012, titled How Do You Sleep?...

 

Editor's Note: About a year ago, after reading a Dr. Wayne Dyer blog post, at bedtime, I started asking my then 4 yr old son what the favorite part of his day was. It’s been a beautiful, insightful addition to our bedtime routine.

 

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by Loren Buckner, LCSW

Many adults want to deny the significance of what happened to them when they were young and vulnerable. Others believe that they should "just get over" any problems they had as they were growing up. The truth is childhood is an important part of who we all are...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: We have really enjoyed working with Loren Buckner. She has a tremendous amount of parenting wisdom to teach about the emotional challenges of family life and how to deal with them. Upon reviewing her book and interviewing her we feel Loren is a great resource for the All Things Healing family and parenting community.

 

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by John D. Blomquist

Through a child’s eyes, many of the rights and freedoms some adults take for granted must seem quite constrained. Surely any three-year-old would be confounded by the “self-evident” truths of her unalienable rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness enunciated in the Declaration of Independence; and given how some big people interact with her, she might feel even less entitled to any of the specific rights and freedoms set forth in the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States...

 

 Editor's Note: Beautiful Child's Bill of Rights from dedicated father John D. Blomquist.

 

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by Kristina Chew
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Whether you’re honoring your dad in a waste-free way, cooking him something fresh and healthy to eat or just sitting down together to reminisce, here are some very cool dads — please note anyone else!...

 

Editor's Note: Great look at some very inspiring fathers who will amaze you!

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten:  Happy Father's Day! We wish to honor all of you stupendous fathers out there.

 

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by Cheryl Tallman

The original name of Thailand was Sukhothai, which means "Dawn of Happiness.” Without a doubt, sharing a Thai meal will bring this attitude of pleasure to your table. Preparing Thai food is quick and easy. Most recipes are cooked on a stovetop for a short period of time making Thai food ideal for weeknight dinners. Plus soups and curries can be made ahead of time, frozen and reheated for serving. Cooking a Thai meal will introduce your family to a new culture through a variety of flavors...

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by Carol Lawrence

Parenting is not an easy job but in my opinion it's the best job anyone could ever have. The children of today are the future of tomorrow. Today we have so many more tools available and so much more knowledge than when our parents were raising us. Such as the fact that our thoughts and emotions have a huge impact on our bodies...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Conscious parenting is really connecting with parents these days as they are searching for new and creative open ways to raise their children. We are thrilled to see this happening. We've been writing publicly about conscious parenting topics since 2009. Both of us raised our families in this manner when there was no conscious parenting resources to pull from. Here's an older article from the vault. We'd love your feedback and to hear your thoughts.

 

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by Dr. Laura Markham PhD

How much TV should your Toddler or Preschooler watch?  Are you ready?  None.  Really.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children under age 2 not watch any TV and that kids over age 2 be limited to an hour or at most two, daily, of quality programming...

 

Editor's Note: Shocking information regarding television and our children. While most of us have heard aspects of this before this article from Dr. Laura Markham shows us exactly how tv can affect our children. She also provides great alternatives to consider doing instead of electronic entertainment.

 

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by Andrea Ploehn

When children at an early age experience disappointment in communicating over and over again it significantly affects their confidence...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: By breaking through communication barriers Author and mother Andrea Ploehn has achieved some very powerful results in her parenting with her children through the use of sign language. She provides excellent examples on how to build confidence, avoid tantrums, and excel socially.

 

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by Yvonne Perry

Empathy and intuition gives us the ability to better understand how we are connected to other living things. It is a form of communication with others, nature, animals, and even higher or spiritual forms of life...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Yvonne Perry is high up on our list and one of our favorite authors, speakers and teachers. This article is filled with truth and parenting insight. She will never let you down on filling your spiritual tool box with the tools to deal with your emotional baggage, working with sensitive children and opening your mind to untapped parenting topics. Read away and enjoy!

 

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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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