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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Sherri Carter, MS
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 Rebecca Eanes

My firstborn is a highly sensitive child. I didn’t realize this fact until he was three, and I didn’t fully understand it until he was four and a half when I read Ted Zeff’s book, The Strong, Sensitive Boy. Without the knowledge and understanding of my son’s sensitivity, I disciplined him in ways that damaged his self-esteem and our bond. 

 

 

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: For those of you who have never heard of HSC, which stands for highly sensitive child this is a very informative article. Have you noticed a difference between your children and how they react to the way you discipline them? Do they take it very personal and carry it with them? Are they overly emotional? Please read this article. You will learn different techniques that set boundaries but don't harm your child inside and out.

 

 

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by Margaret Paul, PhD

In a phone session with Gerald, one of my clients, he expressed to me that he was feeling very sad about his son, Luc. Luc, 29 years old, was not doing much with his life, and Gerald was berating himself for how he had parented Luc...

 

Editor's Note: Great reminder that our children have their own path to discover and to allow them the space to do that rather than judge, criticize or take their accomplishments or lack thereof personally. 

 

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by Lori Lite

Reducing stress can be as easy as ABC for you and your family. This ABC list makes it fun for children to pick a letter, read, and implement a tip that will reduce stress for the day. When children step through the academic door to learning they also open Pandora’s Box of stressors. Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, or college. It is never to early or late to fill your child’s backpack with the ABCs of decreasing stress.Parenting expert Michele Borba suggests: Print this out and place on your refrigerator. 
  

 Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Lori Lite's article, ABC's of Decreasing Stress is just like her last name. It's light and fun. You can feel yourself relaxing as you read this stress free article. How fun would it be to turn these ABC words into a fun song and sing them with your young children?

 

 

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Editor's Note: Here is an inspring clip of how a mother contributes to her child's legacy in a unique and fun way for other children: Comic Book Drawing.

 

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by Simon Paul Harrison

The tools and techniques to support children in re-connecting with their birthrights of child-like wonder, love for learning and natural creativity are so simple yet so powerful. The difference that one individual can and does make for children is staggering. Everyone has these gifts to give...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: In the spirit of how this article is written, the possibilities of a new mindset of how we raise and teach all children could become a blueprint for a happier way of living. Simon Paul Harrison's book The Truly Alive Child For those who seek a grander vision for our children is a must read for any parent on a conscious parenting path.

 

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by Shelly Phillips, MA

Ever wonder why we have the impulse to rock babies to help them calm down?

Studies show that rocking, spinning and other physical movement through space helps children’s brain development and their ability to pay attention, by stimulating the vestibular (inner ear) system...

 

 Editor's Note: This is such a fantastic article providing a great insight into why it's so important to involve our children in movement.

 

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Editor's Note: Fun crafts to do with your kids in celebration of Valentines Day.

 

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by Shelly Phillips, MA

I think Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. My husband calls it a “Hallmark Holiday” but I still love Valentine’s Day because I’m all about the love. This may stem from the fact that I’m solidly a Type 2 in the Enneagram...

 

Editor's Note: Great ideas on how to share your love with those in your life.

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: As parents sometimes we forget how much our children are learning from watching us. They are little sponges watching our every move and expression. They feel the energy that we vibrate each and every second. They hear and mimic the words we say. So be sure to check in with yourself!

 

 

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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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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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