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 Dr. Laura Markham PhD

Home, which once served as our refuge, is no longer a sanctuary for most of us.  We return home to a deluge of mail, bills, telephone messages and chores...


Editor's Note: Dr. Markham provides 8 great tips on how to make our homes a sanctuary. The simple goal of making our homes a place we can recharge and regroup after being out in the world can seem overwhelming, however Dr. Markham gives us great ideas that make it easily obtainable.  I found the idea of adding a water element to the house a great idea and will incorporate that myself soon.


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by Genevieve Simperingham

It’s a common problem in many families that the parent who has been caring for the child all day needs some space from their child when their partner returns, but the child rejects their returning parent and demands to be cared for by their stay at home parent.


Editor's Note: Genevieve reminds us that when a child rejects a parent who is returning home from work it isn't personal. She reminds us to relax, ease into the transition without reacting and allow for the adjustment to take place and offers great ideas on making this shift easier on everyone involved.


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by Sara Childre, from Institute of HeartMath
Cross-posted from

To help you step into the holiday spirit and remember its real meaning, I’d like to share a short video called “A Recipe of Care” with you; and then I’d like to share some tips on how we can teach our children to give with care and how giving can help their physical and emotional well-being...


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by Shelly Phillips

Thinking back to all the times when I was in a classroom or a house full of kids who were all running around and screaming their little heads off I suddenly remembered the one thing that turned yelling into quiet voices. I whispered...


Editor's Note: A great technique to use when you want to get your child's attention, especially when the noise level is high. I have used this technique in the classroom and it's amazing how quickly the room falls silent so that everyone can hear what you are saying.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: A Yoga instructor has a novel way of mixing the holiday spirit and Yoga practice for her kids class. You can tell by looking at the kids faces they are thoroughly enjoying this class. Yoga can provide children an inner peace that they can carry through out their life time.



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Editor's Note: A beautiful comparison of a variety of parenting styles through history as read by a 10 year old girl. Powerful and thought provoking this video will reinforce gentle parenting and the realization of how far we have come in raising our children.


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by Shelly Phillips, MA

Ahh, the joys of the holidays, we get to travel far distances and celebrate with people we may or may not like very much, all in the name of family togetherness.  Luckily for me, I adore pretty much everyone in my family, but I know that’s not the case for everyone.  And even though I love my family, the stresses of traveling with a baby are not something I’m looking forward to...


Editor's Note: Great tips and encouragement as we go into the holiday season!


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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW,

The other day, I was talking with a friend about her concerns for her daughter and all the “girl drama” she has experienced at school.  In my “past life” as a school social worker, I would have addressed the symptom, and discussed problem solving skills, self-esteem building tips, etc...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Thinking and getting out of the box is something I often recommend to parents. Here is an example of how doing so can free our girls to shine their authentic selves!


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by Beth Rhines

When I was a child, there was a young spruce tree in my yard. Its branches were thick with needles. I would get on my hands and knees and crawl through the branches towards the trunk of the tree. The poking needles were a small inconvenience, because just inside the perimeter the needles disappeared and what emerged was a protected space that became my special hideout...


Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: Outdoor play is so important to children! Find ways to incorporate outdoor play for your children. Being outside helps children to connect to the importance of nature, physical activity, while also nurturing creativity of outdoor play.


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by Laura Markham, PhD
Many children experience the holidays as a time to create lists of all the material goods they covet, and toy companies spend fortunes on TV ads designed to induce cravings for more, more, more in our children. It’s our job as parents to protect our kids from this assault. Instead of excessive presents – which always leave kids feeling unfulfilled -- fill your child’s deep longings with family connection...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Dr. Laura wisely states that although children clamor for presents and candy this season, ultimately what enriches their lives are not material things. Instead, she offers us a number of enjoyable and alternative ways to capitalize on the holidays as a time for meaningful action...


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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting

Each color has it's own purpose. Colors can be used for balancing, grounding, healing, protection and connecting to source energy. Colors effect moods and emotions. Ancient Egyptians used colored panes of glass in their roofs. When the sun shined through the colored glass they would sit in the colored healing rays. Now days we have special lights that produce similar effects.


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Humanity is moving out of the mind and more into a feeling, sensing and knowing experience. Children are very aware of this. They feel, sense and know their way through life. They also know what some healers know. The use of color is a very powerful way to heal, balance and connect. Here are some tips on incorporating colors into your parenting to enhance their children's well-being.



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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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