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 Shelly Phillips, MA

I knew there would be unexpected challenges when I became a parent, but there have been some things that have completely shocked me. Even though I’ve been a nanny, preschool teacher, and an older sister for most of my life, the innate ability of our darling child to wreak complete havoc on our lives still astounds me...


Editor's Note: Hilarious view of real life events that inspired these 4 particular rules. Shelly will make you laugh but most of all cause us all to relate to the wonderful yet weird world of being a parent.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This is a cute fall fun science video that teaches why leaves are green and why they change colors in the Fall.



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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: "A Child Who Reads Will Be An Adult Who Thinks." ~ Author Unknown



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by Jennifer Laurent

Yesterday I found myself in a store having my reading glasses fixed. As I stood there waiting, I saw a pair of sunglasses that I fell in love with. I tried them on and of course loved them even more...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: If you are looking for an article to feed your soul this article is for you. Jennifer's genuine compassion and caring for the starving children in the world shines through. If this one doesn't touch you like it touched us there are millions of ways to give & help humanity that will feed your soul.


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by Genevieve Simperingham

A mother whose been doing skype parent coaching and counselling with me for a while recently recounted the story of a big upset that their family had and gave me permission to share it...


Editor's Note: Sometimes the only thing there is to do when our child is upset is just be there. Let them feel what they are feeling, acknowledge their emotions and wait. We can't always fix it, and that's okay. We must be there to give our children the tools they need to handle the ups and downs of life and let them know it's okay to feel disappointed and sad at times.


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by Sandra Fazio

A reader recently shared some of her thoughts and inquiries around her definition of boundaries as she was taught them and how she has shifted her perspective since reading and learning more about conscious parenting. I offered her some further insights below in case you find them to be mutually helpful as they have been on my own parenting journey with my 4.5 year old daughter.


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Is your parenting practices coming from old beliefs and habits learned from your own childhood or are they from coming from a place of self awareness and being in the present moment? Here's an article regarding boundaries and consequences with your parenting skills.



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by Leslie Freeman

I took my boys to the library on Friday. In the back there is a little room for kids – it has a rocking horse and a few toys. Koa (2) was delighted with the rocking horse and got right on. Another toddler was there too with her mom. She was clearly not thrilled that Koa was on the rocking horse...


Editor's Note: I can REALLY relate to this article about that strange feeling I get when my toddler doesn't display any social graces. I like Leslie's take on this. Sometimes a little bit of observation and verbalization of a best guess about a toddler's feelings is all that's needed to diffuse a tense situation between children. I'm left wondering why I often think things have to be so complicated. Simpler is better, especially with toddlers!


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by Sandra Fazio

In terms of our own adult life – we, like our children, interface in multiple relationships (via spouse or partner, co-workers, friendships, neighbors) and over time we grow inevitably frustrated with anyone of them and may even start to retreat. Why? Maybe our energies have been zapped, we are feeling more disconnected, there is lack of communication, a lot of egoic agendas on the table, no one is listening to us anymore and we are slowly pulling away from our authentic being.


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This article is great because it reminds us and gives us the tools to check inward with ourselves. If we don't check in with ourselves how do we realistically think we could be good role models as parents.



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"We will be like a whisper in your ear, or a knowing in your heart. Just close your eyes and talk to us in your thoughts -- then look and listen for answers. You know we are always there."

~Quote from the children's book Kai And The Magic Jacket.


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Editor's Note: Dr Neufeld reintroduces the importance of secure attachment between parent and child as the critical factor in parenting. For more information, please read his incredible book, co-written with Gabor Mate, called Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Matter More than Peers or watch the accompanying DVD.


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by DeAnna L’am

My Mom first put me on a diet when I was about 8 years old. None of my photos show an overweight girl, though I wasn’t skinny either. Rather, I was an average-weight girl with the body type of her Mom, and her Grandma, none of whom were scrawny...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Beautiful article written about a mindless parent not thinking about the outcome of her decision based on being caught up in the cultural diet craze and the effects it had on her daughter. To all of us parents, that's why we believe Intentional Conscious Parenting is so important! Everything we say to our children has effects and consequences no matter how mundane we may think it is.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Ever feel like you’re no match for your child’s meltdowns or conflicts in your personal relationships? In this video you’ll learn the best ways to practice conscious parenting and how staying centered despite outer chaos can actually be achieved.



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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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