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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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: With Summer upon us we thought this is the perfect teaching video to learn about city birds and what they sound like. It's important to teach your children about nature the creatures we all share the planet with.



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Editor's Note: A beautiful video demonstrating the Montessori tools for babies. Perfect ideas if you have a young one in your family or on your gift list for the holiday season.

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by Dr. Laura Markham

Parents often tell me they don’t know where to begin to have a “real” conversation with their child.  These questions will get you started.  Rather than badgering your child with them, use one as the jumping off point for a two-way conversation...


Editor's Note: Beautifully constructed conversation starters to inspire a whole new level of connection among families. Going beyond just small talk, Dr. Laura Markham provides some great topics that are incredibly relevant and interesting to inspire you and the discussion around your dinner table tonight.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We feel its so important to teach children the importance of being connected, being apart of and taking care of nature. This delightful video by Kiddopedia features multiple forest critters and their sounds. A thrill for children that don't have access to a zoo or that live in a city. Its also good for children who live or camp in the forest to be aware of and know the animals that live around them.



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by Dr. Nadine

Hello and thank you for reading another edition in the sugar series. This article addresses ways on preventing a sugar habit, especially while raising children. Heartfelt thanks and humble gratitude go out to each of you who contributed to this offering of possible solutions for others to explore...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Are you trying to start new eating habits with your family? Break away from sugar addictions? Need ideas on how to take control of the sugar addictions within your family consciously and unconsciously? This is the article for you. Dr. Nadine regularly writes nutrition articles for our parenting audience. This is one of her latest articles. We think you will really enjoy this. It is packed with helpful, useful information.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Adeline is an adorable 4 year old who gives a presentation on how to make a "pinky dinky smoothie." We just fell in love with this video and were inspired to make our own smoothie and we hope you are to.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Cathy & Todd Adams from Zen Parenting Radio beautifully present both sides of over or under scheduling your child's summer activities. They have great parenting tips included on all their radio shows. Worth taking the time to listen to.


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by Teacher Tom

Yesterday as Jody and I played with our plastic farm animals, he began to tell a story about the horse he was holding. It was, according to him, squashed by one of our cardboard blocks and "got dead." He told the story several times in a row, not seeming particularly emotional, narrating events in an even, matter-of-fact tone, using more or less the same words each time...


Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: Last week I was at a library story time with my daughter and we sang the song "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" but at the end of each verse when it's supposed to go "perhaps she died" the librarian changed it to "oh my oh my." I was not happy...


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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting

Teaching children gratitude is all about their attitude but more importantly it's about the parents attitude and the mirror image they portray to their children and the rest of the world to see. Gratitude is such a brilliant gift that has been bestowed upon us if we choose it.



Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Gratitude opens doors and feeds our souls. It's so important for parents to demonstrate and teach their children how beneficial this life skill is. The invisible vibration and feelings of the words and frequency of being thankful from the smallest to the biggest experiences. Whether it's winning the lottery or having a butterfly land on your hand, it's all special and beautiful. Getting in touch with the vibration of gratitude fills your children with emotional rewards.



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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW

Today, I offered Maya a bite of my sandwich so she could try the sauce.  She made a face that looked like ‘I don’t want to,’ but she didn’t say anything, so I said, “Oh you don’t have to.”  She laughed and said with confidence, “I know I don’t have to take a bite if I don’t want to!”  Beaming a bright smile, she reflected further, “because why would I have to?!?”  She giggled at how silly the idea of her having to do something against her will was...


Editor´s Note from Sylvia Poareo: I love sharing some of the ways my daughter shows me over and over again how powerful our own authentic sense of power is.  I am grateful for her example that is an example to all of us!


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by Laura Markham, PhD

Parents often ask me how they can de-stress and stay calm with their kids. I highly recommend the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. It couldn't be simpler, and takes almost no time. There are no side effects. It becomes more effective over time...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: I have long used EFT for myself and my children with great results. Here Dr. Laura Markham provides a wonderfully easy to understand explanation of the process. I highly recommend using this simple yet highly effective tool on a regular basis to help yourself and your child let go of any fears or anxiety. Let me know what you think and/or how it works for you and your children!


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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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