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: This is a beautiful video that speaks to the heart of our hopes as parents. With beautiful graphics and gentle reminders, it offers a thoughtful pause and helps parents reconnect to love, compassion and presence with our children.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: After looking through quite a few kids Zumba videos we found this one to be the least intimidating. Kids can follow along, get some exercise all from the comfort of their living room. We did Zumba for a year and had a fabulous time. We had kids dancing right along side of us laughing and having a great time. We had so much fun we wanted to share Zumba with you.



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How much do you know about what your kids are doing online? Do you monitor their usage on their smart devices and on computers? Do you check usage or use filters to keep your kids from accessing information that might be inappropriate? Or do you just have honest conversations with under-age kids about smart online use?  


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Keeping kids safe online should be a top priority of parents in this day and age. This info graphic breaks down what social media platforms kids, tweens and teens like to use and how to keep them safe. Kids need parental super vision when it comes to the online world just like they do in the offline world. 



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by Nina Nelson

I was desperate to stay home with my kids and had the opportunity to do so, but first I had to reign in our spending and learn how to live on less than we made...


Editor's Note: Nina Nelson of Shalom Mama always has great tips for how to simplify your life and live more naturally. I have been following her blog for about a year now and she often has really great tips that I never would have thought of! This article inspired me to cut down on some of my household expenses and make my own, rather than buying expensive store brands of things like shampoo.


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by Lou Harvey-Zahra

The earth – helped by her two friends, the warm sunshine and tickling rain – grows the food that we eat to stay alive. The earth looks after us and we need to look after her. The earth is our home and holds treasures of life: plants, insects and animals! Our own garden is a wonderful and amazing place...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Lou states in Part 1 of her article, "As parents we need to ask the question: 'What legacy are we leaving for our children?' 'What about our children’s children?' No longer can companies and governments clear old growth rainforests, dredge the seas of all life, and pump toxic waste into our water ways, without a cry of 'no!' from protesters and protectors of our planet for the future generations." Again, in Part 2 she provides great ideas on becoming green and living a more sustainable life.


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by Sheryl Paul, MA

Last Wednesday, the day after Winter Solstice, Everest and I went out into the yard to check on our tree. The night before we started what we hope to be an annual Solstice ritual inspired by a beautiful book by Eve Bunting called “Night Tree.” It’s the story of a family who adventure out on Christmas Eve to search for “their tree...”

Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo:
Sheryl is a brilliant and tenderly soulful mother and counselor that always inspires me.  With a particular emphasis on the healing and renewal to be found in transitions, here she offers us a beautiful example of how to meaningfully celebrate Winter Solstice as a family.



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Editor's Note: The more media my children are exposed to the more I believe in becoming a television free home. What limits do you put on television in your home or do you even have a television?

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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting

The Hug Store By Shana and Rick Morrison.
When author Rick Morrison reached out to us to review his brand new children's picture book The Hug Store inspired and co-authored by his daughter Shana, we were delighted. This charming book is overflowing with LOVE. It fills an emotional need that all humans require. (((HUGS)))


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We recently had the honor of reviewing a brand new children's picture book called The Hug Stor.



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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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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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