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 Mary Jo Rapini

When you reflect back on your childhood it’s likely you remember hearing these words at least once during your childhood, “You should be ashamed of yourself.” These words probably made you feel bad because you knew your parent was very upset and embarrassed or hurt by something you did...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: In this day and age this is the perfect article to guide parents on what not to do, on social media. Your kids are vulnerable and they need to be able to trust their parents more than any body else out in this world. If we shame or humiliate them, their self-esteem can have a negative ripple effect through-out the rest of their lives. So please, as parents, think before you type.


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"I would urge everyone who wishes to share their passions with children to explore or at least entertain the ideas that we each have a soul that is connected to all things. ~ Simon Paul Harrison ~ The Truly Alive Child

"If we want children to grow up experiencing deep peace, it really does not work to continually subject them to images of violence. I am simply making an observation of the outcomes that arise from certain choices and actions."
~ Simon Paul Harrison



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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW,

I am really enjoying my re-read of Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate’s book, Hold Onto Your Kids. In this book, they describe how children’s excessive attachment to peers sabotages their development. What our children really need, they say, is a strong attachment to their parents and other positive adults who can provide the invaluable support and apprenticing which help them fully develop and mature...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: In this article, I share some inspiration from Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate about attachment in the bigger picture of parenting. Then I share some practical ideas for reaffirming and strengthening your connections with your children, to keep them close. I hope you find it helpful!


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by Margaret Paul, PhD

As a parent, it is vitally important that you have a sense of passion and purpose in your life, separate from your children. And it is vitally important that you learn to define your own sense of worth, rather than making your children's behavior responsible for this...


Editor's Note: In this article, Dr. Margaret Paul, helps us remember that one of the most important aspects of parenting is modeling self care and happiness. Parents often find themselves becoming enmeshed with their children stemming from good intentions. Margaret clearly explains why this is ultimately unhelpful and why our own self care is supremely loving for our children!


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by Leslie Freeman

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and we had some hours to kill with the kids, so my husband and I walked over to the mall. We were strolling along and passed a stand for donuts before going up the escalator. Scott and I glanced at each other and without word went straight back down the other side of the escalator. Donut time...

Editor's Note: I really enjoyed this story of a mom's compassion and ability to hold space for her son while he had big feelings in a public place. I hope I can be this thoughtful and considerate when my daughter melts down in public!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We found one of the best parenting tips from Dr. Shefali on Oprah's Life class. There was no way we could not share this with you. Please take two minutes and listen to this. Maybe even listen twice and let it really sink in. This a vital conscious parenting tip. Enjoy the video and enjoy raising your kids!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We stumbled upon this very funny and cool video about trees and plants being able to hear, smell and feel. We have done a lot of reading on this subject the past 30 years and loved the quick information this short 2.52 video provides the public. We are full believers!


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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

Children are sometimes very intune and open to other realms. They often see their guardian angels or other spirits nearby. It is important to listen to them when they express an interest to talk about these topics with an adult...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Part of conscious parenting is parenting with an open mind. We ask you to be willing to listen to your children when they talk about things or connections that may sound and be out of this world!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Video Description From The Chopra Well: Many children and teens struggle with body image. Mallika, Dani, and Cara discuss ways parents can foster positive self-esteem in their kids.* Obesity, eating disorders and plastic surgery are just some of the topics discussed in this episode.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: We hand picked this delightful video for you. It is such a fun educational video about our solar system, it teaches about each planet and their elements with a catchy tune. Sing this with your children, they can't help but learn from this video.


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by Steve Olsher

As a parent, there’s nothing we want more for our child, outside of being healthy, than for her to be happy, fulfilled, and live a life of contribution which adds meaningful value to others. 

But, how can you help facilitate this?...

Editor's Note: Helping our children connect to their purpose in life is one of our highest roles as mentors/guides in this world. We also avoid LOTS of unnecessary power struggles when we respect and listen to our children's souls to lead the way. Here Steve Olsher offers us some wonderfully specific and practical ways to help our child stay focused on how their light wants to shine in this world. Let us know what you think!


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Teaching your children how to align with their source energy is one of the best tools you could give them. This is a life changing universal truth. We encourage you to listen to this video over and over again until you become one with the message.


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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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