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 Erin Taylor

Yes, you read that right. I was hit by a drunk driver last night. Thank God I walked away without a scratch, but needless to say, it was pretty scary...

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: In the middle of turmoil when someone could really loose it, Erin Taylor shares her experience and puts her life skills to use. This is one licensed therapist/parenting coach who practices what she preaches.


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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW

I am astounded at Christmas time, how much talk there is about being “good or bad,” “naughty or nice.”  At first I edited books while reading, skipping over those parts in stories I read my children.  I even deleted the above song from our Ipod.  But there is no escaping these messages at Christmastime!  As we bring up songs and traditions from a different stage of our human development, we are often also bringing up old forms of control...


Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: What a perfect article by Sylvia. Sylvia adds, "As a family, we enjoy focusing on the theme of light in the darkness during the winter holidays. Here is an article where I share some ways to avoid the indirect negative messages children absorb at this time of year, and emphasize the playful and loving (light) aspects of celebrating Santa.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This cute little video promotes healthy eating in a fun whimsical fashion. It provides education by singing about apples and bananas while teaching your toddlers about their vowels. Have fun singing and dancing along with your young children.

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by Catherine Just

I’m writing this while I am listening in to an online webinar. Why am I multitasking? Well the content is really interesting, but one of the hosts just had an experience fumbling around trying to figure out how to run the webinar, and she apologized to us by saying, “Oh, I’m so retarded.” My heart sank...


Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: Let's join Catherine and everyone else working to "Spread the Word to End the Word." The "R" word is just as hurtful to people with mental disabilities as any other slur. I love this article by my friend Catherine who happens to be a mother of a child with Down's syndrome. I am inspired by how dedicated she is to advocating for her son and making sure he knows that he is perfect exactly as he is. Hooray for love!



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by Ian Hawkins

A very good friend of mine was recently telling me a story about his family and how he and his wife had changed their outlook on their life and that of their family. They were heading in a direction they didn’t like, one they were all too familiar with. And so they made a crucial decision – IT ENDS HERE...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We are excited to introduce you to an author for dads, Ian Hawkins. We are happy to share his male conscious parenting perspective with our parenting community. Here's one of many of his parenting articles. You can read more at his website. Enjoy!


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by Ian Hawkins

I had an interesting conversation with my daughter a while back. I was apologising for speaking to her with angry eyes and she said something so simple to me, and yet so powerful. “Dad, I don’t see any anger in your eyes, I only see kindness...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Sometimes parents don't stop long enough to acknowledge how important their parenting role is. Ian Hawkins wants you to pause and give yourself some credit where credit is due.



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by Erin Taylor

Connection and Kindness: The Key to Changing the World Through Parenting

Leaving the grocery store this morning, I noticed a mom holding the hands of her two young children as she waited to cross the parking lot to get to her car...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This article really resonates with both of us as we feel we practiced this type of patience and used our parenting skills to not take our child's reactions personally. We did get up at restaurants, we did take them on walks, changed out toys, worked with the situation. How many of you relate to Erins experience she describes in this article?


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: Many of you know Dr. Wayne Dyer transitioned from the physical realm to the spiritual realm recently. We personally were greatly impacted by his wisdom. His knowledge will go on teaching humanity millenniums to come.


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by Shelly Birger Phillips, MA

Parenting is one of those topics that we all feel very strongly about. I mean, our kids and their well-being is at stake, right? So, of course we’re going to be opinionated about what’s OK and what’s not OK. The problem with this is that it alienates other moms who, after all, are just like us, trying to do their best to care for and support their kids...

Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: Let's all have more compassion for one another. After all, we're all doing our best for our kids!


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by DeAnna L'am

Do you feel in Balance right now?

When we Look at nature, balance is an ever-shifting, waxing and waning dance…


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Anyone who has ever pondered what a solstice or an equinox are really about here's a great article by DeAnna L'am that breaks it down and puts it all into perspective. We couldn't help but give gratitude once again to mother earth for her selflessness that she consistently gives to us spiritual beings having a physical experience.


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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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