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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by Marcy Axness, PhD

Imitation is the young child’s primary form of learning, which is why one of my first bits of guidance to parents coming to me for counseling is to cut down by at least 50% the sheer number of words they say to their young child. Children learn from who we are and what we do far more than from what we say. And credible leaders don’t yammer on and on...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: This is the first part of Dr. Axness' wonderful article. As someone who is passionate about supporting mothers in their emotional self care, I was thrilled to read this article! I say it over and over again, but here is wonderful support for the truth that a "happy, relaxed, and nurtured mom equals a happy, relaxed and nurtured child." It is in your child's best interest to get all the support you need!


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Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: I enjoyed both the laughing moments as well as the sweet pauses of this video. It is so tender to see them communing with each other!

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by Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom

Well, temper tantrums are indicators that something is out of balance, not only behaviorally, but probably physiologically.  And since symptoms are the key to choosing the proper homeopathic remedy, then this aberrant behavior can actually become useful in addressing the underlying cause...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We have used homeopathic remedies for our families for many many years. When we heard of Joette Calabrese we knew we had to approach her to write something special for our parenting audience. She does a great job breaking down key homeopathic remedies every parent should have in their medicine cabinet.


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by Sylvia Poareo, MSW

A parent’s self care is often a missing piece in parenting advice.  We need to be as loving and respectful to ourselves as we are with our children.  Therefore, when addressing whining and complaining, we must strike a balance between attending to underlying feelings AND setting loving boundaries to avoid negative behavior and communication patterns...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Whining and complaining is one of the most annoying challenges parents face...and yet we often unconsciously reinforce it. In this article, I share a personal experience with my son and offer the reminder that an invaluable part of parenting in challenging situations is being self-loving.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: This is the perfect art activity that is going to require parents to do most of the project. Worth every second. Cost pennies to make. You might have most of the stuff laying around. This would be a cute edition to your picnic table. Some children would love this for little night-lights in their room or add it to the back seat with them while driving around at night in the car.


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by Sheryl Paul, MA

As I was rocking my baby to sleep for his nap this morning several hours earlier than his regular nap time, I remembered my first weeks with Everest and how uncertain I often felt as a new mother. As sleep has always been one of our most challenging areas (with both boys), I often consulted The Books to see if I could glean a new tip that would help me help my baby to learn how to sleep...


Editor's Note: In this article, Sheryl Paul, M.A, explains how societal expectations can foster much anxiety and insecurity for mothers, and anyone involved in a huge life transition. She shares her wonderful insight on welcoming this and other life transitions with gentleness and self-acceptance.


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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten

ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting

A lot of children have the ability to stay in the moment, but if you have a child that has a hard time focusing and being present here are some tips.




Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: We recently completed our second book, this one is on conscious parenting. It is in the final editing stages. We wanted to share an excerpt with you on how you can demonstrate being in the present moment. Feel free to comment. We'd love your feedback.



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by Laura Markham, PhD

Scientists have found a way to predict which couples will end up divorcing: those who don’t insure that they have at least 5 positive interactions for every negative one. It turns out that maintaining this 5 to 1 ratio is effective insurance in every relationship, including between parents and children...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: If we could sum up the foundation of what creates positive parent-child relationships, interactions and future outcomes, it is our connection with our children! In this article, Dr. Laura reminds us how important prioritizing our connection with our children is, and offers many specific ideas on how to strengthen this connection. This is a wonderful article I re-read and recommend often!


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by Janet Lansbury

A toddler acting out is not shameful, nor is it behavior that needs punishing. It’s a cry for attention, a shout-out for sleep, or a call to action for firmer, more consistent limits. It is the push-pull of your toddler testing his burgeoning independence...


Editor's Note from Shelly Phillips: This is an excellent article about how to set clear boundaries with toddlers without resorting to punitive discipline. Filled with great reminders, this article will help you if you're confused about how to implement gentle discipline techniques.


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by Kathy Parra

What is dolphin reiki? How is it shared from you to another? And can anyone perform dolphin reiki? The word reiki, pronounced ray-kee, comes from the Japanese word rei, meaning a higher power, and ki, meaning life force energy. With dolphin reiki, the dolphins are the higher power...


Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: We have been huge avid fans of dolphins our whole lives. Kathy Parra's article grabbed our attention. Dolphins are here to aid in the healing and awakening of humanity. We fully believe in the power of dolphin energy and when you combine human and dolphin energy healings can take place.


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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Intentional Conscious parenting is a way of parenting with a focus on intentional parenting, connecting to mother earth, trusting our intuition, celebrating each child's uniqueness, giving your child the freedom to be themselves. It's a feel good video that breaks down what we feel is conscious parenting.


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by Joyce and Barry Vissell

Thirty three years ago I had an experience that powerfully changed the way I perceive and love my husband Barry. I have shared this experience only with Barry and a few friends. Today I want to share this gem of a story in the hopes that perhaps it can change the way you perceive your loved ones...


Editor's Note from Sylvia Poareo: Joyce and Barry's parenting book, Models of Love, always provides the inspiration I need to reconnect to my higher vision of mothering as a spiritual practice; opening to being a vessel of Divine love. In this personal story, Joyce shares a beautiful example of how remembering that our loved ones are our spiritual teachers, keeps us connected to our hearts and the higher purpose of family life.


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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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