FAMILY & PARENTING
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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Sherri Carter, MS
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: The past twenty-five years both our families have raised our children with the mind set of intentional conscious parenting. This is not a new concept for us, it has been apart of our lives and our children's lives their whole lives. That's why we started our Intentional Conscious Parenting blog 4 years ago. So when we had the opportunity to be one of the first reviewers of Dr. Shefali's Book, The Conscious Parent back then we were honored to share her with our audience.

When we heard she was going to be on Super Soul Sunday in June 2014 we were ecstatic. The topic of conscious parenting to reach a global platform with Oprah Winfrey, the biggest in the world right now is a dream come true.

 

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by Shelly Phillips, MA

I know I’m usually sharing all sorts of ideas for activities with kids or ways to handle conflict lovingly, but today I want to talk about the importance of taking time AWAY from your kids...

 

Editor's Note: Sometimes we all need a reminder that getting away from our kids is important, normal and actually beneficial to ourselves and our relationships. I think this is especially beneficial for new parents who might need a reminder that it's important to get out, recharge and know that it's great to do so , without guilt.

 

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by Kathleen Boucher

Wouldn’t it be great if each child born on earth came with their own unique instruction manual? How valuable would that be? And yet for all the books written to help parents, I have not found any that discuss work ethic. But hold on. I can hear you saying,” Wait a minute we are doing the best job that we can...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten: There are so many tools we as parents want to instill in our children. A strong work ethic is one of them. Demonstrate to your children how to stand out in the crowd and go the extra mile! Kathleen does a great job in her recent article bringing this important but sometimes neglected topic to light.

 

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by Carol Lawrence & Stacy Toten,
ATH Asst. Editors of Family & Parenting

Whether you're a new mom, a seasoned mom or an empty nester, throughout the daily bump and grind of life it easy to forget how to take care of ourselves. Look at life closely. It's important that we take time to establish an emotionally involved creative space, allowing our self time to nurture and plug into our youthful inner child...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: It is so easy to get lost in a day to day routine and become stagnant forgetting who you really are and how important it is to take care of you. Without you being balanced and healthy you are not at your full potential. Here's some inviting ideas to begin nurturing yourself again.

 

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Editor's Note: I adore this video! My children and I dance walk all the time and yes...sometimes it's just me, with them giggling behind me. Either way, dance walking always brightens my day and has been a lifesaver in challenging moments! Hope it inspires more playfulness in your family life too!

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Watch Adam who is an awakened 8 year old little boy introduces his latest crystal grid, which he calls a "web" grid. Adam has taken the time to listen to what his stones are vibrating to him. He takes this information and creates healing grids. Grab your kids, this is a must watch video.

 

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by Jill Hope

Confidence is such an essential quality in living a happy, successful life. Confident people are more likely to ask for what they want, and tend to do it in a way that gets a positive response...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Self-esteem is a very important part in raising a confident functioning child, teenager and adult. It's up to us as parents to instill this characteristic in our children. That's why we wanted to share this article with you. It has some very good tools and tips to put to use that we personally taught our children. Jill Hope provides parents with numerous resources through her writing and courses. If you are needing help she is an excellent resource.

 

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Editor's Note: I recently attended a workshop with Susan Stiffelman and very much appreciated the way she breaks down parenting concepts into usable pieces. Here she gives some great examples of how to validate and connect with children's feelings before (or instead of) giving advice. I especially love the 'comic book' response examples!
 

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by Carol Lawrence

Penney shares some very powerful information surrounding forgiveness. She begins by sharing a quote from Joan Borysenko, "Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior, Nor is it a superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: Children sometimes assume the same limiting beliefs as their parents and take on their parents feelings and judgements as their own. Carol explores teaching children the ability to forgive and let go.

 

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by Shelly Phillips, MA

I knew there would be unexpected challenges when I became a parent, but there have been some things that have completely shocked me. Even though I’ve been a nanny, preschool teacher, and an older sister for most of my life, the innate ability of our darling child to wreak complete havoc on our lives still astounds me...

 

Editor's Note: Hilarious view of real life events that inspired these 4 particular rules. Shelly will make you laugh but most of all cause us all to relate to the wonderful yet weird world of being a parent.

 

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by Jennifer Laurent

Yesterday I found myself in a store having my reading glasses fixed. As I stood there waiting, I saw a pair of sunglasses that I fell in love with. I tried them on and of course loved them even more...

 

Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: If you are looking for an article to feed your soul this article is for you. Jennifer's genuine compassion and caring for the starving children in the world shines through. If this one doesn't touch you like it touched us there are millions of ways to give & help humanity that will feed your soul.

 

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Editor's Note from Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten: We felt this was a great video to share because it's so down to earth. It's a mom talking about her experience with her daughter. Lisa does a fantastic job showing how she uses shadow work to work through her own emotional issues brought to light by her daughter.

 

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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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