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What’s in a Name? By Dr. Allan Hunter

Have you ever noticed how children of all ages love to write their names? They do it over and over again on the covers of their school books – not just once. They love to practice signatures in different ways, too, to see which one appeals to them most, and they love (and sometimes hate) nicknames. Copying a signature isn’t always done in order to forge a hall-pass! What’s actually happening is that the young person is trying out various ways she wants to use to present herself to the world, and a ‘cool’ signature is one way of doing that.

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What Your Preschooler Learns by Playing by Dr. Caron Goode

Children learn by playing. Whether it be blocks, puzzles, or the creation of an imaginary world. Fun and games teach. Child development experts have targeted six specific areas that benefit from play. As your child’s first teacher, it is important you understand what he is learning when he plays. To do this observe him. Try to determine what skill he is practicing. Then take it a step farther by creating other opportunities for him to apply what he is learning.

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Parenting with Passion: Do What You Love The Children Will Follow by Dr. Lara Honos-Webb

What’s a mama to do with so many parenting philosophies to choose from and activities available to keep your kids up to par? You can’t possibly take your child to swim lessons, music classes, soccer games, and boy scouts every single week. In regards to parenting philosophies, most parents come up against the debate of attachment parenting vs. mainstream discipline. There is no right answer to these questions.

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Mindfulness Meditations for Moms – Healing Light by Jeannine Proulx

Mindfulness Meditation for Mothers uses the sounds and images of nature with the intuitive guided meditations from Jeannine Proulx to instantly calm, refresh, and rejuvenate your spirit in those few precious moments between work, kids and car pool. The sounds and images of Michigan skies bring you healing focus into the changes you might be going through today with Healing Light, Mindfulness Meditation for Mothers, refreshing you in just minutes!

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Spoiling Children: The 7 Myths by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Myth #1: You will spoil your baby if you handle her too much. You should let her cry sometimes.

Reality: You cannot spoil a baby. Babies need to be touched, squeezed, coddled, and held. Babies cry because they are hungry, sick, wet, messy, or desire attention. Pick up your baby and hold her. Do it as often as you like.

Myth #2: Kids should not grow up believing they can have anything they want.

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Nurturing and Nourishing our Children’s Souls by Gina Mazza

As a mom, my imperative is to nurture and nourish these little souls who incarnate to learn and grow—and to suffer, because we cannot learn without this part of life. It’s emotionally challenging at times, knowing that our job is not to save our children from all pain. Yes, we protect their health, safety and well being but we cannot deny them the experience of the completeness of the circle of life, which includes joy and sadness, highs and lows.

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Autism, Allergies and Gluten by Dr. Diana Fatayerji

Can eliminating certain foods from the diet improve autistic symptoms such as social withdrawal, repetitive behavior, communication difficulties, anxiety and hyperactivity? Most parents know that what they feed their children affects them in one way or another. Foods and chemicals do not just affect the digestive tract. They have a direct impact on our mood, brain and behavior.

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The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need by Chick Moorman & Thomas Haller

Are you tired of listening to whining, put-downs, excuse giving, back talk, exaggeration, interrupting, teasing, gossip, or other unproductive behaviors on the part of your children? Have you had your fill of watching them talk with their mouth full; use their hands instead of silverware to eat; hit or kick siblings; waste material; or leave their belongings scattered around the house? If so, the One-Minute Behavior Modifier is for you.

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The Spiritual Principles of Parenting Part 5 The Ascendant Principle – Your Child’s Ethical Being by Dr. Connie Kaplan

The ethical body’s principle is the one designated by the degree of the rising sign in the natal chart. Depending on the latitude and longitude of the location of a birth, and the exact time of the first breath of an individual, a specific spiritual energy was peeking up over the east horizon. That energy, that principle, it turns out influences that individual’s ethical behavior throughout his or her life. It’s important to know as exactly as possible the correct birth time for your child in order to get an accurate degree and sign reading for the ascendant.

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Empowering Our Girls in Their Coming of Age by Brenna Smith

Just a little over two years ago, I sat in my kitchen watching Emerging Women live-stream. For three days, women like Brene Brown and Eve Ensler took the stage to share cutting edge research, personal and professional stories of inspiration, triumph, pain and loss, with authenticity, honesty and vulnerability. They told their Truths about their own journeys, what it looked like through the lenses of their own careers, from the corner offices to creativity and motherhood. Talk about a revolution.

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An Aromatic Valentine by Steffany Kaminski

Using scent to express ourselves can feel very primal. Different fragrances offer different experiences. Are you feeling carefree and romantic? Light herbs and citrus can express this, while deep sensual romance can be found in richer oils such sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang, rose, and geranium. Remember scent is personal so find ways to play with it so that you and your partner enjoy them.

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Connecting With Your Teens by Dr. Allan Hunter

Teens are legendarily somewhat reluctant to engage in activities with anyone except their immediate peers, so the question as to how to get them interacting with you in a meaningful way may seem like a tough one. Parents tend to despair at trying to talk to the child who, only a very few years before, seemed to tell them everything. That’s the cliché, at least. I’m not convinced that teens are always that difficult to communicate with.

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Sizing Up – Why Are Our Kids Getting So Fat? By Dr. Diana Fatayerji, M.S., Ph.D.

Most of us are aware that the incidence of childhood obesity has increased. Is this something we should be concerned about? As parents we face concerns for our children over alcohol, drugs, sex and bullying. Does obesity merit the same concern? Obesity is associated with a wide variety of health problems. These include diabetes, stroke, heart disease, breathing difficulties during sleep, gallstones, osteoarthritis, cancer, and a reduced life expectancy. In addition, obesity impacts emotional health through low self-esteem and poor social life. With these statistics it is obvious that changes are needed. However, weight management is never easy and it can be a very emotive subject.

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The Critical Role of Imagination in Childhood Development by Dr. Caron Goode

Imagination is a potent ingredient that we as busy parents often dismiss and brush aside as mere childhood play. But imagination is a critical component to learning—one that serves as the foundation for a host of necessary life skills. Self-dialog is a component of imaginative play that helps children learn to overcome obstacles and master the art of self-regulation. Unstructured imaginative play also serves to round out a child’s whole-person development.

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Guilt Tripping: A Harmful Destination by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Larry and Corrina Johnson took their children on a trip this summer. No, they didn’t visit Mt. Rushmore or the Grand Canyon. Fenway Park, the Field Museum, and the Mackinaw Bridge weren’t part of the itinerary either. In fact, the Johnson family never left home. The trip their children experienced took place at the kitchen table. They received a full-blown, all-expenses-paid guilt trip delivered by Larry Johnson and lovingly supported by his wife, Corinna.

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How to Become an Advocate for Your ADHD Child by Lara Honos-Webb

Once you have determined that you child does have ADHD, it is important that as a parent you become an advocate for your child. You need to ask your child’s teachers what they can do to support your child. Adjustments in the classroom can make big differences in your child’s performance at school. Additionally, your child knows if you have her back or not. Knowing you are going to bat for her, will give him or her more motivation to achieve.

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The Spiritual Principles of Parenting Part 4 The Moon Principle – Your Child’s Mastery by Dr. Connie Kaplan

This month we are going to discuss the principle that influences your child from so deep within his or her being, that it practically “defines” the child’s beingness. Every family which has more than one child recognizes that each child is unique from the moment of birth. This difference is so deeply embedded into the child’s personality that it’s hard to define, but easy to see and experience. According to the teachings of The Invisible Garment, this profound individuation is because each child has a mastery principle – a deep knowingness or wisdom – that is distinctive. That mastery can be understood by examining the child’s moon principle.

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Shoes That Don’t Fit by Mariaemma Willis, M.S.

Would you force your child to wear shoes that don’t fit? Then why force an education that doesn’t fit! That is what’s happening to hundreds of thousands of school children every day. And those in private schools or homeschooling programs are not automatically better off. As long as children are forced to use a traditional textbook/workbook curriculum without any concern for their learning styles, they might as well be wearing shoes that are too tight, or so loose that they trip over them. An education that doesn’t fit is as painful, or perhaps even more painful, than ill-fitting shoes—after all, an ill-fitting education can scar a child for life.

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Intuitive Aromatherapy: The Power of Self Care by Steffany Kaminski

So often I hear my clients say they will start a strict health regimen the second week of January. They indulge, binge, or do nothing at all to prepare them for the real change they are seeking. Fine tuning these changes and making them accessible all year and part of your routine is when real change happens. Even during the most stressful times of our lives there are always a few things we can be doing for ourselves to restore some peace, free the mind, and take care of ourselves.

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Parenting Begins Before Conception: Karmic Relationships Part 2 Love: Transforming Karma by Carista Luminare

All parents will have moments and days when they are reactive with their children or other family members. Changing our patterns can be a lifetime process, especially because some of our reactions originate in the unconscious. But parents will benefit themselves and their child by working toward consciousness and accountability…

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The Mozart Effect: Metamusic, Memory, Sleep & Learning By Dr. Barbara Bullard

Aside from all the health habits that can be established for solving bedtime battles, the HemiSync™ and Metamusic™ creations of the Monroe are excellent holistic sleep-aids. Not only do they promote more restful and efficient sleep during use; they also create new neural path- ways that train the body and mind to be able to induce its own natural sleep state…

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Midlife Crisis Begins in Kindergarten with Labels Like ADD/ADHD, Slow, Dyslexic, Average, and Even Gifted by Mariaemma Pellulo-Willis, MS

Did you know that midlife crisis begins in kindergarten? Yes, it’s true! It is in kindergarten (and sometimes in preschool!) that our society begins the process of teaching children that they are not smart enough, not quick enough, not working to potential, not high enough on the bell curve, not as good as the next guy… just plain not measuring up!

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Teaching the Law of Attraction to Children By Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman

As more adults find personal meaning in the Attraction Principle, they will in turn help more children make the connection between thoughts, emotions and the results which follow. To that end, we offer the following guidelines to consider when teaching the Attraction Principle to the important children in your life..

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What Your Children Can Teach You – If You Let Them Part 2  By Dr Allan Hunter

In Part 1 I suggested that young children of five or less, most of whom are in the Innocent archetype – can teach us important lessons about love, forgiveness and being fully present. They certainly can teach us other things, too, especially about creativity. For example, give a child of five some crayons and paper and you know what will happen. The child will draw and scribble happily until the crayons are removed from her fingers…

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Aromatherapy for a Mindful Holiday by Steffany Kaminski

Keep in mind that giving an experience is often more memorable than giving a material gift. For families, try memberships to the museum or the zoo. For a significant other or dear friend try the Opera, Symphony, or Rock Climbing lessons. Again, it’s about the experience it creates. Get creative, really look into the heart of the person you are giving to and nourish their interests or introduce them to something brand new that they would never have done alone…

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Dyslexia? ADD? Or Simply Poor Vision? By Dr. Diana Fatayerji

Vision problems can lead to poor performance at school as well as behavioral problems and poor social interaction. If any of the necessary visual skills are not working then your child has to work harder to keep up with the rest of her class. Children who have poor visual skills can experience great difficulty in school, especially in reading. This often results in headaches, fatigue, squinting or rubbing of the eyes, avoidance of close-up work and a short attention span…

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The Spiritual Principles of Parenting Part 3 The Sun Principle – Your Child’s Primary Gift by Dr. Connie Kaplan

As you probably know, when someone approaches you at a party (in California at least) and says, “What’s your sign?” they’re asking what zodiacal sign the sun was in on your birthday.   If that person were familiar with the invisible garment system he would more likely ask, “What’s your sun principle?” He would be asking, “What’s your primary gift to the world?”

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The Psychology of Pregnancy: Birthing Yourself as a Mother by Dr. Lara Honos-Webb

There are many reasons that a woman’s relationship with her own mother takes on central significance during pregnancy. To the extent that a woman has a negative image of her mother it will lead to disturbance in self-image and one’s confidence in one’s capacities to become a mother. Women who are disconnected from their mother will be at risk for an impaired capacity to develop a coherent identity as a mother…

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Raising Intuitive Children by Dr. Caron Goode

Intuitive kids learn through feeling like other children learn best through looking or listening. They are attuned to their inner rhythms and seem out-of-synch with the rest of their peers. They are creative, entrepreneurial children, influential networkers, friendly, and even charismatic. On the other hand, they have challenges presented by their temperament. They appear more out of time than in time…

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Calling Time-Out on Time-Out By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Adults use time-outs with the best of intentions. They want a discipline technique that’s an option to sarcasm, ridiculing, yelling, or shaming. They prefer not to spank or use other forms of physical punishment to control their children. So they opt for using a time-out. They know it’s important to hold children accountable for their behaviors, and they use time-out as a consequence of the choice the child has made…

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Why End of the Year School Awards May Not Be a Good Thing By Mariaemma Willis, M.S.

It still brings tears when I think of how the rest of the children and their parents must have felt. I guess this teacher thought it was possible, and perfectly acceptable, for him to make the decision as to the future success and leadership abilities of these 6 and 7 year-olds. And, yet, this is when the seeds of success versus failure first get planted – very early in a child’s school career…

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Intuitive Aromatherapy – Using Your Inner Guidance for Healing by Steffany Kaminski

Using your intuition when choosing the right plant medicine can offer new profound healing experiences. here are so many ways to use plants to heal. Tinctures, extracts, teas, poultices, infused oils and vinegars, essential oils, and of course food. Becoming familiar with the ways plants can be used and why we use them in that form is very powerful, but for this article we will focus on essential oils.

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Why Micro-Moments Matter – Connecting With Kids by Maggie Dent

Many people talk about having quality time with their children and, while that is a good thing, it might only come around once a week — or once a month in our busy society. I am more inclined to recommend micro-moments of loving connectedness or building ‘love bridges’ which happen often, rather than just focusing on quality time created by an adult at a time convenient to them…

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What Your Children Can Teach You – if You Let Them By Dr. Allan Hunter

The archetype of the Innocent, so present in our young children, is the source of love, creativity, and forgiveness, and these are qualities that many parents have to relearn – if they ever relearn them – if they are to experience the fullness of life. In some ways the Innocent is what we all yearn to get back to…

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The Spiritual Principles of Parenting: The Soul – A Unified Field of Consciousness by Dr. Connie Kaplan

In the first article in this series, I asked a fairly provocative question: What if you had a document that described your child’s gift to the world? What if you could look at that document and know Who She Is. Would that change the choices you make in parenting this child? I think so.

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Parenting Begins Before Conception: Karmic Relationships Part 1 Carista Luminare

According to the ageless wisdom teachings, every physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual characteristic that comprises a personality is perfectly suited to its soul purpose. Within the law of karma, human beings that are brought together are often directed by the soul’s need to heal through a new relationship that is either similar to or different from one in a previous life…

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Mikki Willis – A Father’s Message That Crossed the World by Judy Julin

When award-winning filmmaker and cinema-tographer, Mikki Willis, posted a video of himself and his sons on Facebook, he had no idea that he was about to become a global sensation. Mikki’s video, with the message “How would you feel if your son chose this?” went viral, shared by millions around the world.

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The Spiritual Principles of Parenting: Participation Trophies for Parents? by Connie Kaplan

What if you had a document that described your child’s gift? What if you could look at that document and know Who She Is. Would that change the choices you make in parenting this child? I think so. This article explains why.

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Building Inner Resilience: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in Your Children by Linda Lantieri MA

The emotional lessons about cultivating inner strength that children learn from the adults in their lives are powerful and long-lasting. When adults ignore their children’s feelings, children come to believe their feelings are not important. Parents can play a key role in supporting their children’s emotional intelligence by encouraging them to be in touch with their emotional selves.

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Parenting Begins Before Conception: Your Childhood Wounds by Carista Luminare

From the moment you were born, you were a being with a complex cycle of changing needs and feelings. Even if you were fortunate to have parents who were committed to fulfilling your needs and caring for your feelings, you most likely have incurred subtle psychological wounds that may subconsciously affect your relationship with your partner as well as with your future child…

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Top 10 Tips for Parenting ADHD & Spirited Kids

1. Advocate for your child. This means you need to “spin” your child’s behavior to friends, family and teachers. Has your child’s antics been any worse than our leading politicians? Probably not. Imagine the spinmeisters on talk shows who try to get their politicians elected. Do the same for your child.

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Conversations with my Soul Self: Empowering Stories for Children Facing Everyday Situations by Anaya Carroll

My name is Emma. When I was about eight years old, which is a few years ago now, I was a fairly normal kid, except for the fact I couldn’t stand the way some of my clothes felt on my skin. This led to some rather spectacular emotional meltdowns, (some people called them tantrums, especially if they occurred in public).

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Are You Out of Your Mind? If Not Maybe You Need to Be by Chick Moorman & Thomas Haller

Many of us have been told to “think it through” or “give it some thought.”  This type of advice, delivered by well-intentioned parents, friends, or educators, isn’t always helpful. In fact, these suggestions often keep us stuck in our heads.

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Introducing Meditation to Children by Sarah Wood

Children grasp far more easily that a feeling can have color or that they can taste something without ever putting it into their mouths, because their imaginations allow for such experiences in their everyday world. They don’t have to be told that they can feel energy flowing through their bodies…

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5 Ways To Tell If Your Child Has An Extraordinary Teacher by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Extraordinary teachers set up situations in which children choose and create for themselves the results of their own actions; for example, “If you choose to bring your permission slip back on Monday, you will be choosing to go on the field trip with us…

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The Biology of Belief – Parents as Genetic Engineers by Bruce Lipton, PhD

Research reveals that parents act as genetic engineers for their children in the months before conception, and that what is going on in the lives of the parents during the process of genomic imprinting has a profound influence on the mind and body of their child.