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BOOK EXCERPT: Now You See the Sky by Catharine H. Murray

Now You See the Sky is a memoir about love, motherhood, and loss. When Catharine H. Murray travels to a small town on the banks of the Mekong River to work at a refugee camp, she falls in love and marries a local man with whom she has three sons. When their middle son is diagnosed with cancer at age five, their pursuit of a cure takes them from Thailand to Seattle, before they eventually return to Thailand, settling on a remote mountaintop.

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BOOK EXCERPT: Dissolving Toxic Masculinity – 9 Lessons for Raising Boys to be Empathetic, Compassionate Men by Thomas Haller

Some parents attempt to avoid talking with their children about sexuality as long as possible. Others freeze-up when it comes to answering sex-related questions. The bottom line is this— sex and sexuality is a topic that your children want and need to know about. Children are going to obtain sexual information somewhere. Do you want to leave your child’s sexual education to television or to their peer group?

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How to Nurture Creativity in Our Children (and Ourselves) by Barnet Bain

Did you know that 98% of three-year-olds tested at brainstorming ideas, register as ‘creative geniuses?’ By age 25, that number is 2%.  It’s depressing, but true. By the time a child is ten years old, he or she has an imagination structured by tens of thousands of messages and inputs, all reinforcing the lie that self-worth can be found through the games and products one engages, and narrow conformity with one’s social group.  As a result, stress and alienation have never been greater.

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How Energy Transfers to our Children by Sue DeCaro

All the energy that we, as parents, bring to every situation and experience is energy that they often absorb. What kind of energy do we want our children to absorb from us? As our children are growing and learning, our response to them is crucial. Reflecting on my own experiences, I can remember when my children were young and they would fall and bruise their knee.

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936 Pennies: Depositing Social-Emotional Currency Into the Life of Your Child by Michele Royan, Jeff Morris & Dr. Gregory Spencer

What is the significance of 936 pennies or $9.36? 936 pennies represent the number of weeks that you have with your child from birth to the age of 18. Your 936th penny represents the day that your child walks across the stage and graduates from high school. The number 936 is important because EVERYTHING that you choose to do as a parent or caregiver, during this time in your child’s life, is what makes a lifelong difference.

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Two Peas in a Pot: 8 Kid-Friendly Activities for the Fall and Winter Garden Season by April Tucker

The end of summer typically marks the beginning of school for kids and sliding into fall harvests.  The slower pace of the fall and winter gardening season provides time to take a breath, take inventory, and take advantage of downtime to organize seeds, clean gardening tools for storage, and prep space for winter and spring crops. Here are eight activities you can enjoy with your child during the slow fall and winter seasons:

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The Under-Acknowledged Role of Parental Relationships by Allan Hunter

Parenting has many aspects to it and no one ever gets it right all the time. Yet there is one aspect that gets overlooked that is the key to the whole thing. And that is: how the parent deals with other adults, especially the spouse (if there is one). Your attitude is the vital component.

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The Hero’s Journey of Optimal Childhood Development Part 2 by Zachariah Fisher

This story has been told in a myriad of ways over eons of time. Purity, love, magic, play, wonder, creativity ripped out of an innocent child’s chest. Appraisal, rankings, moving up the proverbial ladder becoming the holy grail of achievement. A child’s flow state getting squandered under the heavy weight of expectations.

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Dads & Daughters – Game Day: The 360º View by Rick Morrison

The aerial footage from the Blimp offers a perfect and complete view of the stadium’s activities both inside and out. I thought of the implications of “becoming my own Blimp” in my thinking and viewing events, both inside and outside of my own parenting bubble. Inside my Dad bubble might be very different perspective when viewed from a larger more expansive place.

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Diary of a College Girl Part 2 by A.H.

This class got a little looser, which is fine by me because by the time Wednesday comes around I’m tired and I could use a bit of a change. So we got arranged into birth order groups, like Only, First Born, Second Born and so on.  We even had one kid who was a fifth born. He was kind of on his own so he got folded in with us second borns.

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The Curse of Parental Perfectionism by Nicola Haslett

I always wanted children, so when I found out I was pregnant with my first child I was completely overjoyed. I would spend hours during pregnancy simply daydreaming about what was ahead; the snuggles on the sofa, the joys of nursing, special family days out and the excitement of witnessing my child take his first steps, first words and so on. I felt truly blessed to be gifted a child in this lifetime and my inner perfectionist was well and truly determined to ‘get it right’.

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Making Sense of Sensory Processing by Erin Kelly-Allshouse 

Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (also previously known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction or SID) is a complex neurological disorder of the brain affecting one in 20 developing children.  Children with SPD interpret everyday sensory information in a vastly different manner than how a child without this condition would experience the same thing.

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Youth Learning Good Enough for a Duchess with Rev. Leon Campbell 

The Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles is renowned for its innovative Youth Learning Program—the same Youth Learning Program that England’s brand new Duchess enjoyed when she was a youngster attending Agape with her mom, Doria.

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Boundary Talk:  The Do’s and Don’ts When Teaching Children about Boundaries by Thomas Hallerby 

An easy way to understand boundaries is to think about your bottom line. What will or won’t you do or allow? A boundary is something you establish for yourself. You can’t establish a boundary for someone else. Physical boundaries involve physical closeness, touch, and intimacy. Emotional boundaries protect us from feelings of blame, shame, and ridicule that others may try to impose upon us.

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The Hero’s Journey of Optimal Child Development Part 1 by Zachariah Fisher

Eastern traditions teach us that innate in every human being is our unique blueprint seed and that our life is a journey to unlock the dormant treasures within it. In Sanskrit, the ancient sacred language of India, the word for this seed is dharma, translated as ‘purpose’ or ‘duty.’

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How Do You Teach Children to Respect Adults? By Mariaemma Willis & Victoria Hodson

H [/dropcap]ow do you teach a child respect? This is an interesting question that we often run into. Parents, teachers, and adults, in general, complain that so many young people do not speak respectfully to their parents and teachers.

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Taming the Teen Stress Monster by Maggie Dent 

While we all wrangle with stress daily, for our adolescents who are operating in the world with an immature brain structure, stress is hugely risky. I often liken the experience of being an adolescent to seeing the world through a cracked windscreen—things seem skewed and distorted. Often this means that well-meaning parental guidance is seen as criticism.

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18 Master Values – Be The Parent You Wish You’d Had by Christine Crockett Smith

At an Eckhart Tolle event in Huntington Beach, California, Michael Beckwith, the founder and spiritual leader of Agape International, said: “Between impulse and action, there is a space.” It became my new favorite thing. I mean, it’s the exact, perfect way to explain how each of us has control over our actions. All day. Every day

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Fostering a Sense of Self-Worth Within Our Children by Sue DeCaro

Growing up with a feeling of “value” and “self-worth” is important for all of our children. In my personal and professional experience, I have learned that many adults did not feel a sense of self-worth as children. What does this mean exactly, and how does this affect adulthood?

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Identifying Your Child’s Interactive Style and Emotional Connections by Dr. Caron Goode

Have you ever felt that you and your child speak different languages when it comes to tackling tasks? Do you think your children don’t hear you? When they cry or misbehave, do you understand what dynamic simmers below the surface behavior?

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Dads and Daughters by Rick Morrison

Men, the world needs your help to raise healthy, empowered and self-reliant young women. We need all the manly bravery and intellect you possess because fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life.

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Diary of a College Girl by A.H.

So, there’s this class I’m taking. The people in my dorm said it’s a whacky class but it’s great and I’d really like it. Not everyone in my dorm. Just the people I speak to. You know, my people.  Bea and Andy and Goo Goo. They’ve all taken it except Andy, but he talks to Bea a lot.

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7 Steps to Teaching Your Children to Trust Themselves by Trish Keiller

I left LA for Sacramento to present at a conference. In the rush to leave and get to the hotel for one night (which feels like a vacation when you have a two-year-old), I arrived only to find I was missing my shirt for the second day’s presentation. Ugh.

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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.

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Sleep and the ASD Child by Bill Nason

Difficulty sleeping is a very common problem with children on the spectrum. As many as 50% of children on the spectrum experience some difficulty sleeping. This can be a real problem for both the child and parents getting their needed rest. For the children, who already have fragile nervous systems, lack of sleep will compound any other difficulties (sensory, emotional, behavioral, etc.) they are experiencing…

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Is It Mental or Dental? How Your Teeth & Cranium Impact Your Looks and Health Part 1 by Raymond Silkman, DDS

Let’s evaluate what happens to our children or adults who have faces that are narrow and long, who have lower jaws that are not developed properly, or who have a profile view showing a very weak chin. What happens when we see jaws so narrow and small that the teeth are crowded and overlapping. What happens when the cranium is underdeveloped in various dimensions and the eyes are not level with one another?

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Is it Mental or Dental?  How our Teeth Can Affect our Health Part 2 by Raymond Silkman, DDS

Why mouth breathing causes weak chins, elongated faces, and dark circles and bags under your eyes. The TMJ and the Lower Jaw. When we look at the skull from the profile view we observe the temporo-mandibular joint, the TMJ. Most joints will go through normal hinge motion, and some of them like the shoulder and hip joint will have a rotational motion that is more complex. However, in these joints, the two bony members stay in contact with one another throughout the motion of the joint.

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Actually, There is Something Under the Bed By Michelle Cohen Part 1 by Michelle Cohen

Is your child afraid of the dark? Michelle Cohen has designed a simple yet effective protocol based on decades of experience working with concerned families whose children suffer from unexplained terrors. Michelle Cohen’s book, Actually, There is Something Under the Bed empowers children and parents alike. Through easy to follow and fun exercises, the family learns together that they have more command than they realized in any creepy circumstance…

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Actually, There is Something Under the Bed by Michelle Cohen Part 2: How to Handle Fear

These are some things you and your child can do before turning out the lights. Please note that they can also be taught and practiced during the day and then simply reinforced before going to sleep. First and foremost, everybody breathe. Breathe deeply. Breathe to the bottom of your toes and up through your entire body until you really feel yourself INSIDE your body…

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Actually, There is Something Under the Bed by Michelle Cohen Part 3: If Something Feels Wrong

A good way to assess if there is something out of alignment is to understand that no one out of human form can or will assist without being asked first. So if there is ever any voice or entity that hands you information or tells you things without you having asked first, that is a surefire way to recognize that something is amiss.

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THE PARENT COACH: Coaching Empathy To The Self-Centered Child by Dr. Steven Richfield

There is not a perfect guide to parenting or to be a perfect mom. Each mom or parent wants the best for their child. They would like to do their best in making their child’s journey smooth and easy, not realizing that what will make the child strong is whenever he is in a situation/problem, he learns to reason, question and come out with his own solutions.

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Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism by Dr. Temple Grandin

Many people with autism are visual thinkers. I think in pictures. I do not think in language. All my thoughts are like videotapes running in my imagination. Pictures are my first language, and words are my second language. Nouns were the easiest words to learn because I could make a picture in my mind of the word. To learn words like “up” or “down,” the teacher should demonstrate them to the child.

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How to Say I Love You With Meaning by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

“I love you” are three words all children need to hear often from their parents. Do you want those words to have real meaning to your child? Do you want them to connect one heart to another? Do you want to use these words to develop a level of intimacy in your family that communicates your heartfelt affection for your children? If so, consider strengthening I love you with the following suggestions.

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Healing ADD: Simple Exercises That Will Change Your Daily Life by Thom Hartmann

Yet people who have a different perception of the world from ours have interesting and often-valuable lessons to teach us. Particularly when we understand our differences, they can help us expand our experience of life in ways that may not otherwise have been available to us. Check out this simple test, and give it to a few friends, family, and your children. The results will open a window to, or tell you more about, or give you a better feel for yourself and those close to you…

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Celebrate Your Child’s Uniqueness by Mariaemma Willis

Celebrate the child you have. Don’t be regretful that you didn’t get a different one. Don’t be discouraged because the one you have would be wonderful, if only… Celebrate your child’s skills, accomplishments, and uniqueness. If you don’t celebrate them, neither will he. Infants and toddlers have different temperaments, different skills, and different needs for noise, quiet, warmth, sleep, food, etc. These differences are a child’s marks of distinction…

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Understanding Bullying in the Digital Age by Tisha Marina Bernard

There are new games that young people are playing through technology and sometimes they can be deadly. Students create mean or insulting rumors and spread it to as many people as possible. At the end, the rumor has been embellished and is most likely more cruel than when it started. This is a form of Cyberbullying, which is bullying or harassment online…

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Why Your Child Rebels & How To Nurture Their Healthy Will by Lion Goodman & Carista Luminare

Have you ever been dominated and controlled by another person? How did it make you feel? Did you want to push away from them or run away to escape their control?

This is a common feeling that many children have every day — because their parents are insensitive to their needs for independent self-expression. Children are complete human beings, with a full spectrum of human needs: safety and security, love and connection, boundaries and independence.

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The Minecraft Novels that are Helping Kids Deal with Bullying By Danica Davidson

By mixing together a real issue (cyberbullying) with fantasy and action, I hope to keep the readers turning the pages but also have them feel comfortable talking about cyberbullying with parents, teachers and peers afterward. The book talks about how cyberbullying is a real issue and should be taken seriously; it delves a bit into the psychology of why the cyberbullies decided to bully in the first place and what pulls them out of this space…

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Thinking, Responding and Processing Information – How You Can Help the ASD Child By Bill Nason

When in doubt, let the child set the pace! I don’t know how many of you have noticed! Your child has a “processing speed” and “pace” at which he or she will do things. You cannot rush it. Many kids on the spectrum have delayed information processing, and slow responding. We often try and hurry them along, but it never works. They freeze and resist the pressure, which often makes things worse. The harder we push, the stronger they resist. This is because the brain cannot move faster than it processes. It goes into panic, freeze mode, or “fight or flight.”

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Gentle Parenting Means Being Gentle with Yourself Too! By Nicola Haslett

Something that is often misunderstood when we talk about Gentle Parenting and Attachment Parenting is that to be a good, gentle parent we need to sacrifice ourselves completely and leave making time for us at the bottom of our never-ending to-do list. But is this true? No! Indeed, it is a trap that I have fallen into many times (and continue to do so sometimes!) but I know and understand now that for me to be the very best parent I can be, I need to find some time to be gentle with myself too.

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Gentle Parenting Means Being Gentle with Yourself Too! By Nicola Haslett

Something that is often misunderstood when we talk about Gentle Parenting and Attachment Parenting is that to be a good, gentle parent we need to sacrifice ourselves completely and leave making time for us at the bottom of our never-ending to-do list. But is this true? No! Indeed, it is a trap that I have fallen into many times (and continue to do so sometimes!) but I know and understand now that for me to be the very best parent I can be, I need to find some time to be gentle with myself too.