4/22/17

In Honor of Mother Earth on Earth Day 2017, We Would Like To Thank Her For...



Earth Day is upon us once again. What a wonderful day to celebrate and acknowledge our Earth planet. We should all have gratitude in leaps and bounds for without our earth we could not exist. Because of our precious planet, we THRIVE.

Go outside and run barefoot, plant a tree, dig in your garden, get some new plants for your home.

Go hiking, sit on a mountain and just be!

So many choices we have to enjoy Earth Day.

In honor of mother Earth on Earth Day 2017 we would like to thank her for...

 * Nourishing my soul with endless landscapes; from the mountains to the seas.

 * Providing me a playground to grow, learn, expand and express myself.

 * For plenty of fresh air to fill my lungs.

 * Abundance of fertile ground to grow my food.

 * A special thank you for all your magnificent creatures great and small.

 * For the oceans, lakes, and streams that provide us with a bounty of choices.

 * Most of all for shaking things up a bit when we become stagnant or disconnected. 

Helpful Ways To Teach Children How To Connect With Nature.

 1. Take your child for a walk around your local park or out in the woods, stroll along a creekside, stream or river.

 2. Collect rocks or other earthly items and encourage learning about the mineral, animal and plant kingdoms.

4/5/17

Apollo the Misguided Missile Children's Book Review


Apollo the Misguided Missile radiates a very potent and timely message. This book is for children ages 3 to 7. 

In this day an age when bullying is part of our society, almost every child is somehow touched by it. 

This children's book is a great tool to add to your parenting toolbox to teach your child about non-violent communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, being able to use their voice and how to speak up for themselves. Vital skills all children need to learn and witness being demonstrated. What better way for them to absorb the information than through a book!?

This book perfectly demonstrates there is a time and place to listen to children. Take time to listen and feel. Sometimes it's the child that has the answers you are seeking.

4/4/17

Why Empaths Are Misdiagnosed With Sensory Processing Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, or Chronic Fatigue.


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We'd like to tell you about our friend and colleague Judith Orloff MD – a UCLA psychiatrist, an empath, and NY Times bestselling author. In her new book, The Empath’s Survival Guide Dr. Orloff offers support to empaths and highly sensitive people as well as anyone who wants to develop their empathy to become a more caring, empowered person.


If you want to live a more open-hearted, intuitive life without burning out or experiencing compassion fatigue—this book is for you.

3/30/17

Children Learn To Mimic The Vibration Of The Adults Who Surround Them


"You cannot speak or offer action without thought-vibration occurring at the same time; however, you are often offering words or action. Children or babies learn to mimic the vibration of the adults who surround them long before they learn to mimic their words." 
~ Abraham Hicks

Thanks for stopping in and reading our latest post. Feel free to look around. We have numerous conscious parenting articles and book reviews.

3/29/17

Giving Your Kids the Gift of “Calm”

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Giving Your Kids the Gift of “Calm”


“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos." ~Donna Karan


In the busyness of our daily lives, calm seems to elude us. As we witness the chaos in today’s world, calm seems foreign to us. Our nervous systems are on overload. And reactivity seems to be the norm. We observe individuals crying out--- wanting to be seen, heard and acknowledged. Yet, as their voice gets louder, their true essence seems to diminish.
As parents, it’s easy to react to your children when not aware. You may react to their behavior rather than respond to them as individuals. If you see this pattern in your interaction with your child, be gentle with yourself. You are human and probably overwhelmed with the pressures of everyday life. What often gets lost in the overwhelming state of “busyness”, is connection. Connection with yourself and your children. While focusing focus on your daily agenda (Did you do your homework? It’s time to take a bath. Don’t forget to clean up your room!), it’s easy to miss seeing your child for the unique beautiful being they are.

3/7/17

Connecting On Your Child's Level



There are very subtle, simple ways you can connect with your child on their level.

My sons are now in their twenties, I woke up this morning with vivid memories of playing video games with them.

Video games were not my most favorite thing to do, but the time we spent together is priceless.

Since the time they were allowed to play video games was regulated, it was special. Video game time was monitored. My husband and I made sure they spent time on other things such as creative play, reading, board games, homework and their nightly routine.

I always found a way to join in their fun on their level.

When they were younger. I would read them a bedtime story every night, sometimes several books at a time.

More times than not this special time right before bed turned into great discussions of wonder and sharing. As they got older they would read to me.

I was always on the look out for ways I could join them at their level.

One of the ways was with video games. Luckily the games they had then were not at the difficulty level the games are of today. I would be left in the dust!! 

Back in the day, I could take on the common enemy in Contra, bounce Mario around or fly with Star Fox.

Spending some quality time playing together opened up doorways of conversation. The roles of child and parent temporarily melted away as we joined in unison of having fun.

3/2/17

Teaching Children Mindfulness

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I recently watched a show on Netflix called Inn Saei: The Power Of Intuition. I've added their trailer below.

A particular segment on mindfulness in the classroom really resonated with me. I sat watching this show in awe at the articulate conversations the young children were having about their brains, the different parts of their brains and what each part did. These were young children!

These children not only described the different parts of their own brains but they also could explain how the different parts affected their behaviors.

I bow to the teachers and parents who are making mindfulness training part of their curriculum. 

Watching one child in particular on this show was mesmerizing. He could fully articulate how he could take the mindfulness skills he learned in school and apply them at home. One example is how he chose to handle a situation between him and his brother. On one of his birthdays his brother broke some of his gifts. He thought about the reaction he would take. He asked his brother to leave the room to give himself time to cool off and choose his course of action. 

2/28/17

Dealing with Feelings Brings Kids to a Healthy Place!



When you woke up today, you probably didn’t know you would stumble on a fun and refreshing way to teach your children timeless life lessons – like how to identify and channel their emotions in a responsible and constructive way!

In her uplifting new children’s book, Sad Sally, my good friend and colleague, Colleen Aynn, uses graceful rhymes and illustrations to teach children it’s Ok to cry and show emotions.