2/17/18

Teaching Children About Gratitude



Teaching children gratitude is all about their attitude. More importantly, it's about the parent’s attitude and the mirror image they portray to their children and the rest of the world. 

Gratitude is such a brilliant gift that has been bestowed upon us if we choose it. The sophistication of this gift is simple. It is a choice. Be thankful for what you have, who you are and who you can be. 

It's all about perception. It doesn't matter what social status you come from, what your wallet has in it or how you were culturally raised. 

2/16/18

A Checklist For Your First Family Camping Trip!


Camping is a wonderful activity. You get to break free of the trappings of a happy home life filled with smartphones and mindless pastimes and take a deep dive into the bold beauty of the wilderness. The trees, birds, lakes, streams, and fresh liveliness of it all is ultimately one of the most rejuvenating ways you can spend your time. You know this, but do your children?

It is exciting beyond belief to share your love of nature with others. If your kids have never been camping before, they’re in for a magical adventure. It’s no wonder, then, that 99% of campers say that they are either likely or very likely to go again next year. So, if you are planning your first ever family camping trip, you are going to need a few items to help make it the experience of a lifetime. This is your professional family camper checklist.
  • RV
    For your children’s first foray into the wilderness, you might consider either renting a cabin or buying an RV. It will help to ease them into the transition between high tech home life the primitive peace of the natural world. Plus, it will make life easier for you too.

1/25/18

Children's Book Review: The Prayer Who Searched For God



the prayer who searched for God by Andrew Newman
Illustrated By Alexis Aronson

Each book in this series starts with an easy breathing meditation. Snuggle breathing.

Priceless for a family reading together. Four simple sentences and then you are off on your journey!

The uniqueness of drawing a prayer ( a wisp if I may) that the illustrator created is simply magic.

The most extraordinary and creative book, it doesn't even matter your belief, religion, race, age, or where you are geographically. This is a one size fits all children's book. Where a prayer is in search for God and low and behold the identification and how it presents itself is incomparable to any other book we have read. The singular theme is thought-provoking and so much fun for the kids.

It's so light and fluffy. Like candy for the soul!
Review by Stacy Toten and Carol Lawrence - Intentional Conscious Parenting

1/22/18

How Diablo Became Spirit



how diablo became spirit By Andrew Newman and Anna Breytenbach
Illustrated by Alexis Aronson

This book touched us to the core. An unbelievable true animal rescue story.

From a cage to freedom, from anger to bliss.
How the tides can turn when minds are open and humans and animals build a foundation of trust. Don't ever think change is impossible. Human to human, animal to animal, human to animal. As long as we are breathing and receptive, change can always be in our future.

1/18/18

How to Get Your Child Off the Couch and Into an Active Lifestyle

It's no secret that children like to have fun. Of course, to the youngest generation, fun is too often synonymous with tablets, smartphones, videogames, and TV. And with a growing understanding that smartphones and screentime are literally addictive, you may be wondering how to get your kids off of the couch and into the backyard.


This may seem like a daunting task, as anyone who has tried to separate a toddler from a tablet well knows, but there are so many ways a child can get their brain working nowadays that the possibilities for active play are pretty much endless. But what are these possibilities? Are there better things out there for your child than apps and videogames?

If you find that your child is sitting around all day playing video games on their computer or cell phone, then you need a plan to nurture a more active lifestyle. Children need to be active to stimulate brain functions, prevent obesity, and maintain friendships.

1/8/18

Children's Book Review: The tree of goodness




A truer than true message about how each of us are all made of goodness! - Intentional Conscious Parenting

WINNER, Moms Choice Awards for Excellence Gold Medal; SILVER WINNER, Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards, Best Childrens Book Series.
This timeless rhyming bedtime tale for kids ages 3 through 5 asks a simple but profound question: What makes a tree good? Children explore this concept through the many beautiful aspects of a tree s nature, and, in the end, learn a lesson about their own self-worth. Charmingly illustrated, this book, which is part of the Conscious Bedtime Story Club collection, is a sure-fire winner for parents seeking conscious parenting tools. This book will help children to see and appreciate their own goodness and inner beauty. The book ends with The Goodness Stretch, a set of questions to help young listeners and readers to relax their bodies, to emulate the qualities of a tree and to stand in their own goodness.

1/4/18

Children's Book Review: The bee who could not choose her flower

the bee who could not choose her flower


A truly delightful children's book that teaches children about learning how to trust themselves and the power of the choices they have. - Intentional Conscious Parenting



WINNER, Moms Choice Awards for Excellence Gold Medal; SILVER WINNER, Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards, Best Childrens Book Series.
This beautifully-crafted rhyming bedtime tale for kids ages 4 through 8 takes us on an adventure with Bee, a little hero who struggles with indecision. Bee must learn to trust herself to make choices which improve her life and her happiness. Imaginatively illustrated, this book, which is part of the Conscious Bedtime Story Club collection, is a sure-fire winner for parents seeking conscious parenting tools. This book will help children recognize and manage the process of making the many daily choices with which they are constantly presented. The book ends with Choosing Time, a set of questions to help young listeners and readers to recognize the choices they made each day, and to become more aware of and comfortable with that process.
Purchase a copy here

12/26/17

Experts: Infant Massages Can Help Babies Through Tough Times

Today, 82% of massage therapists say they started practicing massage therapy as a second career. Now, many of those massage therapists are suggesting infant massages to help parents bond with their child.

For many infants, parents find that it can be hard for them to relax and be calm in stressful, anxiety-ridden situations. According to Massage Magazine, massage techniques are being used by parents and in hospitals to help infants relax and fall asleep while they're dealing with stressful situations such as gas, colic, colds, and sleeping problems. Massage therapists are now taking steps to teach parents how to properly massage their infants at home, too.

Linda Storm, founding executive director of Infant Massage USA, spoke about the technique and the lessons she offers.

“Infant massage is a wonderful added set of skills for a massage therapist,” Storm said. “Rather than massaging the babies, the therapist can teach a class of parents who massage their babies.”

Each class that Infant Massage USA offers lasts anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. The classes are held once a week for five weeks. Parents can really benefit from learning the proper way to massage and calm their child.