When I think about the families who are currently involved in our Learning Center Community, there’s such an interesting group with many different challenges and blessings. There are single moms raising their kids with little support and within communities of support. There are families with kids who have diagnoses and an alphabet of labels. There are families who have really active, gifted kids. Some families have behavior challenges. Others don’t. Some unschool. Some use traditional schools. Some parents have a great alternative school they love.
They’re different in so many ways.
But they’re all there because they’re looking to connect with other families who are on a similar journey.
They want to know they’re not alone as they go through the challenges of parenting, whether those challenges are every once in a while or all day long. They all have the intention to parent from a place of love and connection, to figure out what belongs to them that needs to heal, and what belongs to their child that needs to heal. They’re not perfect. They’re not here to judge you and your parenting. They all have bad days and good days. They’re here to help each other find their best selves as parents and people and they do a great job of supporting one another.
Maybe you feel like you’d fit right in? Well, you’re in luck! This week, make sure that you enter our Membership Giveaway. We’re giving away 4 GOLD memberships on August 4. See the information below for how to enter! If you want to join now, we’re having a special on GOLD memberships this month. It’s great for support, especially if you’re having extra challenges, but great even if you’re not.
Speaking of extra challenges, several years ago I wrote an article called, “Diagnosis: Does it Help or Does it Hurt?” This article was published by Pathways Connect Magazine. There’s no one right answer here. Some families are so grateful to have an answer and a label for the behaviors they’re experiencing and it helps them to stay connected. For others, it doesn’t help to have a label. What do you think? What’s your experience with labels, for either yourself or your kids?
And last week on my podcast, I shared Why I Gave Up Punishment. It isn’t a holier than thou kind of story, but my real experience when my oldest son was about 4. If you’ve read my books, you know it took me another roughly 4 years to put it into practice at least reasonably well. It was a long time of learning and unlearning what I didn’t want to repeat, but I finally did it. Have you had a similar parenting moment? I’d love to hear about it!
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Podcast Episode 12: Why I Gave Up Punishment
Episode 12 is up! I knew that behavior changes due to punishment when I was growing came from a place of fear. As a child, if I changed my behavior, it was only in order to avoid more pain. I wanted my children to do the right thing because it was the right thing, not because they were afraid. Listen in to this week’s podcast here.
I’m giving away 4 one-year memberships to the new Consciously Parenting Learning Center and Community. These are the GOLD memberships, so you get all the support of the Healing Story Circles- lovely spaces to connect with other parents via video chat where we create a safe container to share whatever is on your heart and mind so you can find your own answers- and all the content for a full year- as a gift.
1. Click this link for your first entry! It’ll take you to the blog post about the giveaway that you can share for more entries.
2. Sign up for our FREE Membership – click here.
3. Make a comment on this post about why a Gold Membership would be helpful to you and your family.
4. Share the post on social media and come back to the post page and comment to let us know where you shared it. You get an entry for each share.
5. If you have a financial need, you can reply to this email and let us know. We’ll give you an extra entry. Tell us what’s going on for your family right now and how it would help!
Stories, pictures, and videos get extra entries.
Winners will be announced on August 4, 2017 via email.
Please share with your friends so everyone who needs support can find us. My life’s work is to change the way we, as a society, parent our children so that we can raise a generation of kids who are connected to themselves, connected to their family, and able to contribute to the world in a positive way. My offerings here are resources, inspiration, and education to help make that happen for you beginning today!
From the Consciously Parenting archives:
Everywhere we look nowadays, children are being diagnosed and labeled with disorders based on their behavior, with acronyms being placed near their names. But how does it help to label our children? Click to read