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7/24/2017 Weekly Newsletter: Giving Up Punishment and Connecting with Non-Judgmental Friends and Resources (Win a membership!)

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 Read More

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Podcast Episode #12 – Why I Gave Up Punishment

I knew that behavior changes due to punishment when I was growing came from a place of fear. 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.

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Behavior Diagnosis: Does it Help or Hurt?

Everywhere we look nowadays, children are being diagnosed and labeled with disorders based on their behavior, with acronyms being placed near their names. “Johnny has ADD, that’s why he can’t sit still.” “Sherry has RAD and that’s why she can’t attach to us.” “Vinny is on the (autism) spectrum.” But how does it help to label our children?

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Membership Giveaway

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.

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Podcast Episode #11 – Respectful Boundaries with Our Kids

We’ve been talking about boundaries, finding them within ourselves and with others outside of our families. Many of the parents I talk to who have trouble with the metaphorical “Uncle Bob” also have a challenge setting boundaries with their own kids. Today’s episode, Christy Farr and Rebecca Thompson Hitt talk about what healthy, respectful and loving boundaries can look like with your kids.

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I Choose Love

My minister last week at church talked about having a mantra, or a statement that we could say to ourselves when we needed to shift our focus away from fear and back into the present moment, when we were reacting from our past instead of responding in the way we wanted to respond. Yes, I choose love. I choose to parent from a place of love, not from fear. I choose love.

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7/10/2017 Weekly Newsletter: Boundaries with “Uncle Bob,” 2-year certification training, and new Learning Center Membership Give-Aways!

When you were growing up, what happened when someone went beyond the appropriate? Whether it was your younger sister throwing things at you or your crazy Uncle Bob dropping by and not leaving for several weeks, we all have stories about boundaries that weren’t respected. Most of us didn’t experience healthy boundaries. A healthy boundary Read More

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The Case Against Breastfeeding

America seems full of finger-pointing and, in general, we like to blame someone else for our problems. People sued McDonald’s when their coffee was too hot and won. It wasn’t their fault that the coffee was hot, after all, and they burned themselves. If the problem exists outside of ourselves, then it really isn’t about us. We don’t need to make a change. But if we can recognize that there is probably a small part that is our responsibility, that means that we can make it different.