The Mis(sed) Communication

Living in southern Mexico where the spoken native languages (Spanish and many indigenous languages are spoken here) are not my native language has created a lot of interesting situations for me. I’ve learned how easy it is, really in any language, to miss communicate. The Fence  Here’s a story to illustrate the basic idea.  My neighbors, who are also my

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Compassion for Early Feeding Choices

The baby was only 3 days old when I received the phone call. It was from a dad and I always know I’m working with a great family when dad is on the phone for the new mama who needs breastfeeding support. And it probably also means that they’re in distress. The new baby girl, Sofi, was chomping at the

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Can Everyone Benefit From Story Healing?

Hi Rebecca, I’ve been meaning to email for a week or so, to give you an update on Timmy’s world since the telling of his birth story. We haven’t told the story for about a week now, but that feels fine – I think both Timmy and I are feeling in a good space right now, either partly or solely

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Story Healing 101

All behavior is a communication. This is one of the guiding principles of Consciously Parenting. In fact, it is the first principle because it is really important to understand. Our children are constantly telling their stories to us through their behavior. In fact, they’re also telling parts of our stories, too. The question is, are we listening and can we

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Better Sleep Through Story Healing

Beata, 2 ½, had always been a restless sleeper. It was a challenge to get her to sleep each night, and once asleep she would burrow herself into the side of one of her parents. She woke up screaming inconsolably from her naps each day and many times at night, as well. Sleep training was something that her parents decided

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Do we have mistaken ideas about sleep?

My oldest son wasn’t a very good sleeper. In fact, I didn’t know how little sleep one could survive on and still talk in complete sentences until he came into my life. When he was diagnosed with colic and reflux, I was told to prop him up to sleep, and to feed him rice cereal in a bottle (which I

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