Podcast Episode #4 – All Behavior is Communication

As parents, there are times when we are completely perplexed by our child’s behavior. “Why did she hit another child?” “Why did he just explode over that?!” And even, “Why did I just lose it over that?” Then, most importantly, “What can we do that will really, truly help?” When we remember that All Behavior is a Communication, it’s a starting

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Handling Anger with Respect for All

The anger was rising in the room. Everyone could feel it. His face was red, fists and teeth clenched. Breathing was heavy. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar. Perhaps it was your partner or your child that was upset. I was becoming aware of the lump in my own throat. The pressure in my chest was moving up into my throat

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Stories of Encouragement: The investment will pay off

Today I want to share a few recent stories from my home where I have been able to see the effects of many years of practicing Consciously Parenting. I have been doing this for 13 years. 13 years of investing in learning about how to parent differently, practicing the way I want to respond to my children’s emotions and behaviors,

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I am here, I am present, I am open, I am ready.

The first time I entered a healing circle, I had my hackles up and cynicism was at one hundred percent. I did not intend on venting to a bunch of strangers or finding comfort in a group sharing situation. Years before, in college, I tried group therapy, but in a traditional setting to rid myself of demons. I didn’t experience

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Healing Stories for the Inevitable Bumps in Life

My good friend, Lianne, just had a baby. She had an uneventful (but very fast!) home water birth. One of the most beautiful things for me was hearing the story of how she paused after her son was born and just listened to him express the experience he had just gone through. She listened and watched him and how he moved

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The Case Against Breastfeeding

I just read Hanna Rosin’s article called The Case Against Breastfeeding published in The Atlantic and I’m feeling really sad. This is the reality of many mother’s experiences and it should not be taken lightly. Ms. Rosin expresses her discontentment with being a mother and her perceived requirement that she breastfeed her baby. She goes on to talk about how science really

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The Brain Stoplight

This post is an excerpt from Book I Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families by Rebecca Thompson Hitt, Copyright © 2012, and may not be printed or distributed without permission. For sharing this information, please share the link: http://consciouslyparenting.com/brain-stoplight/ This post is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally

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4 things you can do today when you feel disconnected from your child

“I’m so upset! She’s working completely against me. No matter what I do, she continues to speak to me disrespectfully. I’ve tried punishing her, but she doesn’t seem to care. What am I supposed to do? I want a good relationship with my daughter, but she’s making it impossible!” Maybe you can relate to this mom’s struggle. She had tried

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