Parenting

  1. Create a supportive environment that give parents a sense of feeling less alone and more optimistic about their abilities to parent
    1. Review their history of parenting and the lack of any meaningful guidance in helping them raise a healthy child
    2. Help them see the role their parents played in their parenting attitudes; embracing the constructive influences and avoiding the destructive ones
    3. Help them see their role as mentors and stewards in promoting their child’s physical, emotional and spiritual health
    4. Teach them about their child’s neurological, emotional and spiritual developments and needs
  2. Provide them with the tools to hear their child’s needs and how to meet those needs
  3. Encourage them to help their child explore and develop his or her own authentic sense of who s/he is
  4. Help them create a safe home environment which will foster an openness and a challenging space for the child to become self sufficient and independent
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Awareness is the Key

One of the most challenging tasks facing us is remaining aware and conscious in the moment.  I touched on this a little in the Live in the Moment blog, but here I want to focus on the conscious and awareness parts.  So much of my blog discussions involve helping you understand how the mind works []

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You Are Not Uniquely Disturbed

Did you ever wish you were inside somebody else’s head? Of course you did. If you stop to think about it right now, you could probably come up with several individuals whose minds you wish you could read. If you are interviewing for a job, you probably would love to know what they think of []

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Confronting Our Fears

Easier said than done.  The feeling of fear can be and often is so uncomfortable, it runs havoc in our lives.  It can prevent us from pursuing our goals, speaking our minds and taking charge of our lives.  Have you ever stopped to reflect on the role fear plays in your life?  What is it? []

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It’s So Hard

I have been working on creating a new web page for our AWARENESS app.  In the process I am discovering that I still get contracted around doing something new in the tech world.  I have definitely rewired a lot in this area, but as I work with the designer or organizing the page, every cell []

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Living In the Miraculous

I want to share a couple of  human interest stories I heard and saw on video to give you an idea of how revolutionary neuroscience is becoming and the impact it is already having in people’s lives.  One of the most moving stories describes a 54 yr old eye surgeon who sustained a massive stroke []

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Being With What IS

The conversation this week seems to be moving toward being with what IS.  We often set up expectations or have a vision of how things should be and then the universe does its thing.  I always loved the Yiddish quote, “Man plans, God laughs.” This weekend the joke was on me as I had to []

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Questions for you?

Pssst … you … yes, you! I have a question to ask you. How does reading this blog affect you? I have been asking this question to several of my readers.  Some of you have been enjoying them, some have been moved by them and others have found them interesting.  I would like to speak []

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Conscious Parenting

parentingBeing a parent can be the most rewarding experience in our lives. It can also be most challenging, lonely and misunderstood role we undertake. Unlike other “jobs,” becoming a parent does not come with a “how to manual.” Parents are expected to know what it takes to raise their children. The unfortunate outcomes of this unreasonable expectation are two fold; children’s emotional, psychological and spiritual needs are not successfully met, thereby, limiting the expression of their full potential in adulthood; producing adults who are unable to enjoy full and true intimacy with themselves and their loved ones.

While the significant role parenting plays in the ultimate development of an individual is widely known, there is still a void in educating parents and facilitating their ability to optimize their success.

Until the middle of the twentieth century, parents’ primary focus has been on physically nourishing their children, keeping them safe and healthy, and making sure they receive proper education. There was little or no understanding and appreciation for their children’s emotional, psychological and spiritual needs and development, and their significant role in shaping the overall health of the human being. The extraordinary achievements made in medical, industrial, technological, and educational fields resulted in Western industrialized societies’ increased ability to meet its members’ essential survival needs. As these needs became easier to fulfill, greater attention was given to understanding the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the individual. Research in neurology, physics, biochemistry, and psychology have generated ongoing dialogue, theory, data, practice, and further research in the relentless pursuit of how we operate. Consequently, we now have a better understanding of what motivates our feelings, thoughts, and behavior. Although most researchers, scientists and students of the human behavio agree that our knowledge is still in its infantile stage, nonetheless, we currently possess critical information that can increase our appreciation, and therefore, our ability to better meet our children’s need as well as our personal and collective needs.

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Emotional Neighborhood

We all have hundreds of emotions locked in our bodies’ memories from childhood.  They are generally rather painful and extremely uncomfortable.  The reason they are there is because when we felt hurt, fearful or misunderstood in some way, we usually didn’t have a constructive way to express or release them.  Our parents were either unaware []

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Germs and Brains

Before the discovery of germs and bacteria, people believed that physical illnesses were caused by wrathful Gods, spirits entering their bodies, the evil eye and a variety of other fantastical interpretations. They then attempted to “cure” the illnesses in some pretty strange and sometimes barbaric ways, such as using bleeding cups to take blood from []

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