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Conscious Parenting

Why Punishment Doesn't Work

Tai Goodwin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Tai Goodwin

My parenting has never been about "punishment" for doing something wrong. I focus on helping her see that she can always make a better choice and that she has more power than she realizes.

We Are So Proud of Your Son! (So Why Is Mom Worried? )

Michelle Gale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Michelle Gale

My initial reaction was of pure joy and appreciation for what this young child was expressing into the world. It seemed our family rituals were sinking into the fabric of who he was as an individual. To see him taking a leadership role in spreading loving-kindness warmed my heart beyond belief. And then it set in -- the inner critic.

Meditation Retreat Confessions: One Mother's Suffering

Michelle Gale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Gale

So here I am. Six years later and getting ready for five days in silence. I'm finally going to join that elusive club of individuals who have taken the time and made space in their lives for deeper practice.

Is Your Child's Process Just As Important?

Tangee Veloso-Pueblos | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Tangee Veloso-Pueblos

I felt the need to write about something very profound that recently happened after an amazing retreat that my husband and I went to in Australia. Oh there were so many insights that had pulled away the blinds from my eyes but there was one particular experience that moved me to share.

How to Parent an Introverted Child: An Interview With Susan Cain

Omega Institute | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

It's important for a parent to learn to take delight in a child whose behavior might seem mystifying. In the case of an extroverted parent with an introverted child, it can be learning to see the inner riches of your child that may not always be expressed on the surface.

7 Alternatives to Punishment, Option 1: You Are Not Alone

Ashley Ryan | Posted 09.01.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

As a parent, I'm sure you've had moments when you foresaw a disaster that was about to occur. And if we take a moment to think about it, we can usually foresee other recipes for disasters.

Holding on to Your Kids in a Digital Age: An Interview With Gordon Neufeld, Part 2

Omega Institute | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

Many people think that discipline is the essence of parenting. But that isn't parenting. Parenting is not telling your child what to do when he or she misbehaves. Parenting is providing the conditions in which a child can realize his or her full human potential.

Putting Parents Back in the Driver's Seat: An Interview With Gordon Neufeld, Part 1

Omega Institute | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

"Parents are looking for emancipation in today's world. We get so tired of our responsibilities that we confuse our children's dependence upon others with independence."

3 Simple Ways You Can Inspire Your Kids Right Now

Ashley Ryan | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

The key is really stepping back and looking to see what is true for us and what's true for our children. If more of us did what we loved, I think there would be less projecting onto our kids.

You're It! An Invitation to Show Up Fully

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Miriam Mason Martineau

These are some of the keys I have discovered to showing up more fully and authentically, to engaging my "self" as an instrument of service and love in this world. They're the kind of things I think we need to figure out anyway.

To Share or Not to Share? The Question Remains

Dina McQueen | Posted 06.04.2012 | Parents
Dina McQueen

My role as a blogger is to write in a way that better serves the global community of readers who might wish to learn a little something along the way.

Public Apology To My Daughter

Dina McQueen | Posted 05.31.2012 | Home
Dina McQueen

The time has come to pull back and stop allowing my family to be the target of what can be a society of voyeurs

Birth Mother Pain -- The Only Way Out is Through It: 7 Steps to Liberation

Dina McQueen | Posted 05.29.2012 | Parents
Dina McQueen

I have come to know that it is not only my responsibility to be present for my child, whatever shape the need at hand takes, but it is also my honor.

Cherishing the Family Dinner

Mallika Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mallika Chopra

I am a big believer in the power of ritual. What better ritual to bring to our family than the daily coming together of healthy food, conversation and gratitude around a family dinner?