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Parenting Principles: Listen to your kids

Here are four more to keep in mind:- "Getting" children is core. (Understanding from the child's viewpoint). Find a way to be in your child's shoes, especially when you find yourself in a power struggle.- Attunement comes from fully listening and fully loving the unique "otherness" of the child. Remind yourself that your child is an other, separate from you. They think, feel, operate, and like things differently that you do. Respect and embrace the differences.- Deep listening is Read more [...]

Parenting Principles: Meet Your Kid’s Needs

I am listing below the principles of parenting. There are 10, so I'm breaking them up, and focusing on a couple at a time. All we can do is keep these in mind and aim to do our best, (remember - increase consciousness, decrease reactivity). Here they are:Children do best when their emotional needs are metThough it can be exhausting, our job as parents is to meet our kids' needs. You know your children well and know what they need. When you witness your child in need, help them work through Read more [...]

Aim to be more conscious

Be less reactive and more conscious! Set this as your goal, and you’re doing a good job. We cannot be responsive, regulated, and available to our kids 100% of the time. Do the best you can to manage you’re reactivity.  #imagoparent #consciousparenting #connectedparentsthrivingkids #gracemcdonaldcounselling


Tip of the week: Parents, work on yourself!

A child who sees his parent in the process of becoming a conscious person will be equipped to do the same in his own life and will contribute to the increasing consciousness of our species ~ Harvelle Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt #imagoparent #consciousparenting #connectedparentsthrivingkids #gracemcdonaldcounselling


Choose a partner who brings out your best self

How to Choose a MateThe one quality that stands above all others in the search for a mate Published on August 4, 2013 by Alex Lickerman, M.D. in Happiness in this WorldPhoto: Serge MelkiWhen searching for a mate, most of us carry around a list of criteria or qualities that we tell ourselves we're looking for. A brief perusal of any Internet dating site yields many such lists: "A sense of humor, a sense of adventure, and good teeth" says one. "Owns his Read more [...]

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