Welcome to Meaningful Ideas

Kids are not acting out,
they are Reaching out.

When we remember this we get better at looking beneath the surface of what’s happening. We look at the deeper impact. That is why we parent through a lens of Nervous System Programming – NSP

With every interaction we inform our kids about:
Who we are
Who they are
Their place in the world
How the world works

This information isn’t only absorbed by the intellect, it’s a holistic experience. We impact our children on many levels in addition to the content alone. They are affected on Emotional, Relational, Environmental, Developmental, Physical and Spiritual levels as well.

Our influence on them is profound. Their nervous systems are being programmed by repeated experiences. As much as possible we want to engage with that influence consciously and in alignment with our deeply held values.

I talk about having Ice Berg Consciousness. Practicing looking beneath the surface of what’s going on to see the deeper layers at work.

If you visit my youtube channel you can watch a video where I go into detail about Nervous System Programming – NSP. Please give it a listen and let me know what you think of the ideas. I think this video can help a lot of parents so share it around as well please.

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Please do not Hold the Limit Firm

Please do not hold the limit firm if your child is resisting, angry and crying. The emotional-relational impact is more damaging than the benefit of holding the limit in that moment.  It is always okay to soften and connect. I know it’s very challenging when I write about asking parents to not use limits and…

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Coercive influence decreases over time. Relational influence increases over time.

Parenting that is based on a deep relationship of connection, communication and collaboration will always be more powerful, stable and resilient than relationships based on authority and control. . The old parenting model that has been passed down throughout generations uses power, threats, punishment and consequences to modify behaviour of children to fit into expectations…

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Let Us Treat Our Children as Equals

“And I try to laugh At whatever life brings Cause when I look down I just miss all the good stuff When I look up I just trip over things” -Ani Difranco – As is I love Ani Difranco. I took my daughter to see her when she was like 10 years old I think….

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I’m 50

I turned FIFTY years old 3 days ago on Dec 27, 2018. When I held the birthday card from my wife and daughter in my hand, the big “50” jumped out at me. I remembered being 19 or 20 and picking up a 50th b-day card and thinking that was so old. I couldn’t imagine…

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Thanks for not forcing me to go to school

My 21 year old daughter is watching Bob’s burgers on TV. It’s an adult animated show. One of the characters was pretending to be sick so they could school. She paused the show and turned to me to say: “Dad, I’m glad you never forced me to go to school.” I said, “Me too kiddo.”…

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Think of your house as a laboratory

I want to be free with my emotions. I want to accept how I feel as natural and beautiful. I don’t want to force my emotions to fit inside some little box. A external matrix of what seems right and appropriate to society. I don’t know where my feelings are supposed to lead. If I…

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