Here is a note I wrote for parents of a new-born baby. They asked me for ideas of how to interact with their brand new being in the first days. ———————————– Congratulations to new guardians of Divine Spirit! The first week or so of a child’s are so important. Many foundational concepts, perceptions, feelings, self-images,
Learning to Be a Ninja Requires A Certain Maturity I have been teaching martial arts for over 10 years. In general I do not teach people under the age of 18. The reason for this is the material I teach is quite serious and dangerous. I want to make sure that the people who I
Obedience is Less Important Than You Might Think I understand that obedience feels like an important and even necessary thing to develop and maintain in kids. It seems like without obedience kids will run wild and do whatever they want. This is simply not the case. Kids are much more willing to cooperate and work
Children Are Naturally Generous and Kind Contrary to the common belief about young children I do not believe they are egocentric and selfish. Many people say that they are only interested in their own needs. They claim this is a natural thing developmentally and they cannot experience empathy until they are older. I have seen
Collaboration and Communication My tendency as a parent is always to make decisions using collaboration and communication. I bring the pros and cons of any situation to the table; we consider them and then make the decision together. In general I’ll abide by whatever decision my young person makes. The individual decisions are less important
Talking to Babies Young children, even babies, can respond to much deeper communication than people generally realize. I have startling experiences in deep communication with young children. Not just with my kid, but with others, many others!! They hear, feel and understand so much. Beyond the traditional “tone of voice” thing that most people think.
“NO” Feels Like a Denial of Their Natural Selves Part of the reason kids flip out when they hear no is that they don’t understand why they’re being told no. They feel that they are just expressing their natural selves. The NO means that their natural expression is wrong! It’s painful to hear this so
How Can I Get My Kid to Stop Hitting? A mother mentioned that her 1 1/2 year old has started hitting mommy and daddy when he’s upset. They have tried everything to get him to stop, but whatever they do seems to make him do it more. This was my response. It’s kind of long!
I feel so thrilled that I got to share some Conscious Parenting ideas with a group of amazing people today at G Day Toronto. An empowerment conference for young girls. Here is the video of the talk. Below that is the text from the handout that I gave to the parents so they could
Validate the pain of young people I understand the frustration of dealing with rude teens. It seems they’re being so disrespectful to others and themselves. It can really be annoying and upsetting. I do not believe that young people are simply choosing to be rude, nor do I believe that they are naturally disrespectful. The