Dr. Shefali Tsabary Shares Her Thoughts About Conscious Parenting on Wholehearted Parenting Radio

You definitely won’t want to miss my conversation today with Dr. Shefali Tsabury, the author of a wonderful book entitled “The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves…Empowering Our Children”. Shefali is a clinical psychologist, author and TED talk speaker. Eckhart Tolle praises Dr. Tsabury’s book stating “that this invaluable book shows how the challenges of parenting can become a great opportunity for spiritual awakening. He goes on to say that “becoming a fully conscious parent is the greatest gift you can give to your child” We’ll explore…. Why behavioral strategies alone don’t work What it means to be a conscious parent Lessons that your child can teach you The ripple effect of […] Read more »

Date Nights are Not a Luxury, but a Neccessity!

Parents do you feel that most of your time is either spent with your kids or with your daily commitments, such as work? I remember those crazy busy days with our four kids! I’m also on the other side of parenting…now I’m the parent of adult kids. The one thing that I do know for sure is that time goes quickly, and it’s so easy to let our relationships with our spouse or partner, sit on the back burner. I see this happen quite often with parents that I work with. They don’t intend to let this happen but it does. One of my homework assignments that I give to […] Read more »

Creativity Creates Family Connection

Summer is soon approaching and families will be spending lots of time together! Summer has always been a reminder for me to slow down, especially as the temperatures rise. Slowing down seems to be a thing of the past with our fast pace lives that we live. Summers of long ago offered lots of free time for kids to use their imagination and creativity. I recently read a study that children have half as much free time now than they did 30 years ago. Children seemed to be so overscheduled now, that I often wonder if there is even time to allow and encourage creativity. Spending slower summer days with […] Read more »

Childhood Memories

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou I was saddened to hear of Maya Angelou’s passing…she has been a beautiful gift, not only to women, but to the world. I love so many of her quotes, but this one touches my heart every time I read her words. I actually use her quote at the end of my ScreamFree Parenting Classes. Parents have expressed that they too have been touched by her words, and are reminded to be mindful about how their actions relate to their child’s feelings. It is […] Read more »

Nurturing And Healing Our Own Inner Child

When we begin our parenting journey, we know that we want to be the best parent for our children, right? But often we parent our children as we were parented, or choose to parent 180 degrees opposite the way we were parented. Either way, we bring our own childhood along with us, into our parenting journey, if we’re not aware. To be a conscious or mindful parent, means that we dig deep and look at our own childhood issues, any fear or pain that we may be holding onto it. Our own inner child needs to be nurtured and loved, just as our children do. But it is critical that […] Read more »

Happy Mother’s Day

I love being a Mom! Although my kids are grown and are now creating their own lives and families, I treasure our time together and miss the days when they were underfoot and I was knee deep in motherhood. I also remember being exhausted at times and wondering how I was going to get through the day! I was thinking that if we could freeze the sweet moments, the ones when all is right with our children and family, and then fast forward through the tougher times, how much simpler motherhood would be…and perhaps if we could do that, we’d love every minute of motherhood. But of course, that’s not […] Read more »

Raising Responsible Kids…A Dad Weighs In

Recently I saw a Facebook Post…actually more of a rant by a local celebrity chef here in Charleston, SC. This chef also happens to be a Dad. Brett McKee spoke about a particular TV show, he’d watched, about the increasing number of young adults who are returning home to live with Mom and Dad…they’re referred to as the boomerang kids. In his own colorful language, this Dad wasted no time in laying out the many reasons he thinks that kids are not learning to become independent responsible adults. I commended him for his insight and honesty. We’ve talked about this same issue on Wholehearted Parenting. Last fall I interviewed Hal […] Read more »

Connecting With Ourselves And Our Children…Through Nature

Recently, I came across a book, one that both touched my heart and reminded me of our special connection with nature. I began to read my guest’s book, while on a plane to Chicago, a couple of weeks ago. While 35,000 feet high in the air, I was transported by her beautiful story about a hummingbird. The book entitled, “The Hummingbird that Answered My Heart’s Calling”, shares Noelle’s magical journey with a beautiful tiny bird. The hummingbird, she affectionately named “Artemis”, taught her about life and the importance of opening our eyes to see the extraordinary within the ordinary. Since reading Noelle’s book, I’m reminded daily to connect and reconnect […] Read more »

Childhood Messages Do Matter

Today we’re going to explore an important topic…and have a much needed conversation, but one that might be hard to hear. Our conversation today is going to be about childhood messages. Messages, both the ones that we received as a child, and messages that we are sending to our children…sometimes consciously, often unconsciously. Childhood messages do matter…the messages that we receive as children, we take them into our adult lives. I believe that when we learn to send healthy messages to children, they will take their healthy messages out into the world and the ripple effect will be huge. I’ve asked my guest, Lori Petro, to join my conversation. Lori […] Read more »

Teen Substance Abuse…Parents Make a Difference

I know we’re all concerned about substance abuse in this country and its detrimental effects. For myself, it’s even more concerning, both as a parent and child and adolescent therapist, the number of children and teens who are abusing alcohol and drugs. As concerned as we are, we’re often afraid to see the truth…to think that it’ even possible that our kids could be abusing drugs and alcohol. A parent’s response, “Not my child”, may not be true. We’re often even unaware of the signs to look for. So parents, I wanted to begin a conversation to help educate all of us about teen substance abuse and the important role […] Read more »

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