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As a general rule, for an adult to be able to offer some help to a child who is already crystallized (i.e., stuck in an obviously narrow and limiting definition which was conditioned by other adults), one might provide a child with the broadest, deepest spectrum of manifestations possible, without force or pressure to change or perform. That is why a fantastic trait to encourage in children is their ability to investigate and follow the urges and voices of their imaginations, their curiosities, their explorations. Give them the freedom to discover their own interests, and to pursue these things in the relentless, amazing and profound way that children do.

 

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"There are two basic dispositions that human beings have: feeling loved or unloved. If children feel loved in the first two years of life, then whatever else happens in relationships, the unconscious motivating factor of feeling loved will sustain them. Children who feel loved just as they are naturally feel confident, creative, capable, and possess self-respect. If children feel unloved, their life then becomes a pursuit for love from a place of scarcity and insecurity."


Conscious Parenting Workbook pg 11 - soon to be released by Hohm Press http://www.hohmpress.com

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The responsibility of being with children . . .is literally a responsibility for the future of humankind. What we model for children, how we treat them, how we parent them, is more than important—it is absolutely vital to their mental, emotional and physical health and well-being and to that of the earth itself . . . Adults need to become conscious parents . . . educated in how to educate children.

— Lee Lozowick, Concsious Parenting, Hohm Press, 2010

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Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: “You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgments. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being molded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”

-- Doris Lessing

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[From the upcoming book, Your Child is Not Out to Get You, (working title)]

“How big is the moon?” four-year old Francis asks me. Resisting the impulse to give the “right” answer, I ask her, “What do you think?” “As big as the ocean, but rounder,” she replies. “Yes,” I concede. “You’re close. It’s very, very big.” My guess is that she is answering from her experience on a recent trip with her parents to the Pacific Ocean and has seen the vastness of that body of water. From her perspective, I want to support that “knowing” of interconnectedness, rather than offer her a linear response to that question. The Bauls of Bengal in India often express themselves in what they call “twilight language,” a speaking from the heart rather then the mind. I have experienced that young children, still innocent and connected to their heart/soul also talk that way when they trust the adults in their life won’t belittle them or correct their words.

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Jean Liedloff Video: Touch the Future

This interview with Jean Liedloff, author of The Continuum Concept, by Michael Mendizza (Touch the Future) is the best summary of her views regarding innate intelligence-capacity and how we routinely interfere with this at great harm to children, adults and society.

Joseph Chilton Pierce: Play is Learning

The state of authentic PLAY is nature's design for optimum learning and performance, at any age, in any activity. We substitute conditioning and call it learning, which is a big reason why retention is so low and dropout rates are so high. Five Stars!!! A must see for parents, educators and early childhood providers. With Michael Mendizza.

Joseph Chilton Pierce: Mother-Infant Bonding & The Intelligence of the Heart

"This brief nine minute program may be the most important you, as a mother, father or caregiver, will ever see. Bonding is much more than what we 'think.' It is a coherent harmonic resonance of one heart to another. The nature and quality of the mother's emotional state broadcast via her heart-energy has a profound influence on every stage of her unborn and newborn babies' development, physical, emotional and intellectual."

Dr. Gabor Mate: Attachment and Conscious Parenting

Gabor Mate, MD, co-author of Hold On to Your Kids, is interviewed by Lisa Reagan for Pathways to Family Wellness at his Kids, Culture and Chaos talk in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the spring of 2011. The event was hosted by Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts.

Gordon Neufeld: Raising Children in a Digital World

Developmental psychologist Gordon Neufeld (co-author of "Hold On To Your Kids") discusses how parents can prepare children to live and thrive in the digital world at the KMT Child Development and Community Conference in Toronto.