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Sharpening your child’s imagination

There are several intuitive pathways of parenting and I would like to share one of them here.  These pathways are tools that encourage spiritual growth.  One tool is Imagination. Imagination is part of the creative life force energy that moves through each and every one of us. Every person on this planet has creative ability. Ask yourself what you most like to do and chances are your answer will involve using creative energy. Parenthood offers great opportunities to engage in these kinds of activities with children.

When we are involved in a creative endeavor, time seems to stand still. We get lost in our creative bliss and when we come out of the activity, we are surprised at how long we were engaged in the project. This is an example of living in the present moment. Imagination keeps us in the here and now, celebrating thoughts, ideas, pictures and symbols.

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Sharing the Joy!

Julianna Lyddon, the creator and owner of Enlighten Candles Arizona, is as she says, “candle obsessed”. She believed there was a way to create a candle that threw a powerful scent, but was also as Eco-friendly as possible.

Julianna’s newest passion is her Enlighten Essentials line of skin care products.  The Essentials line includes 4 products; the Body Butter, the Hydrating Facial Serum, the Lip Balm and the Skinfood Essentials.  Each one is crafted by hand in small batches in their factory located in Prescott, Arizona.

To celebrate and to share the joy of Mother’s Day, Julianna has created the Sentiments Candle Collection and most especially the “I Love You Mom” candle for your special Mother’s Day gift.

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Create an “Imagination Board”

This is a fun activity for all ages. You may use poster board, foam board, cardboard . . . whatever backdrop you want. Collect pictures that represent the desires you want to imagine into your future.

The sky’s the limit! Let your imagination soar! Paste, staple, or tack your pictures to the board as you collect them.

Keep your Imagination Board in a place where you will see it every day. Take time each day to look at the pictures, then close your eyes and allow your imagination to create a story for you in a manner similar to the healing symbol work where you created a movie to run through your mind. Be detailed.

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Make Valentine’s Day a Family Affair

 

Julianna Lyddon spent another amazing afternoon with Channel 12 on the Arizona Midday show.  She shared some suggestions on how to make Valentine’s Day a family affair!  She says we can spread the love while you are spending the day together.

Some ideas to get you prepared and how to get started:

  • Have a prep party – have your kids invite their friends over to prepare valentines for school
  • Create a Valentine Phone Chain – Call loved ones that may be out of town and remind them that you love them and ask them to spread the love by calling someone else
  • Share the love – Get the family together to create and then to deliver and share valentines with those in nursing homes or closed other community centers and hospitals
  • Treasure Hunt – Make clues and create your own treasure hunt throughout the home or out at the park.  Use clues that are developmentally appropriate for your children’s age.
  • Candlelight Dinner with the kids – Ask your kids for suggestions on meals and have a candlelit dinner with their help in preparing and setting up.

 

Be sure to have a special date night with your partner at least once a month to keep a happy and healthy family unit.

To listen to the complete interview on Arizona Midday, click here!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Julianna Lyddon

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Two Ways of Thought

When it comes to being a parent there are two important ways of thinking. When understood and put into practice, they create a solid foundation for your child’s growth and development.

Each child is an opportunity, not a property.  Each new life is a gift that you get for a borrowed amount of time. It is a beautiful chance for parents to guide and fill children with as much love, knowledge and inspiration as possible so they can be sent into the world as wise, self-trusting and responsible adults who know how to use their own intuition. These intuitive pathways encourage growth and personal power. Let your children know what a gift they are to this world.

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Clearing the Blocks for Healing

 

Are you feeling blocked in your personal or business life?  Have you lost your enthusiasm and motivation? Have you lost your sense of imagination and creativity?

In Julianna Lyddon’s workbook, Tapping Into Your Imagination, Julianna uses techniques and exercises to help you to “tap into your imagination.”

Here are a few steps to take as you begin your new year to help you to clear the blocks for healing and moving forward:

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Getting Through the Holidays

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Hey its Julianna Lyddon with Connect with Julianna and so I am here to give you a little bit of “free” therapy advise. And as a therapist, you can imagine this time of year I get bombarded with questions about how am I going to make it through the holiday season. I have to see this extended family member, or I have to have in laws come into town. And I want to pull my hair out! How can we not end up fighting with our spouse? Or feeling completely stressed out?

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Are you thinking about moving in together or getting married?

 

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Hi its Julianna Lyddon here and so today I want to talk about something that came up my classroom. I teach college kids, incoming freshmen in Arizona and today we were talking a little bit about habits and how we can stop behaviors before they become habitual and having that real awareness of what a habit is and how long it takes a habit to be actually formed and really getting in there and making that unnecessary shift.

Some of the kids brought up….. we have such great discussions …and some of them brought up this concept of relationships and marriages and how complicated that can be when two people have very specific habits. And how they come together in a relationship and how it can be extra difficult at eradicating or even really making the shift that’s very necessary so then the conversation kinda parlayed into someone asking if I believe in premarital counseling and so we had a discussion about that and I absolutely think that if individuals would go to see someone before they get married or even moved in together more marriages would be salvaged… would be saved.

Listen to the complete video here.

 

 

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Family Travel Tips

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Click here to listen to Julianna’s interview on Arizona Midday to keep your family vacation in the Fun Zone!

 

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Parenting Tip #1- Listen to Your Intuition

Parenting Tip #1- Listen to Your Intuition

 

Listen to Your Intuition! 

Earlier this week I blogged about Julianna’s suggested resolutions to strengthen your family.  She suggested that one way was by being in the present (put away your cell phones) and not over-committing your children with structured extra-curricular activities.

On this month’s Arizona Midday segment, Julianna continued the conversation by adding these great tips:

Listen to your intuition. We as females and as mothers have a great sense of what is usually called “Mother’s intuition”.  But we get bombarded by others telling us what we should – and should not – be doing. Don’t let others talk you into doing something, or not doing something, when you inner voice tells you otherwise. 

Don’t forget to self-care. Take some much-needed “me” time. Maybe keep the sitter around for an extra hour so that you can take a walk around the block, or maybe take a long luxurious bath. Take that extra time to decompress.

We as females have such a keen intuition! But we don't always listen to it. Click To Tweet

Read to your children more. Most children’s books tell you what age they are for. Maybe go up a level and read to them from a book a little more advanced than their age. It may bring about some wonderful and deep discussions.

Go outside more with your children. It not only feels good to be with them outside, but it is good for us.

Give one surprise a month to your children. Or once a week. Or once every other week. Whatever feels right for you and your family. Let your children know that there is a surprise coming, too. That builds the anticipation and it’s also something fun to look forward to. And then the surprise could be something like serving your children breakfast for dinner. Or taking your children out for ice cream one day after school. Or having a family game night before bedtime. All these activities are not just fun, but bonding as well.

 

 

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