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4 Steps to Handling Negative Emotions

Emotions are the names we give our feelings. Good emotions such as happiness and joy are easy to feel and understand. People have trouble processing negative emotions such as anger, jealousy and grief. Negative emotions are more complicated and scary, but they also lead us to examine what is lying underneath the feeling.

Parents have the opportunity to teach children that negative emotions are not necessarily bad because they hold valuable lessons about our experiences. For example, we often react with anger when our children are angry. Instead, we need to allow children to recognize what the anger is attached to, feel its depth, identify how it can be transformed and then learn to release it from their mind and body.

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10 Intuitive Pathways of Parenting

What are the intuitive pathways that can be incorporated into the family environment to encourage confidence and independence?  The ebook, Raising a Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting lays out the chapters on intuitive pathways in easy to follow steps that are best introduced at young ages, but can be productive when used at any stage of development during a child’s life. These pathways are tools that encourage spiritual growth. They are:

  • Touch
  • Self-soothing
  • Imagination
  • Emotions
  • Role-playing
  • Humility
  • Forgiveness
  • Compassion
  • Truth
  • Interdependence

This blog post will focus on the first pathway, Touch.  

Touch is one of the most powerful forms of bonding. It creates an energetic connection that affects the resonance within the individual who is receiving the touch. It is a non-verbal way of saying a variety of caring, loving expressions such as “I love you,” “Please listen to what I am saying because it is important,” “I care about you,” and “I am here and present with you in this moment.”

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Two Ways of Love

Within the expansion of spiritual awareness comes the concept of love. There are two ways of loving: one is with conditions (which is the way most people show love) and one is without any conditions at all.

Conditional love is based on control. It is when your behavior shows, “I will love you  only if…” but you don’t actually say it to your child. Examples of this are when your child does something that you don’t like that limits your ability to love purely, or, when you have an idea of something your child should be, but is not, and you hold back love. This happens all the time, and most people aren’t even aware that they are doing it. We like to think that we strive to give unconditional love.

“To love unconditionally, we love with no strings attached.” Click To Tweet

Loving unconditionally  is the process of allowing children to be who they are and loving exactly what you see in them. It has nothing to do with control and everything to do with freedom. It is the ability to celebrate your child in their uniqueness.

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Connecting with your teenager

I want to talk to you parents, guardians, individuals that are raising children that are adolescents. Maybe they are in their pre teen years approaching adolescence.  Maybe you have a child that is acting out a bit and giving you a hard time. This is the issue and the topic I want to cover today in this video.  One thing I found when I was studying for my masters program for marriage and family and child therapy and what I have found in the real world and in my coaching practice, because periodically I coach parents on parenting and when they hit these road blocks and need just a little extra special attention, that we all need to practice our listening skills.  

There really is an art to listening. Click To Tweet

And I know as well because I am the mother of three grown children myself, and parenting can be very very hard.  Especially when we hit the adolescence with our kids.  Its as if they are poof and gone. One day you have this incredible child that communicates with you openly maybe gives you hugs in public, wants to talk to you, wants you to be included in their activities. And the next day they’re gone.  Its like where did that child go that we knew for so many years.  And it can be so frustrating and it can be really scary.  So the one thing that we need to practice as parents is being a better listener, me included at times.  I tell you what its not necessarily easy and it takes some practice and it takes patience.

Listen to the rest of the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr7YBqLzdsg


Julianna Lyddon

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What do you teach your children?

What do you teach your children?


Do you teach your children about their power?

In other words, do you teach your children that they hold their power…that their power doesn’t exist outside of themselves. We spend lifetimes looking for our power in others….. searching for the quick fix, the magic remedy, the answer to our problems, the elixir that will stop our bodies from aging and on and on.

We need to start believing, on a conscious level, that we possess all the power to fix our lives, to live in abundance, to feel happiness on a daily basis, to create joy and bliss on all levels!

Don’t forget to instill in your children this philosophy of personal power and that their answers for a happy life lie within them….not through someone else.

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Listen to the Stories

Listen to the Stories

Do you listen to your parents and grandparents stories?


So often we dismiss their stories for rambling and boring because we have heard them so often.

The art of story telling has almost become extinct in our culture. Click To Tweet When someone is telling you their story, often there are lessons, history, meaning, and beauty interwoven throughout. This is the individual’s legacy, their journey, their life, their purpose.
So next time grandpa starts to ramble….really listen with your heart and hear the messages underneath his words…you will find his truth and beauty and maybe be able to pass it along to the next generation as a story for all to learn from!
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