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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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Children and Intuition

Our children are growing up in a society with many unhealthy outside influences that can lead to drug addiction, self-esteem issues, acting-out behaviors, apathy and no direction or purpose in their lives. Parents have the opportunity to counteract these negative patterns by incorporating the intuitive pathways. When children learn to get in touch with a deeper part of themselves–the part that feels, listens and experiences the world in a comprehensive way–growth and enlightenment actually happen.

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What is intuition? It is usually referred to as the inner voice—something that often arrives as a feeling rather than an intellectual, reasoned thought. It may start as a physical sensation, a feeling or an idea that pops into your mind out of nowhere and moves through your body and urges you to listen. We are all born with intuition. Intuition is what helps us determine right from wrong. When we pay attention to our intuition, it can protect us in dangerous situations, help us discover our life’s passions and desires and develop an inner trust for making good decisions.

Why is intuition important? The quick answer is that it leads to increased confidence and independence. When children are raised to listen to their intuitive messages, they learn to trust in their own feelings and thoughts. Decision-making becomes easier and more reliable.

Click here to purchase the ebook, Raising a Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting, or contact Julianna Lyddon directly at connectwithjulianna.com.

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An example of spiritual living

When parenting you need to have rules and consequences for behavior, but sometimes what goes missing within the family dynamic is a depth of spiritual significance. This does not mean that you must be a church member or identify with a certain religion. It does mean that you get in touch with your spiritual self. When you use your creativity, humor and imagination to solve family problems, you are using the gifts of your spirit for the greater good. When you give yourself the space to be who you are, you will be able to grant your child the same kind of space in which to grow and allow them to learn about their own spirit.

Spirituality means searching for your truth, recognizing that people are different in their own unique ways, celebrating your gifts and learning to share them with the world for connection and healing. There is far more depth to your life than your everyday routine. Know when you are stuck. Have the courage and the inspiration to dig deep into your soul to know how to change for the better.

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If you pay attention to this intuitive voice, you will model this behavior for your children. Later, they will model this for their own children.

Raising children involves teaching them to search for their purpose and to learn to create their own happiness, to listen to their heart and feel the confidence to follow it no matter what others think. Parents must expect children to ultimately answer to themselves and not feel the need to impress others or seek unnecessary approval. The way to do this is to use your intuition. This is an example of spiritual living.

Intuition is one of our greatest assets as human beings. We are all born with intuitive wisdom, but we don’t always pay attention to this inner voice. As parents, we may not have been socialized to embrace our own intuition, so we don’t encourage our children to listen to theirs.  When parents give themselves permission to expand this level of awareness, it enriches their lives and overflows into the lives of their children.

This is an excerpt from the ebook, Raising a Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting.  To order the complete copy, click here.

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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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Following the Pathways of Inner Wisdom While Parenting



There are ten intuitive pathways that can be incorporated into most parenting styles for the purpose of enriching a child’s spirit. When these pathways are used throughout the child’s growth it fosters a sense of independence, confidence and meaning that many children lack in today’s world.

The ebook titled, “Raising a Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting” is about the unspoken connections that lie at the base of all relationships. Intuitive pathways will help parents recognize the fullness of each child’s purpose. They are familiar staples of parenting but they aren’t discussed often. This ebook explains them in a new way with deeper meaning and substance.

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Raising a Happy Spirit

Raising A Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting


Happy Spirit

One thing that makes this book, Raising A Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting, unique is that it is a mini-book!  The concept behind a mini-book is that you will find powerful messages in a small package. And the small package makes it easier for you to understand, easier for you to assimilate the concepts into your daily lives, and easier for you to pass the information along.

Based on her philosophy that we need to develop deeper more meaningful relationships with our children, Julianna has provided concepts in this book that will not only help teach children compassion, humility, forgiveness, self-soothing and inter-dependence but also teaches us, as parents, how to integrate these concepts into our daily parenting routine.  

Happy children who are loved and celebrated become well-adjusted, confident adults. But how do you get them there? This book is full of insights about intuition and will help us discover its importance and see the uses it has for teaching what is really important in everyone’s life.

Raising A Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting is available at http://connectwithjulianna.com/products/ or on Amazon.com


Julianna M. Lyddon, M.C., of Paradise Valley, Arizona is a specialist in marriage, family, and child therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from University of Kansas and a Masters in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. A true intuitive therapist, Lyddon uses her well-developed and life-long skills to work with her clients to help them find an effective kind of introspection to fit their needs. She’s married to Jim Lyddon and is a mother of three grown children. 


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It’s Okay to Say No

On a recent “Arizona Midday” segment, marriage and family therapist and author of Raising A Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting, Julianna Lyddon spoke about the importance of saying “no” to your children, explaining that it’s okay to say and not doing so can cause more harm than good.


It's Okay to Say No

Host: Why is is so hard for us, as parents, to say “no” to our children?

Julianna: Well, it’s easier to say “yes”! We don’t want to deal with the consequences like temper tantrums or pouting. But, we do need to assess when “no” is necessary because children who are raised by adults who never say “no” grow up to become adults with an entitlement mentality that just doesn’t work in the real world.

Host: And I’ve heard you say that there is a difference between “Praise” and “Encouragement”?

Julianna:  Yes. Praise is just empty compliments and puts your child on a pedastal, whereas encouragement gives the child the opporunity to own the experience.

Host: What are your thoughts about allowing a child to fail?

Julianna: Adults know that some of our greatest failures are also are greatest lessons in life. So when there is a opportunity to teach your child to grow or learn from a negative experience, really try to do that.

Host: What are your thoughts about children and competition?

Julianna: Competition is good for all of us! Get your children involved in athletics! They learn about being part of a team and about winning and losing. Talk to your child about how they can improve their skill set.

Host: What are helicopter parents?

Julianna:  A helicopter parent is a parent who hovers and suffocates the child. We need to realize when we need space from our child because they need space from us too. 

Host:  So then if parents do these things, they will make a happier spirit – a happier child.

Julianna:  Yes! It’s natural that we just want to nurture and take care of our children. But we need to stand back and recognize how we can make them confident and independent as adults.

It's Okay to Say No

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