Posts Tagged ‘parenting tools’

The Unintended Consequences of Sticker Charts

The essence of the Banyan

I will attempt to capture the essence and insight of this story.  Tonight at voice lessons, my almost 5 year old son sits down on the piano bench and pulls out his sticker chart.  To the teacher’s astonishment, all the square blocks have been filled in with hand- drawn smiley faces.  Unbeknownst to me, this is Henry’s clever handiwork.  As he knows, when the chart is full, he will earn a prize.

Sitting in the kitchen, listening to this exchange, I wonder what the real purpose of sticker charts is.   What lesson had the teacher hoped to teach? Read the rest of this entry »

Less to Need and More to Be – Part II

I am using a comment from the tribe to springboard more depth into yesterday’s blog post, Conscious Parenting | The Call to Raise Yourself.

Michelle,
I have been very happy to see your blog and watch it’s growth. I have sent several people to it over the last couple of weeks. I think you have really found something that suits you and that you have a gift for.  I wanted to share a bit of my experience and thoughts about Maslow’s work.  I find his work compelling but I feel it leaves out a lot of what makes us human.  Read the rest of this entry »

Keep the Peace on Snow Days

peace on snow day

After 4 ½ snow days, I have read numerous panicked facebook posts about what to do with “little monsters” and the havoc they create, teenagers playing video games for countless hours, and families in complete chaos of stuff, things, noise, and junk food.

It is not only possible to survive the snow days, but also to keep the peace.   Read the rest of this entry »

Stronger Roots | yoga for the grounded gardener

yoga on the rocksI have briefly mentioned my introduction of yoga into my daily Blisscipline, and decided to share a little more of what I have discovered.  Yoga is the equisential model of less is more.  Quite literally, you need nothing except yourself and your breath.  It is the minimalist’s muscle of health and fitness:  less equipment, less movement, less thought for more balance, more strength, more well-being. Read the rest of this entry »

Increase Your Child’s Trust Account – Part II

Due to the significance of trust, I broke down the practical application into two parts.  The first was the indirect ways we build trust – through our integrity, respect, transparency, and correcting our wrongs.   This is Part II of the two-part series on increasing your child’s trust account through conscious parenting.  In both parts, the underlying principle is live your highest values and trust will resonate.   Read the rest of this entry »

Increase Your Child’s Trust Account

Whether the value is known or not, every parent has a trust account with their children.  If conscious parenting calls us to awareness with action, then it may be time to read the balance statement of our children’s trust account - is it overdraft or increasing in value? Whatever the current balance, there are mindful steps we can take to plant, restore, and grow trust. Trust can improve the quality of every relationship, and is an essential ingredient to grow a garden of plenty. Read the rest of this entry »