Principles & Practices of Conscious Parenting – Part 5

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Principles & Practices of Conscious Parenting – Part 5

Independence & Community

Principle: Children need to realize their strength and capacity as an individual while feeling that they are a valued and essential component of a larger group.

This sense of comfort in a group begins in the family and transfers to other social situations, assisting children in being confident in diverse situations.

In Practice: Have family meetings in which each family member has time to express what they are struggling with or unhappy about.  Ask that these feelings be expressed in terms of what s/he would like to see done differently.

Avoid arguing about the past and instead focus on the future. Let each person speak without being interrupted (adults as well as children) and give equal value to everyone’s feelings. Let kids give their ideas for how problems might be solved before you jump in and give them your opinion.

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Wendy Garrido, founder of, helps new & soon-to-be moms give birth confidently, make parenting more fun, and raise children who believe in themselves and care about others. Wendy chose her own schools from the age of 2.5, when her mom told her that she would know which school was right for her, based on how it made her feel. She lives in Oceanside, CA with her husband, Prem, and daughter, Shanti, born in May 2012.

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