Why we should all color outside the lines…

I think as parents we have all been in the situation where our children are producing something — be it a painting, a letter to a grandparent, a special drawing or holiday decoration — and all of a sudden it takes a turn into the land of an unidentified dark cloud or obscure Rothko-esque painting. And whether the child is beaming at you in expectation of his masterpiece or struggling to hold back the tears of not being able to accomplish his vision, it is our reaction that can use this situation to build our child up or unfortunately lead him into doubts of insecurity.

I love this post by Andrea at Stroller Savvy about Why Children SHOULD Color Outside the Lines. It talks about how we should set aside our perfectionist expectations and encourage our children to be and express themselves. Also to take a breath and really think about how our reactions can so easily taint their curiousity and confidence. Then it reflects even deeper into thinking about the big picture of what we really want for our children:

I want him to take risks and be unafraid of failure.

I want him to to express his creativity and individuality without pressure to conform.

I want him to think outside the box without repercussion.

I want him to be spontaneous and have fun without holding back.

I want him to try new things without the constraints of perfectionism.

I want him to act with passion not restriction.

As a parent it can be hard not to reflect our pressures onto our children and let them be free to grow into themselves. I thought this was a great reminder of little things we as parents can do encourage our children and not hinder their growth.

To see the whole article, please visit: http://strollersavvy.com

love!

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Affirmation #22

Affirmation #22

10 amazing qualities children can learn from their parents

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I love this post by Desirée at The 36th Avenue :

http://www.the36thavenue.com/2014/06/10-things-children-learn-from-parents.html

Ten valuable qualities that children can learn from their parents. She gives such simple but powerful insight into being a positive role model for your child and the importance of gratitude, integrity and loving yourself. Really loved it, a must read!   ♥

 

Don’t quit your day dream…

Don’t quit your day dream…

Affirmation #21

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You are a Wonder!

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Life is Sweet : inspiring a life of mindfulness, meaning, and magic

Life is Sweet: inspiring a life of mindfulness, meaning and magic, is an inspirational book for kids that celebrates the specialness of your child and builds confidence and self-esteem.

Life is sweet is a beautifully illustrated children’s book written to inspire mindfulness and self-confidence in your child while also celebrating just how wonderfully special and unique they are!

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Inspiration is the motivation…

Think about the love you have for your child… what is the feeling that you want to resonate in their hearts? What is the message you want to instill deep down in their soul? What are the most important things that you want them to know about creating a life of happiness and love? What are things that you think would help them most in life — things you wish you were introduced to at an earlier age?

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What makes Life is Sweet so special?

Life is Sweet is an inspirational book for kids that celebrates the specialness of your child. It connects with children through common childhood phrases and teaches them mindfulness through positive affirmations and words of wisdom. It is a message from your heart to theirs that opens up a rich dialogue for sharing a special connection. It teaches them to be mindful of their wisdom and build a strong foundation of confidence and self-esteem. It shows them how deep the meaning of life is and how truly special they are.

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This book will make a difference in your child’s life and in yours, enriching the core of their inner beliefs and transforming the special connection you have with them. It will help your child realize, at an early age, the importance that they are, the gift that they hold — for you and to the world. It will help them connect to their feelings and find strength from within that will help them so much in their years to come. It will open them up to their inner power, their creativity, and a world of possibility. It is sure to enrich their life by empowering them from within and building the foundation for a life rich with love and happiness.

parenting, children's book, inspiring kids, Life is Sweet Book, motherhood, confidence, imaginationLovingly created and beautifully illustrated

Pictures, stories, design and insight, help shape the way a child perceives the world they live in. These are some page spreads from my book showing the illustration style and overall look of the book. I’ve used a combination of illustration (hand + computer), collage, and watercolor to bring a mix of media that I think will be very interesting and fun for kids, and incorporated it in a way that I feel brings out the beauty of the book.

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A little about me

I have a very deep love for children. I want children to grow up realizing how wonderful they are and truly know the special meaning they have in this world. I want them to realize their importance and to celebrate their individuality.

As a mother this is such an important message I want to instill in the hearts of our children. Not just our three wonderful children that we’ve been so blessed with, but every child. I believe that every child deserves to grow up knowing how special they are. Every child should start their life with a foundation of love and wisdom that will help create a beautiful life for them. They should know that they are a miracle and a gift. Their life really should be sweet.

We, as parents, have the power to make a difference in our childrens’ lives. We are given the most important responsibility of influencing them. We are the hands and hearts that guide them into this world, to build a positive foundation for them, for a life filled with love and happiness. We can open their hearts, and we can open their minds to endless possibilities, to inner strength, to kindness and gratitude. We show them how important they are through our love and care. We celebrate their individuality, we cultivate their spirit. We show them how to love and how to appreciate and live life to the fullest. We show them the importance of family, of healthy relationships with friends and healthy relationships with themselves. Life is Sweet guides these principles. All these things we know in our heart and want for out children.

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The first book in a series of inspirational books

I believe that words have the power to transform. Especially at an early age, children are constantly absorbing information and forming a foundation that will influence their entire life. I want to plant seeds of love in children. I want to build confidence in them and empower them by helping them to better know themselves and celebrate all the special qualities that only they uniquely have.

I believe that words have such great power. They can bring happiness, connection, mindfulness, love. They can make a significant difference in your child’s world. They can tap into your child’s heart and mind and make that heart connection they so deeply need.

This is the heart behind Life is Sweet.

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Life is Sweet is the first in a series of inspirational books I am creating for young children. The other books I have in progress are:

I am Beautiful — A very important book that teaches young girls that real beauty shines forth from the inside.

I Dream of Being… — A delightful book designed to inspire kids to dream as big as they possibly can, because there is no limit to who they can be.

You are Wonderfully Made — An inspiring book to teach young children how God is at work in their lives and all around them, and to help them come to have a personal relationship with Him.

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Life is Sweet is to be published in October 2014 

Affirmation #20

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Inspire your children to dream…

Inspire your children to dream…

inspiring greatness in the world

“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world
than a transformation of the way we raise our children.”
— Marianne Williamson

 

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Together we grow.

Together we grow.

What is your parenting style?

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Sometimes I think we forget how much our children teach us.

I think about all the things our children have taught me and continue to teach me daily… the beauty in the ordinary, being present in the moment, loving unconditionally, thinking without boundaries, excitement in their imagination, the wonder of trying new things, confidence that they can do anything, a never ending desire for learning, discovering their character… of course this list could go on forever. I feel so grateful as a parent to recognize this.

For the last few years I have immersed myself in every book, audio and article I could get my hands on about being a better parent, raising consciousness in our children, and inspiring mindfulness in every thing they do. I’ve been developing a book “Life is Sweet,” about raising mindful children by helping them develop a more consciously driven life because I believe this is where their full potential can be found — in love, happiness, relationships, confidence, and knowing themselves. As a parent I think it is our goal to empower these things in our children. And in all this research I’ve noticed so much change in myself. So imagine my delight when I found Dr. Shefali Tsabary on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday yesterday. Her book, The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children is a completely different insight to parenting, and the extraordinary benefits – to our children and ourselves – about rethinking the parent/child relationship. Her book offers revolutionary ideas on raising happier and more conscious children. She believes that traditional methods of parenting and disciplining are broken, and that if done consciously, the parenting journey “holds the potential to be a spiritually regenerative experience for both parent and child.” Amen.

The following are some excerpts from her book and her interview ‘How to Raise a Conscious Child’, which can be seen here : http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Full-Episode-Oprah-and-Dr-Shefali-Tsabary-on-Conscious-Parenting

 

You are raising a spirit throbbing with it’s own signature

We enter the journey thinking that our children will fulfill this idealized version of ourselves and every time they do that we applaud them but every time they fall short of that we are triggered. But what they are really doing is showing us a mirror to our undeveloped self. We are calling on our children to represent a piece of us that hasn’t even developed yet …a sense of wholeness.
If we don’t pay close attention to them, we rob them of this right to live out their destiny. We end up imposing on them our own vision for them rewriting their spiritual purpose according to our whims.
“When you parent, it’s crucial you realize that you’re not raising a mini-me, but a spirit throbbing with it’s own signature.”

 

To connect with your children, first you need to connect with yourself

Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child “know it all” approach and more towards a mutual parent-with- child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence. “…the time to awaken is now, the parenting paradigm needs to shift… now we need to look at our children as equal if not greater transforming agents.”

 

How consciousness changes how we parent

While we believe we hold the power to raise our children, the reality is that our children hold the power to raise us into the parents that they need us to become. For this reason, the parent experience isn’t one of parent versus child, but of parent with child. The road to wholeness sits in our children’s lap, and all we need to do is take a seat. As our children show us our way back to our own essence, they become our greatest awakeners.

A conscious parent is not one who seeks to fix her child or seeks to produce or create the perfect child, this is not about perfection. The conscious parent understands that this journey is an undertaking, that this child has been called forth to raise the parent itself. To show the parent where the parent is to grow. This is why we call our children into our lives.

 

Being a fully present parent, celebrating the importances of our children and celebrating ordinary day-to-day moments

One problem is, we don’t want our children to be ordinary beings, we want them to the greatest manifestations of ourselves. Dr. Tsabary believes that in order to parent consciously, we must redefine success. When parents focus on external things, such as report cards and sports trophies, what they’re really doing is neglecting connection and consciousness, which children really need to be successful.
Little realizing that it’s in the ordinary moments, brushing their teeth, tying their shoes, that call for connection.  While many parents are tempted to shower their children with gift, she says what children really want has no price tag. That fully engaged parental presence is truly priceless. 

Unconscious mistakes that parents make is that we make purchases rather than create experiences. We project that whatever fills us is going to fill them. Children don’t come into this world wanting things. We feel guilty when we cannot give our children the things they want, the things their friends have …we can empathize with our children for what they are wanting, and instead of entering a place of guilt if we could just enter a place of full on presence and say I will compensate through my presence, that could be the most valuable gift you could give your child. Your child may not realize it then, but you are building his inner sturdy foundation.

 

 

 

You are amazing

You are amazing

Life is Sweet

Life is Sweet!
Inspire the hearts of your children, celebrate their childhood, and create a foundation of love and mindfulness that will last a lifetime…
I’m so blessed and thankful for all of the loving support that people have shown me towards my book and my dream of sharing it with children everywhere. I’m 2/3 of the way to reaching my goal of publishing this very special book. I’m so, so close, but I only have 6 days left in my campaign! That’s not a lot of time but I’m faithful that there are so many more parents who share the same love and inspiration for their children as I do for mine. If you haven’t given my book a look, please do — and if you like it please share! It doesn’t take a lot of people to make a difference, just a lot of LOVE!https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/217270085/life-is-sweet

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Anything can happen, child. Anything can be!

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How great is Shel Silverstein?

Shel Silverstein was one of the first authors that I really remember. My aunt gave me his book “Where the Sidewalk Ends” when I was very young and I remember pouring over and over it. I still have it and almost every page is dog eared and worn! I used to read it and color in the black and white illustrations, all the while dreaming along with him. I saw this quote and it brought back so many memories. Such an wonderful message for our children. Books have so much impact on our children’s lives. They help shape them as they grow. They inspire them to dream.
Does your child have a favorite go-to book? One that you know you will always keep with fond memories? I hope they have so many!

I am a Child of God

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