The Power of Unstructured Learning by Susan A. Haid

The Power of Unstructured Learning

If you are an enlightened, conscious parent, teacher or caregiver, then we have something special for you! We’ve put together a short video production designed to keep new ideas and inspiration flowing. Ultimately, we desire to be part of the movement to create new, gentle and evolved approaches for guiding our children. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent, teacher or caregiver. If you consider yourself to be a highly progressive individual  who is on board with the evolution of conscious work with kids, then click on the link below and take a listen…

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For more information about enlightened, conscious parenting, teaching and caregiving, visit www.radiantartscenter.com, www.lilystruth.com and www.peaceoutproject.com.

 

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Guiding the Transformation of Wounded Energies in Children by Susan A. Haid, author, Lily’s Truth

From The Parenting Sessions…

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Convention would say that a playground is a place of games, a place of delightful little children running gleefully about without a care in the world. Although there may be some truth to this, in essence, the playground is a place of dramatic energy exchange, the undertones of which are often not-so-playful. Much of the time, the playful nature of a child is a vehicle for grand expression and joyful expansion through the senses. This is where Creatorship begins, through play and experimentation.

The consciousness of a child is a compilation of unseen structures that emerge into physical reality that now must be filtered through this thing we refer to as the mind. What ensues is a set of responses or reactions to a given set of circumstances that feed or reinforce the mindset of the child. Beliefs and ideas concerning reality are innate within the being from birth. The…

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5 Keys to Raising Children of Worth; A Spiritual Perspective by The Parenting Sessions

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DSCN7804 Supporting the development of self-worth in kids has been a highly debated topic often marked by complaints of overindulgence, unjustified praise or constant ego-boosting. Amidst the heated debates, however, there is an elegant solution to this very fragile and misunderstood concept.

Initially, children have blind trust in the world and in their caregivers. For a short period of time during a child’s early years, the reasons for this are obvious. And, it goes without saying, the safer the environment, the better for the child.

Eventually, however, the child must engage with the world as it is, as painful and as challenging as that may be. So, let’s cut to the quick. What can we do about this?

Well, we can do a lot, quite frankly, using a few simple yet powerful tools.

Although it may sound counterintuitive, the first seed we can plant within our child’s budding awareness is the idea…

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5 Keys to Raising Children of Worth; A Spiritual Perspective by The Parenting Sessions

5 Keys to Raising Children of Worth; A Spiritual Perspective by The Parenting Sessions.

Beyond Labels: Lessons from Autism and Parenting

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When I started blogging, I thought my topic would be autistic and neurodivergent children and their mothers.  The more I wrote, the more challenging it became to work the words autism and autistic into the text. Writing “autistic child” felt forced.  Why? I wondered.

I realized that I don’t relate to the term “autism mother” and everything I write applies to all of my children – not just to my autistic son. It is not because he is not special, but because they all are. We all are.

I could write about IEPs and the gluten free diet and innovative therapies for autistic children.  But there are already many blogs, newsletters, books and magazines on these topics.  They are being done well by other people.

I find myself sharing wisdom imbued in me by my children.  I write about what I’ve learned along the way that has made our lives…

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Building Self-Worth in Children: Using the Imagination to Keep Kids Connected

Parenting Sessions Childhood Innocence PhotoDressing up as a wizard or a faerie, sprinkling glitter through the air, meandering silently through the forest as a unicorn plods peacefully alongside you, quietly observing the brilliance of a single flower as it blooms in the sunlight, and feeling the mist of Avalon as it creeps across the lake…these are the tools of a very progressive parent.

At 11:00 AM Rocky Mountain Time on Wednesday December 18th, 2013, we will be presenting Part 2 in a series of discussions about building self-worth in our children.  There are many key elements to consider to keep a child in touch with their budding awareness of self, self-worth and self-love.  In this series, we will be discussing the use of intuition in parenting, parenting from your soul to your child’s soul, maintaining healthy energetic boundaries with your child, helping your child stay connected to their inner knowing, and playing within dimensions such as Avalon or the Faery realms to invite the gentleness, joy and simplicity of our true nature back into the challenging energies of Earth.  Join us for these vitally important, exciting and timely discussions.  Real or imaginary?  We’re going to discuss the importance of the imagination in children and why it matters so much in ways you may have never considered.  Also, please send us your questions or stories in advance or call-in live to Awakening Zone Radio!

Here’s the link: http://awakeningzone.com/Episode.aspx?EpisodeID=2533

For more information, visit http://www.ParentingSessions.com, http://www.lilystruth.com and http://www.peaceoutproject.com.

The Telling Hug by Susan A. Haid, Founder, Peace Out Project

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Last week I was teaching a chapter from the Peace Out Project to a classroom of upper elementary school children. For those of you who don’t know about the Peace Out Project, this is a peace promotion, bully prevention program.

The chapter I was teaching is entitled “True Heart”, and this chapter gives the facts about the extreme abuse that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth experience on a day-to-day basis.  It tells the truth about the isolation, deep despair and desperation these kids feel.

The kids in my class, as always, were truly compassionate about the topic. There was no giggling, joking or awkwardness. They were totally cool with the entire presentation, and actually, had a lot to add about respect and sensitivity towards GLBT peers and classmates. So awesome.

After the chapter was complete, one boy ran up to me, wrapped his thin arms tightly around my waist and hugged me with the abandon of a soul newly unleashed. I was surprised, to say the least, but I didn’t really know why I was gifted with such a spontaneous show of sincere appreciation.  I gladly accepted the gift and gratefully returned the hug.

Days later, this child remarked, “I never heard anyone say it was OK to be gay before.”

Humph.

I’m now treated regularly to wonderful hugs from my dear little friend.  To witness the change in his self-worth is what is so tremendously gratifying and what the Peace Out Project is all about.   I believe this child now sleeps better at night than ever before because he knows that his dad is more than OK, his dad is perfectly beautiful.  I’m sleeping pretty good too.

The kids in this class understand how important the concepts of acceptance and compassion are.   But for them, these are more than “concepts”.  Just ask them, and they’ll tell you all you need to know.  And, you’ll also see what brilliant, open-hearted teachers they are.  You can’t help but get the message.

After all, doesn’t a hug ever so simply say it all?

For more information about the Peace Out Project, visit www.peaceoutproject.com.

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