The Way of the Peaceful Parent

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‘… and she loved a boy very, very much– even more than she loved herself.’ ~Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree

There is no such thing as stress-free parenting.

A reader requested that I share my thoughts on stress-free parenting, as the father of six kids. And while I have learned a lot about being a dad, and finding joy in parenthood, I also know that stress-free parenting is a myth.

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20 Things to Stop Letting People Do to You

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By Marc and Angel

It’s time to…

1. Stop letting people drag you into needless arguments. – Never waste your time trying to explain yourself to people who have proven that they are committed to misunderstanding you.  And don’t define your intelligence or self-worth by the number of arguments you have won, but by the number of times you have said, “This needless nonsense is not worth my time!”

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11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew

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After 25 years practicing pediatrics, and caring for thousands of children, I’ve noticed some patterns that offer me a deeper vision of health. Here are some of those invaluable lessons:

1. Growth and development are not a race.

These days we’re in such a rush to grow up. In our mechanized, post-industrialized world of speed and efficiency, we’ve forgotten that life is a process of ripening. To get good fruit, you need to nourish strong roots. Pay attention to the ground that supports your child’s life: Go for a walk with your child, eat with your child, play together, tell him a story about your experience as a child.

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5 Mind-Blowing Quantum Experiments Showing Reality Is Not So Real

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No one in the world can fathom what quantum mechanics is, this is perhaps the most important thing you need to know about it. Granted, many physicists have learned to use its laws and even predict phenomena based on quantum calculations. But it is still unclear why the observer of an experiment determines behavior of the system and causes it to favor one state over another. “Theories and Applications” picked examples of experiments with outcomes which will inevitably be influenced by the observer, and tried to figure out how quantum mechanics is going to deal with the intervention of conscious thought in material reality.
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Turning Wounds into Wisdom: The Power of Transforming Pain into Strength

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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

As our inner work unfolds, we often discover many setbacks and may even experience traumatic events that fundamentally change us. Even in the healthiest families there can be significant emotional wounds leftover from our youth. But these don’t have to be unfortunate occurrences. And maybe they weren’t even accidental. Perhaps “fate/destiny” had something else in mind for us, in order to catalyze a particular type of personal development that requires trauma for its genesis. What hurts us can cripple us, but it can also shape us into something more powerful.

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Stop Resisting: Surrender to Your Body to Transform It and Your Life

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“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Most people don’t realize that your relationship with your body affects your entire life. Why? Because if you are fighting with your body, you are fighting with yourself. And if you are fighting with yourself, you are resisting what you truly desire in life.

I know too well what it feels like to fight with your body. I had the same fear as most people…

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3 Reasons to Have More Plants in Your Home

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Plants are a powerhouse of wellness for your home. They’ll provide you with a host of benefits, and they’ll make your house look great while doing it. I’ll admit, I’ve been kind of obsessed with this idea lately, and I think you’ll find the concept intriguing as well after learning about the myriad benefits they offer.

1. They purify your air.

You probably know that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen; plants in your home are no exception. Oxygen affects every part of your body and mind, and making sure you get quality air is essential to your well-being.

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Homeschooling: The Learning Revolution

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“I want to be able to give to my children what I never had.” How often do we hear these words in our culture and it always seems to amount to one thing: material possessions. It is a sad plight that big people are not as evolved as little people.

After going through the “expected” steps of becoming an adult; getting married, having kids, obtaining the college degree, achieving the “American dream.” A few breakthrough occurrences happened to me within a short time, and I came to the realization that I wasn’t living life from my heart, but going through the motions of life like a robot, by my own admission. I never felt comfortable sitting in a room with my peers discussing the latest episode of “Lost” or “American Idol”, rather I would retreat somewhere alone, often wondering why I couldn’t be content with what seemed to make other people satisfied.

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Scientific Proof Plant-Based Diets Can Prevent Chronic Disease Deaths

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The leading cause of death in the world is heart disease. It accounts for about 30% of all deaths and is most prominent in middle-income and high-income countries. If you were to examine the diets of these countries, you would find high concentrations of hydrogenated fat, meat, dairy and fast foods. The number one cause of heart disease is the food we consume, so it should be no surprise when we hear of these statistics considering the average diet. If we examine further chronic illnesses like, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, they account for about 35% percent of all deaths annually. The good news is, these numbers do not have to be like this. Forward thinking scientists over the course of the last few decades have made it quite clear that eating a diet mainly consisting of plans, fruits, nuts and seeds promotes optimal health. Add a healthy lifestyle of joy and exercise and chronic illness is greatly reduced.

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The Power of Solitude

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“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.” ~Henry David Thoreau

You don’t need to be a monk to find solitude, nor do you need to be a hermit to enjoy it.

Solitude is a lost art in these days of ultra-connectedness, and while I don’t bemoan the beauty of this global community, I do think there’s a need to step back from it on a regular basis.

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