The Conscious Family Team is a team of professionals in York Region who support, guide and aid those who want to do their best each day to love, cherish and respect their children, and who want to learn and grow from their roles.

Giving birth and raising a family consciously used to be a matter of instinct. We trusted our bodies and our feelings to do the right thing. We learned from our families, and our communities how to care for and raise our children, and we just knew it would be okay. We had the support of those close to us - the village helped us to raise our children. There was no internet, no 24 - hour medical centres or helplines, and no bookshelf stocked with 50 or so of the latest advice books from "the experts", usually celebrities. Mom was at home during the day to lend a hand with the washing, or your neighbour would pop by with a casserole when times were tough.

These days, we're lucky to know our neighbour's first name. And if we need advice, we're more likely to consult Google than our brother, sister or mother. The village is truly gone.

Here with the Conscious Family Team, we want to bring the good days back by being your village and helping your family and village grow.

We believe that in order to accomplish these tasks, parenting must be a conscious endeavour, meaning that we are willing to examine ourselves, our background, beliefs, motivations, behaviours, and how these aspects affect the way we parent. Let's find the positives in the way we were parented, recognize the lessons we learned and empower ourselves to trust our own intuition and emerge as the parents we want to be.

Decisions made prior to conception, during pregnancy and in baby's first year and beyond provide the foundation for the creation of a conscious family. By consulting with one or more of the Conscious Family Team members, you will be inspired to take initiative to choose the style of caring for yourself and your infant/child that resonates with you and you'll be connected to the tangible tools and resources to support you on your journey.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Change your child's diet and watch them flourish!

There are far too many families out there who are suffering due to the effects of food. Children who are misbehaving, not able to focus, getting sick frequently and not sleeping properly are rampant. So many parents are at their wits end. How can we fulfill our purpose in life if we are not at our best???? How can we feel joy, on a regular basis, if this is how we are living?

When we fill a gas tank with gas, the car runs. If we were to fill a tank with donuts and chips, the car simply wouldn't run. The human body is so sophisticated and incredible that it will run for a while on donuts and chips! But over time, chemicals, sugar and bad fats weaken all areas of the body. We all know someone who is sick or has passed away due to health issues. The number one way to keep our children healthy and fulfilling their purpose is to feed them healthy foods. It means going back to the way things used to be....homemade meals, lots of fruit and vegetables or purchasing foods in the health aisles of regular grocery stores or from health stores. There are TASTY, healthy alternatives to all foods out there. Just try a "Twilight" chocolate bar from Nature's Emporium or at the very least, share it with a friend.

There is still time to help your child..... and yourself before school starts! Dare to be different.

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