Friday, August 6, 2010

A Whole-child Approach to Parenting

My guest blogger today is Caron B. Goode. Dr. Goode is a licensed psychotherapist, who completed her post-doctoral certifications in Wellness and Women's Spirituality at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. In addition, she holds the titles of National Certified Counselor and Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association. She is the author of ten books, the most recent Kids Who See Ghosts, Guide Them Through Their Fear. Caron’s article below is excerpted from her book, Nurture Your Child’s Gift: Inspired Parenting.

We have become fragmented in our worldview and developed segmented disciplines in our society: medicine treats the body; psychology deals with the mind; education trains the intellect; and religion cares for the soul. However, in the last fifteen years the field of psychoneuroimmunology has demonstrated that the mind and body are one system and the components cannot be isolated from one another. To do so creates disorder.

The concept of wholeness has combined the various disciplines and presents a menu of options from which parents can choose appropriate techniques to assist their children in the skills required to successfully recognize their gift and live their dream. In the institutions of higher learning, we have

• Constructed new theories of intelligence and emotional development of children
• Mapped the emotions in the body
• Discovered where thoughts are anchored in the brain tissue
• Observed how the stress chemical, cortisol, hosts a trail of symptoms that predict ill health
• Learned how appropriate breathing can assuage the stress symptoms
• Demonstrated how music can soothe emotions and relax the heart
• Proven that when we can express ourselves in a variety of modalities such as movement, art, dancing, or sculpture, we feel better and function more effectively
• Documented the effectiveness of mind-body technologies about which the National Institutes of Health reported in its 1992 Report on Alternative Medicine.

My book, Nurture Your Child’s Gift, assists parents by providing the latest information for a whole-child approach to empowering the dream. It shares mind-body advances from such fields as medicine, sports, psychology, and education and applies them directly to developing our children’s esteem, empowerment, and expression, the building blocks of dream making. The techniques can be as simple as playing the right piece of music to soothe ruffled emotions and as natural as taking a deep breath to ease stress symptoms.

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