Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
Parenthood gives us so much to be grateful for every day—even in its most challenging moments. Feeling gratitude is important, especially at this time of year. But at Thanksgiving, I find myself thinking about another core value that ties into this holiday…
Thanksgiving is a celebration of our communities, familial or otherwise. We gather to share food and enjoy each other’s company. It’s one of the few holidays that isn’t centered around gifts or greeting cards. Instead, it’s all about togetherness—and, yes, eating yourself into a post-dinner food coma. 😉
As a parent, the concept of community means so much to me. The old saying we’ve all heard holds so much truth: it takes a village to raise a child.
Building a supportive community is key to conscious parenting. You need people you can rely on who understand your parenting goals and have your children’s best interests in mind.
That’s why we started the Conscious Parenting Revolution Facebook group. In this space, you have the opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded parents who support each other in raising independent, responsible, well-adjusted children.
But community isn’t just important for parents. It’s important for children, too.
Raising your children to build their own community is vital to their success in life.
Community-building begins earlier than you might think. Your child finds a buddy to share crayons with on the first day of kindergarten; they join the local t-ball team. The communities children build for themselves in these formative years have an enormous impact on the kind of people they grow up to be.
I know what you’re probably thinking: “Whoa, Katherine! That sounds like a lot of pressure.”
It doesn’t have to be.
As a conscious parent, you have the tools to help your children build healthy communities that will fulfill and support them as they grow older…
When you encourage your child to advocate for their needs, you help them find friends and support systems that can take care of them.
When you build a foundation of trust with your child, you show them how a loving relationship looks and feels so they can seek that out in their other relationships.
When you encourage your child to be independent, you teach them how to establish and maintain healthy boundaries.
The little things add up. Trust your gut, and as we navigate this holiday season, remember to demonstrate the value of strong communities to your children. They learn best by example!
Love and Blessings,
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