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Life As A Conscious Mom

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What can Jealousy and Envy Teach Our Children?

When we choose Conscious Parenting there is no shortage of teachable moments. Almost every situation offers us a moment to share insight, to point out something unique about ourselves or the world and to help our child become critical thinkers […]

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TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Sick and Tired of Getting Sick? Consider Bee Propolis

When it comes to preventative health and wellness, Bee Propolis is one of the most effective and supportive natural remedies available to us today. Propolis is considered an herb because it changes little from its material state. Propolis is comprised […]

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Where Have I Been?

It’s such a simple question, but such an involved question. December was a particularly challenging month for Caidin and it made me stop and reflect on this blog. I love sharing information, insight and guidance and my ‘way’ has always […]

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The NRA Wants Armed Gunmen In The Schools

I’m sorry, but when, how, why and in what world, does the NRA have any say into what happens in our schools. Their push to put armed gunmen in schools is unfathomable to me. Schools take considerable precautions today, ones we wish […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Reset Your Mind

Last year I had the opportunity to read iDisorder by Dr. Larry Rosen. (Interview with Dr. Larry Rosen) It is a book that explores the role technology has on mental disorders. But what I found most important in his book is the […]

Mirror, Mirror – Are You Reacting Or Are You Mirroring?

At the beginning of the year I asked to have more patience. There are a few ‘reactions’ that I have that I don’t like and I want to change them. For me, that process begins by first acknowledging and second […]

Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness or The Right to Bear Arms….Which One Should Win Out?

Last night I took Caidin to his Karate class. It’s at the gym of an area College. We got there early and spent most of the time talking about places to hide. He found a little space and said ‘that […]

A Key To Happy, Healthy Kids – Find Ways To Be Connected

Where I know there is no magic formula, nor are there ever any guarantees, I really believe that having connections with our kids contributes immensely to their health and happiness. In a day and age when everything moves so quickly, […]

Celebrating The New Year With Your Child – What Will You Create in 2013?

The New Year offers us both a time to reflect and a time to set out our intentions for the year ahead. As adults we do this, but it’s great to get your kids in the habit of doing the […]

An Unexpected Moment – When The Seeds Show Growth

The other morning I was in the kitchen putting the dishes away when Caidin came in. He had his Wisdom Cards in his hand and he said, ‘I haven’t used these in a while. I pulled two cards: Speaking and […]

A Glimpse into the Growth of an Almost Nine Year Old

I mentioned it a few weeks ago, but I’ll say it again, Caidin is going through a challenging growth period. This isn’t a physical one; it’s one that has elements of spiritual awareness, emotional growth, mental awareness and add to […]

Let Not The Lives Of These Beautiful Children Be Lost in Vain.

I am still reeling from the Sandy Hook tragedy, as I know many are. I am sad and I am angry. 20 beautiful lights are lost and it is unfathomable. It has touched us all – young and old; Republican […]

What Can We Learn From The Tragedy At Sandy Hook Elementary School?

I was at the Mall on Friday, tidying up the Canstruction® event and waiting for my son’s class to come and see it. His school was so excited to be a part of this regional event, they sent the entire […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: VEGAN CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES!

Cupcakes to me mean celebration. I love them. I love that they are small and can be individually decorated. So I’m always making cupcakes. In fact when someone shares something positive in one of my classes, I’ll often respond with ‘Cupcakes for all.’ When […]

My Baby Is Growing-Up

It’s happening. My little boy is growing-up. He is shifting and beginning to move through that little boy to young man stage. I never imagined how challenging this time would be or could be, both for me and for him. […]

Please Don’t Use Santa As A Threat

I love this time of year. I love the excitement and the good cheer and the decorating. But there is one thing I don’t love and that’s hearing parents use Santa as a threat. I heard it yesterday, ‘you better […]

Another Look At Life Lessons

Every so often Caidin goes through phases where he needs to test out and try on the behaviors of others. He happens to be in one of those phases right now. Now, if you have kids, you might be thinking, […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: The power of Cinnamon

Cinnamon isn’t just for flavor. It has a powerful healing nature based in its carminative (ability to break up gas) and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. In ancient times, because of its healing properties, cinnamon was invaluable and considered as valualbe as gold or […]

How Skype Helped Me Return To Speaking

I just returned from India. I was there for ten days and that is the longest I have been away from Caidin, ever. When Caidin was born, I made a commitment to be fully present for him as he grew up. I […]

Tuesdays Naturally: Homeopathic Support For Coughs

My body has a pattern. If I get a cold with nasal congestion, it eventually moves to my chest and becomes a croupy cough. For several years now I have been using a homeopthic product for Caidin called Children’s Chestal. […]

Converting Missing

I am in India. I haven’t been away from Caidin for longer than a school day since he was two years old. As I sat on the plane, sometime around 3AM, I started to feel it. That tugging that you […]

Unraveling The Fear Of The Unknown

Over the last week there have been a few occasions where I’ve noticed that any fear Caidin has, formulates around uncertainty. What’s interesting though, is that he doesn’t go to the worst case scenario, he just has the sense of […]

Caidin says, ‘Don’t let anyone make you feel smaller!’

Caidin has been having a particularly challenging first half of the school year. Friday was a really hard day for him and he was in tears by the time we left the school. I could tell he’d been holding back […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: Inner Peace – lives inside and can’t be taken away.

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Inner Peace Card #1 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ […]

Encourage Children To Be Full Of Themselves

Yesterday Caidin said, ‘I don’t want to be full of myself, but…’ I was surprised. One because I’ve been talking to students about this very thing (nowhere in ear shot of my little psychic child) and two because, I really […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: Alignment – A Gift of Grace and Ease

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Alignment Card #13 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Comfrey, my favorite herb, ever

This is one herb that I always have on hand. For me, it is the most powerful topical healing herb I have met. 12 years ago, I came up with a salve recipe that included Comfrey. I made up my […]

The Facebook Photos That Shouldn’t Have Been

Yesterday, it was a beautiful day and toward the end of it, we had that amazing sunlight that is so much a part of late Fall days. It was casting a warm glow on everything, especially Caidin, as with my lens, […]

An Open Letter To Today’s Tweens and Teens About Bullying

Normally my column is written to parents and grandparents and teachers in the hopes that they will see you as the strong and powerful people you are. In the hopes that they will support you and guide you in navigating […]

The Importance of Demonstrating and Teaching Compassion – RIP Amanda Todd

“Everyday I think why am I still here?” That’s just one of many thoughts 15 year old Amanda Todd wrote on plain white note cards, as she shared the hell that she had been enduring  via a YouTube video a […]

Don’t Just Talk, Explain Why – The Power of Detailed Conversation

Caidin’s National Geographic Kids arrived the other day. His Aunt Maria gave him a subscription, and he waits eagerly each month for the magazine. He goes through and reads every story, every highlight, out loud. As he read through this […]

What Is That Child-Like Quality?

Our caterpillars transformed into butterflies this past weekend. And just as we were fortunate to see the caterpillars spin themselves into their chrysalises  we were also fortunate to see the butterflies emerge. The entire process has been fascinating to witness and […]

How Do You Spot A Life Lesson?

I believe that at the very root of our lives is the spiritual desire to learn, heal and grow and we do that through the experiences (or life lessons) we have. These life lessons are most often situations that occur […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY – The Power of Breath

Sometimes adults can forget that children can and do experience stress. I’ve heard some adults say ‘what does a child have to be stressed about?’ Size and age has nothing to do with how we react to life experiences. Adults […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: Health – Whole Being Awareness

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Health Card #22 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

Who Am I To Judge? A Conscious Parenting Challenge

It’s a good question that we should all ask ourselves ‘Who am I to judge?’ Yet that’s what many of us do day-in and day-out and to make it worse, we do it in front of our kids. We talk […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Yarrow Flower Essence for Energy Sensitivities

Flower Essences are so helpful for children who are emotionally and energetically sensitive.  Flower Essences are a form of vibrational healing. They work by on an energetic level to remove, replace or transmute energies that are out of balance in […]

Awe Inspiring Moment: Lessons Learned From Caterpillars

Caidin has been asking me to get a Butterfly Garden for two years now and I finally did. It arrived several weeks ago and our caterpillars arrived Wednesday, September 19th. They came in a little container, full of food. There […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: Grounding – A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Grounding Card #9 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

Things I Find Fascinating About My Son

One of the most amazing aspects of being a parent is having the opportunity to watch another person grow, evolve and ‘become’ right in front of your eyes. From the little baby to the toddler to the child and beyond, […]

The Language of Hugging: 5 Reasons Your Child Hugs You

Caidin is a hugger. He loves to hug and be hugged. In fact, he can’t hug enough. Since I’m curious about why we do what we do and how that plays a role in our life lessons, I’ve done my […]

Can You Accept Your Child For Who They Are?

On Sunday, I posted on The Conscious Mom’s Guide Facebook Page a powerful piece written by Gabriel Arana, web editor at American Prospect. It was a personal piece called ‘My So Called Ex-Gay Life’ and in it he shared his […]

The Other Side of Fear – A Unique Way to Shift Any Emotional Experience

Caidin takes his guitar lesson after school and yesterday, I got there early so that I could attend a meeting about an event I’m chairing for the school. After the meeting, I was sitting in the common area, flipping through […]

Life Lessons From Differing Beliefs

What do you do when someone tells your child he’s going to hell because he’s not a Christian? Well, undoubtedly the first reaction is a bit momma bear-ish, but of course, that’s never the answer. The other day, that happened […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: Insight

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Insight Card #14 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

What Would Ever Possess A Child To Be So Mean?

I was recently teaching a class to my Advanced 12 Month Conscious Awareness group and we were looking at the energy and information that we carry related to how others see us and interact with us. As we were exploring […]

6 Things We Can Learn From Glue

Caidin got a bag full of foam bits and beads at a birthday party. It’s been sitting in our ‘catch-all’ draw for several months now, but a few nights ago (as a bedtime delay tactic) he got it out and […]

9/11 Becomes A Conversation About Tolerance and Freedom

Although I promised I would be back this week with Tuesdays Naturally, I would rather share my morning conversation with Caidin which was about the attacks on the United States, September 11th,  2001.  It started out a conversation about actions […]

The Power A Question Can Hold: Why Asking One Can Yield A More Powerful Experience.

The many ways in which kids use texting has been a well-covered topic by psychologists, educators, parents and the media. It seems that many of our children communicate through text. They ask each other out, they date, they fight and […]

The Difference 6 Grapes Make

Sometimes it’s hard for us to see how much our kids are growing and changing. We live with them day-in and day-out so unless they sprout up 5 inches overnight, their growth, maturation and evolution happens sometimes silently and subtly. […]

Back-To-School: What I Hope For Caidin

Caidin headed back to school today. He was so excited that he couldn’t go to sleep last night and he got up early this morning. Last night he went through a range of emotions from excitement to fear. At one point he […]

Is President Obama or Mitt Romney ‘The Bad Guy’? : Talking With Kids About Politics

On Sunday, Chuck and I tend to watch Face The Nation and The McLaughlin Group. Caidin is usually sitting nearby playing with his toys or reading. From time to time he will ask us a question about something someone has […]

What’s Labor Day?

Happy Labor Day. Wait is that right, do we wish each other a ‘happy labor day?’ Caidin wanted to know what Labor Day is and why we have it. Off to google I went. I get stuck in the details. […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: Embrace

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Embrace Card #36 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

Is Your Child Marvelous At Manifesting?

When I look at today’s children I see amazing beings. They are powerful, they are compassionate, they are forgiving, they are intelligent and many of them run at really high vibrations. Of the many gifts today’s children have, the ability […]

How To Raise A Boy To Be A Healthy 21st Century Man – 10 Suggestions to Get You Started

When I look at the men of the world today, I understand why there is so much anger and resentment toward women. Most men today have no role model to work from. Their father’s world doesn’t exist anymore. Gone is the 1950s […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Tips To Stay Healthy As We Head Back-To-School

It’s important for everyone to stay healthy as we head back-to-school so these tips aren’t just for the kids. With a Naturopathic background, my philosophy is always prevention first. If we can avoid getting sick, that’s the best way to […]

Back-To-School Offers An Opportunity To Talk About Practicality Verses Novelty

Walk into any store and you will see Spider-Man backpacks and Princess lunch boxes and every kid dragging their parents to look at them. What kid wouldn’t want those? All it takes though is a cursory inspection to realize that […]

What did you do today? Nothing. (Helping Your Child Talk About Their Day)

When parents ask me for insight one of the common frustrations during the school year is that their kids won’t talk to them about what they did during the day. When asked ‘What did you do today?’ The response is […]

Kids Are People Too: 5 Things To Never Do To Your Kid

We spent the day at the Dutchess County Fair yesterday. It was a wonderful day full of interacting with animals, eating bad fair food and riding on questionable fair rides. We returned home, full of experiences, excited about our plans […]

Outgrown Clothes, But Not Memories

Who would have thought that cleaning out the clothes drawers would spark a major reflection and emotional downturn? But that’s exactly what happened when I declared that it was time to sort through Caidin’s drawers and weed out the clothes […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: Movement – Why It’s Essential To Your Child’s Well-Being

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Movement Card #33 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

Just What A Parent Wants To Hear: Is This Your Child?

Caidin and I were at the grocery store the other day and I let him run off to the cereal aisle to pick a few boxes out. I was in the next aisle over and I could hear him talking […]

Supporting Your Child As Their Body Changes- Four Thoughts

Last night I was teaching my ‘Journey of a Thousand Women’ class. It’s based on a book I’ve written entitled ‘I Am Woman, Fully Empowered’ and it empowers women to truly embrace being Spirit in a female body, to own […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Plantain – A Backyard Godsend For Healing and Nutrition

Today’s societies view so many valuable plants as pesky weeds and Plantain is at the top of the list. I’m not talking about Plantains, the cousin of the banana, I’m talking about the herbaceous plant that can be found all […]

Everyday Ways to Empower Your Child’s Math, Science and Reading Skills

Learning is not something that is done just at school, nor is teaching. I believe parents should play a big part in helping their children learn everything from math, to science to reading to spelling and grammar. I know we are […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: CONSCIOUSNESS

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Consciousness Card #23 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

INSIGHT: If You Keep Getting the Same Lesson, Ask a Different Question.

Yesterday I drove home from a visit in Buffalo with my Mom.  Caidin was happily watching movies in the back which left me with seven hours to listen to the radio, sing along and eventually to just think. Quite a […]

6 Ways to Get Your Toddler to Talk To Their Long-Distance Grandparents

I met a Mom who lived in Brooklyn and her parents lived in Austria. She commented that her toddler wouldn’t talk to them on the phone and when her daughter sees them in person she is also hesitant to interact […]

Wanted: A Parent Who Will See Me and Hear Me. P.S. I’m Not Coming In Until I Get One!

Many of the children coming into the world today are conscious and have no intentions of losing their consciousness. Unlike our generation and generations before, ‘children should be seen and not heard’  is a model that no longer applies. Try […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: EXPAND – Guidance to Help Your Child With Fear, Lack and Uncertainty

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Expand Card #39 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

What Can Animals Teach Our Children?

Yesterday Caidin fished a frog out of the pool. He asked me if we could keep him. I don’t like bringing animals in from the outside as I feel they have their own life and we are taking them away […]

Eight Of My Favorite Books To Read When Caidin Was Little (and Why Reading To Your Child is So Important)

Reading has always played big part in our life with Caidin. We started reading to Caidin when he was a month old. My husband Chuck would even read the sports section to Caidin with a sing-song voice. Whether that’s why […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Keep Head Lice Away Naturally

When we lived in Brooklyn, NY, Caidin started pre-school and within the first month he brought home a letter from the school Nurse alerting me to the fact that someone in the lower school had head lice. They don’t tell […]

Is it Wrong to Take the Biggest Piece?

This weekend I overheard my husband correct my son for taking the ‘biggest piece’ and it got me thinking about the way in which our children learn to understand giving and taking, which ultimately transcends to how our children understand […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: VIBRATION

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Vibration Card #18 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

Letting Your Child Grow-Up

Caidin’s growing-up. He is getting taller, his interests are changing and (at times) his acknowledged need of me is less. He is more comfortable running off with friends and no longer needs the physical ‘check-in’ of a hug that once […]

My Son’s 8 Favorite Things To Do In The Car

Whether car rides, bus rides, train rides, plane rides or long walks, finding ways to keep kids engaged can make or break everyone’s experience. I was going to write a list of five things to do in the car, but […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Flower Essences for Fear and Uncertainty

Whether it is world events or situations more closer to home, like going back to school or nightmares, Flower Essences offer children drug free emotional and mental support. Flower Essences (not to be confused with Essential Oils) use the energetic […]

Aurora Tragedy: How Do We Talk To Our Children About Violence, Terrorism and Death?

I seldom watch or read the news so I often don’t know what’s happening out in the world. There is no ‘good’ news. It’s all about death and violence and who did what to whom. TV News Producers will tell […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: PATIENCE

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Patience Card #40 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) […]

The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Yesterday Caidin and I went to Adams Fair Acre Farms café for dinner. I had picked him up from a friend’s house and on Wednesdays, Caidin’s Dad teaches at NYU so he doesn’t get home until late. So I figured […]

6 Important Things I’ve Learned About Being A Parent

There are definitely way more than six things I’ve learned about being a parent, but these are some of the top things. Being a Conscious Parent is truly a full-time job and it’s a lot like putting a puzzle together as you […]

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Colic and Gas in Newborns

I was asked by a new mom over at The Conscious Mom’s Guide about Colic in newborns.  Caidin had colic so I know how challenging it can be for both new parents and baby to deal with. I can remember […]

Tuesdays Naturally – Epsom Salt Baths For Everything from the Emotional to the Physical

My answer to just about anything is ‘take an Epsom salt bath.’ Whether it’s sore muscles, aches from cold and flu, the onset of any kind of imbalance (cough, sore throat, fever), even fear, worry and sadness, my answer is […]

Conscious Children – Conscious Choices

Many of today’s children are intensely conscious beings. They can connect cause and effect at a very early age and they have a unique ability to see through the façade and sleight of hand of words and actions to unmask […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: CREATE something wonderful!

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Create Card #20 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special […]

Conscious Parenting: Making Sure Your Child Doesn’t Become an Adultescent

My husband sent me an article that appeared in The New Yorker yesterday entitled “Spoiled Rotten: Why Kids Rule The Roost,’ written by Elizabeth Kolbert. In it she asks the question ‘are we raising a nation of ‘adultescents’? It isn’t […]

10 Ways to Be a Kid with Your Kid

Being silly, laughing, giggling, playing – sometimes as parents we forget to have fun. We get so serious and so wrapped up in the need to, have to, ought to and should dynamics that all the life goes out of […]

TUESDAY NATURALLY: The Power of The Potato

People give me a weird look when my son falls and bumps any part of his body and my reaction is to grab a white potato and slice off a piece to put on the bumped area. But the potato […]

How To Create A Drama-Free Relationship with Your Child, or Anyone for That Matter.

Why do children go through stages where they push back against us? We read a lot about the ‘Terrible Twos’, but many parents will tell you it doesn’t end there, it goes on to the ‘Torturous Threes’, the ‘Fitful Fours’, […]

The Real World Importance of Building a Healthy Communication Space with Your Child

Yesterday there was an article about kids watching Internet Porn (Rude awakening: Teaching our kids the abc’s of XXX). The article quoted a UK poll which found that ‘75% of teens said that their parents never discussed Internet Porn with […]

5 Steps to Help Your Child Overcome Fear

Whether it is bedtime or fireworks or maybe it’s sitting on Santa’s lap, children will have fear about things they don’t understand, things that their minds can’t wrap around, things that are just too big to put into context and […]

Empower Yourself and Your Child Through Natural Healing – Every Tuesday!

This weekend, Caidin and I were standing in the kitchen and I was mixing up a natural remedy for myself. My body has been giving me ‘warning’ signs for a few months now, but it wasn’t until last week that […]

How to Teach Your Child to Tell the Truth, or Rather How to Not Teach Your Child to Lie. The 4 Simple Steps to Follow.

Many parents inadvertently teach their children to lie. Here’s the scenario: Parent:‘ Did you do this?’ Child: ‘Yes’ Parent: ‘Go to your room.’ Your child learns that by telling the truth they get in trouble. The next time: Parent: ‘Did […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: LOVE

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Love Card #2 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Card (Special […]

Nickels and Dimes- How Knowing Your Child Can Help Them

We got Caidin’s end-of-the-year school report yesterday. The teachers at his school are so great. Twice a year we get an in-depth written report that details how he is doing, what his strengths are and where he can improve. They […]

5 Ways to Make Summertime Memories

I want to make sure that Caidin has good memories of growing up. Some come naturally, but I also try to find moments that will create lifelong memories. I love the summer for this. Life slows down and we can […]

No Shortage of Firsts – Letting go of fear.

My Mom took us to Disney World last year. We stayed for a whole week at the All-Star Music Resort and visited each of the theme parks. It was a wonderful experience, for the most part. One day, on return […]

How to Empower Your Child’s Inner Knowing

“When we support our children in knowing their own truth it empowers them in ways we can’t even imagine.” I said that. I said it because on Friday I was witness to one of those magical, jaw dropping moments when […]

Friday Wisdom: See Your Child and Let Him See

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. See Card #24 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Card (Special […]

Do You Know The Deeper Reasons Your Child Is In Your Life?

My work revolves around seeing the bigger picture – of why we are here, of who we are, and why we are in each other’s lives. I look at core life lessons and at Spiritual agreements. A Spiritual agreement is […]

5 Things To Say To Your Child

There are certain things I always say to Caidin and I see how they affect him. His eyes light up, he has a sense of pride and he in turn says many of these things back to me. One is […]

Teach Your Children the Importance of Honesty, Value and Equal Exchange of Energy

I just read a blog post by David Lowery over at The Tricordist: Artists for an Ethical Internet. (Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered. | The Trichordist.) The post was in response to a 21 year-old woman who […]

4 Ways to Celebrate The Summer Solstice With Your Child

This Wednesday, June 20th at 7:09 pm Eastern Time marks the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and for many it signifies the official start of summer. In pagan tradition however, Summer actually begins on May 1st and […]

Lessons Learned From My Father

I want to take a minute to honor my Dad who passed away in 2008. For 40 some years he was a dentist with a private practice and played a great role at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo […]

Friday Wisdom: Focus

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Focus Card #11 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Card (Special […]

Summer Transition: Another Opportunity to Demonstrate Flexibility

Yesterday was Caidin’s last day of being a second grader. He had a half day of school so we celebrated by going to lunch at a local diner and talking about our best memories of the year: top three events […]

5 Out-of-The-Box Ways To Know Your Child

We are all different. We have our physical differences, but beyond that we respond to information and situations differently, we learn differently and we experience the world differently. I  like to say ‘my red, cannot be the same color as […]

How To Teach a Taurus Child About Fractions

Spring break is upon us and when I was a child my family always went down to St Pete’s Beach in Florida at this time of year. From the age of seven on, it was a highlight of the year. […]

Teachable Moments Rather Than ‘Preachable’ Moments: 3 Ways To Incorporate Teachable Moments Into Your Everyday.

When Caidin was little, we found ourselves not only describing and explaining things to him, but being sure that we added adjectives and adverbs to every sentence. So instead of saying ‘that’s a dog,’ we’d say ‘that’s a big brown […]

Chasing Perfect Parenting

I’m a glass-is-half-full person, I’ll admit that. I always look at the upside, the opportunity, and the silver lining. I believe that positivity creates more positivity and that our thoughts create our reality. This morning I was planning on writing about ‘perfect […]

Friday Wisdom: Meditation For Your Child

Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously. Meditation Card #31 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Card (Special […]

Teaching Your Child to Stand Up For Themselves – 4 Conscious Parenting Insights

One of the best parts of my day is when I wait at our gate for Caidin to arrive on the school bus. I look forward to seeing him at the top of the bus steps, smiling and all set […]

5 Things For A Graduate of Any Age

Whether your child is graduating from Kindergarten or from College, in the anticipation and excitement of this hallmark moment we oftentimes skip right over the really important parts. What is ‘graduation’? Technically, graduation is the conferring of a degree or […]

Understanding Your Child’s Frustration – What you Need to Know and 3 Steps to Help.

Put yourself in your child’s place and imagine for a minute the following: You have a toy that you absolutely love, it’s yours, you carry it with you everywhere. Although you aren’t consciously aware of it, the toy gives you […]

Insight: Need More Time? Be In The Moment.

About 12 years ago, the notion of ‘being in the moment’ kept coming up for me. It was coming up in conversations, in books I was reading, showing up on the cover of magazines; it just seemed to be everywhere. […]

Friday Wisdom: Compassion

  FRIDAY WISDOM is based on Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (The Special Moms’ Edition) Compassion Card #3 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Card (Special Moms’ Edition) Today I drew the Compassion Card. I had to sit and think […]

Are You Bribing Your Child and You Don’t Even Know It?

When you bribe your child, you condition their behavior: do this and you’ll get that. There are the obvious bribes like “be a good boy and we’ll go for ice cream.” In this case you are conditioning their behavior with […]

5 Important Things To Model For Your Child

My dad had this amazing ability to teach anybody anything. He couldn’t swim himself, in fact he wouldn’t even go in the water, but he taught me to swim. He never played a day of tennis, yet he went to […]

Oh Sweet Elusive Balance

When I talk to other moms, whether expressed or alluded to, balance tends to be part of the conversation. As we are nearing the end of the school year, not one or two, but several moms have said to me […]

Insight: How to Have Patience

There are times when I lose my patience with Caidin and I absolutely do not like it. In my meditation this weekend, I decided to focus on understanding this dynamic. I was reminded of the old adage, ‘If you ask […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: CALM

FRIDAY WISDOM is based on Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (The Special Moms’ Edition) Calm Card #41 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Card (Special Moms’ Edition) Today I drew the Calm Card. What better way to end the week, then with […]

How The Vocal Get In Trouble

Several months back Caidin was repeatedly getting in trouble in school. Not capital ‘T’ trouble, mind you, but he was being asked to leave meeting or being spoken to by at least one teacher every day. He would get in […]

5 Ways to Empower Your Child

It can be hard to remember what it was like to be a little kid. If we consider the experience purely from a size perspective alone, we might be able to remember somewhat. Just the fact that the world is […]

What Pokémon Are You? Or, How To Learn More About Your Child.

Our son Caidin, who is eight, loves all things Pokémon. He has the cards, he has the DS Game, he watches it on television and when his best friend Sam comes over they make up Pokémon games to play on […]

Walkin’ My Talk

I recently released my first book, 50 Ways to Live Life Consciously, and true to everything in my life, this experience is giving me so many opportunities to ‘walk my talk’. It is also reaffirming my belief that one of […]

FRIDAY WISDOM: GENTLENESS

FRIDAY WISDOM is based on Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (The Special Moms’ Edition) Gentleness Card #16 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Card (Special Moms’ Edition) Today I drew the Gentleness Card. Things are so challenging for us these days that […]

Happiness is Reflected in Our Eyes

Caidin has his final ‘share’ of the year at school today. On their ‘share’ day, kids get to bring something into class that they want to share with their classmates. (It’s the new form of show-n-tell – same idea, different […]

5 Simple Yet Meaningful Ways To Connect With Your Child

Some of my favorite moments happen when Caidin and I are doing things that allow us to ‘just be’. These moments create a great sense of connection. If your child is little, start doing these things now and they will […]

Who Am I?

About a month ago I was on the radio talk show ‘Tell Me Your Story’. Host Richard Dugan and I had a great time talking about everything from Conscious Living to kids. After almost an hour, the interview was coming […]

What Will Your Last Words Be?

What will your last words be?  We really have no idea and I’m certain most of us seldom think about it. What got me thinking about this was a loss our family experienced. Alice, a woman very near and dear […]

Children Are Small, But Their Problems Are Life-Size

We lived in Brooklyn, NY for most of Caidin’s life. We moved when he was six (he’s now eight). Walking around the neighborhood was a daily activity. Although many people don’t realize it, NYC and it’s Boroughs are broken into little communities.  […]

Mother’s Day – Why Mother’s Day is My Day

  For me Mother’s Day is my day. It’s not a day for others to recognize me or do things for me or give me things. It’s a day that I get to take a moment and truly relish the […]

Insights: Accept Your Life

I meditate every day. It isn’t the transcendental, raise yourself to some other place, kind of meditation, but rather a process of connecting body to earth and creating a space where information can come to me about the way we […]

Is Technology Making Your Child a Narcissist or Obsessive Compulsive?

Book review: Dr. Larry Rosen, a Research Psychologist and an international expert on the Psychology of Technology just released his 5th book iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold On Us. (Watch my complete interview with Dr. Rosen […]

Defining Moments: Bully on the Playground

When Caidin was four he met a boy at summer day camp. I can’t remember the boy’s name now, but I do remember the boy. He was the same age as Caidin, but that was the only thing they had […]

Life As A Conscious Mom

  Life As A Conscious Mom With Christine Agro To say that I’m excited to be blogging here at Beliefnet is an understatement. Conscious Living and Conscious Parenting are my life and I look forward to sharing stories, insight, guidance, […]

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What can Jealousy and Envy Teach Our Children?
When we choose Conscious Parenting there is no shortage of teachable moments. Almost every situation offers us a moment to share insight, to point out something unique about ourselves or the world and to help our child become critical thinkers about not only their lives, but the world we live in.

posted 8:01:24am Feb. 19, 2013 | read full post »

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Sick and Tired of Getting Sick? Consider Bee Propolis
When it comes to preventative health and wellness, Bee Propolis is one of the most effective and supportive natural remedies available to us today. Propolis is considered an herb because it changes little from its material state. Propolis is comprised of resins which bees collect from tree buds a

posted 9:38:43am Feb. 12, 2013 | read full post »

Where Have I Been?
It’s such a simple question, but such an involved question. December was a particularly challenging month for Caidin and it made me stop and reflect on this blog. I love sharing information, insight and guidance and my ‘way’ has always been to share real life stories. I think they help y

posted 11:03:37am Feb. 11, 2013 | read full post »

The NRA Wants Armed Gunmen In The Schools
I'm sorry, but when, how, why and in what world, does the NRA have any say into what happens in our schools. Their push to put armed gunmen in schools is unfathomable to me. Schools take considerable precautions today, ones we wish they didn't have to. But really, if a school system feels the

posted 1:57:31pm Jan. 17, 2013 | read full post »

TUESDAYS NATURALLY: Reset Your Mind
Last year I had the opportunity to read iDisorder by Dr. Larry Rosen. (Interview with Dr. Larry Rosen) It is a book that explores the role technology has on mental disorders. But what I found most important in his book is the notion that our brain doesn't 'shut down' when we turn off the computer,

posted 9:18:07am Jan. 15, 2013 | read full post »

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