Conscious and mindful parenting necessarily leads parents to think about conscious education. The preferred solution would be to offer children a school they love. If there is no child-friendly school in your area, NLC Consulting can help you learn how to provide an inspiring home environment and become an advocate for your children’s needs at their current school.
“Through Mindful Parenting, parents learn the power of allowing their children to live in a state of “being” rather than incessant “doing.” Instead of imposing their will onto their children, parents learn to build alliances with their children in a manner that optimizes their inherent strengths and virtues. Here, the parent-child relationship is viewed as a two-way street where transformation is deeply and mutually reciprocal.” – Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Phd
Dr. Shefali’s Mindful Parenting concepts are easily adapted to the educator-student relationship. As with parenting, educators learn to allow children to live in a state of being, avoid imposing their will on them and learn to build alliances with children.
The NLC approach provides a container for conscious educators to remain in ongoing dialogue with their students and adapt themselves, their learning environments, and teaching methods to the genuine needs of their students. In addition, educators in the NLC model learn to take care of their own needs and heal from personal childhood wounds, thus interrupting the chain of negative conditioning transferred from generation to generation.
Conscious parents are willing to learn together with their children and keep their hearts and minds open to find an educational approach that is suitable for their child.
So let’s not give up on the possibility of creating conscious schools. NLC is dedicated to helping create child-friendly schools worldwide through its online courses and personalized consulting:
– Existing schools can transition to child-directed learning and non-invasive teaching.
– Homeschooling parents can find like-minded parents, connect in groups, and share learning environments, hands-on materials, and other resources.
The NLC facebook group is an online forum for educators and parents to connect online:
Here are a few links to books about Conscious Parenting:
Dr. Shefali: The Conscious Parent
For infant and toddlers: Emmi Pikler, Anna Tardos , and Magda Gerber discovered self-directed learning for infants and toddlers. Janet Lansbury is continuing their work and adapting it to our time:
Janet Lansbury: Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting