The fabric of the family unit is continuously evolving. Today’s family looks nothing like it did 50 years ago, let alone 10. Millions of children are now raised by single or divorced parents, grandparents, guardians, parents of different religions or races, gay or lesbian parents, or adoptive parents. Single parents account for 32 percent of family households with children under 18, and one in two children will live in a single-parent family at some point in their childhood, while one child in every twenty-five lives with neither parent. And, of course, with the changes in our economy, children are living at home longer while also growing up in homes with multiple generations.
In addition to the changing makeup of our families, perhaps the most significant changes are found in the growing number of challenges family’s face — homelessness, poverty, economic instability, anxiety of all kinds, drugs, isolation, and lack of love. It’s a tough time to raise a family — to raise our children into the responsible, loving, and spirited men and women the world so desperately needs.
Young people need our help more than ever.
On my website, I have this beautiful quote from Marianne Williamson, which reads: “There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.”
I love this quote. It speaks to my lifelong belief that the need for conscious parenting has never been greater. I understand it sounds like a monumental undertaking, but it is achievable and easier than we think. Humankind has already proven its power to change the world in dramatic ways. When we put our hearts and minds into a challenge, we can accomplish anything. We have put humans on the moon, sent rocket ships to Mars, and cured diseases across the globe. I don’t see why we can’t bring more love and awareness to our families or why conscious parenting can’t become this millennium’s most significant achievement!
After all, “saving the word” is at stake.
Conscious parenting will not only help us raise awakened and happy children, but it will make the world a better and more peaceful place to live. Every time we raise a child with love, justice, and hope in their hearts, we send love, justice, and hope into the world.
So, what is conscious parenting?
At its core, conscious parenting is helping our children awaken to their Divinity while supporting them as they seek to recognize their purpose on earth and the unique gifts they were meant to share. How can this not create a planet full of happy humans who will bring beauty and purpose into a world starving for meaning?
When we raise the consciousness of our children, we raise the consciousness of our planet. And in doing so, we also improve our relationships with our children, both on a physical level, as well as on a deeper Soul level. There should be joy in the family, and this is our first step.
So, how do we begin this journey to conscious parenting?
Well, for starters, May 15 is the United Nation’s International Day of Families. I can’t think of a better time to commit to bringing more love and awareness into our families. After all, change begins with personal responsibility for what we bring into our world (inner and outer). At the same time, I welcome you to check out my Zero Frequency Conscious Parenting Workshop, which is designed to help you discover your best self in service of your children.
Of course, while global and community events are always a great way to begin the process of change, we would be well served to remember that the challenge of raising conscious children starts at home. And by home, I don’t just mean within the four walls of where we live, but inside the four walls of our consciousness (which has no walls at all).
You see, deep in the core of our Being, we all know the truth: conscious parenting begins in our own hearts and in the way we choose to live our lives. As Robert Fulghum, the author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, said, “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”
The question you and I must ask is simple: what will we show them?
Look into your heart and you will find your answer, which I believe will always start with love.