Respectful Parenting

Let me begin with a story ... 

It was February 2020. I was meditating at my metaphysics school. Asking questions about my work & business ... In my meditation, a spiritual being came - someone I had never connected with before. To my question, "What shall I do with my work right now?" the answer was, "Would you be my mother? And would Steven [my life partner] be my father?" I almost fell off a chair. 

I knew that we choose our parents, but this was the most direct way in which a soul chose me to be their mom. Two months later, I was pregnant. On December 13, 2020, I gave birth to a baby boy, whose name is Amari. 

Let me back off a bit. In 2012 and 2013 I had two abortions. It was the darkest time of my life, as my marriage with my ex-husband went through a very deep crisis. I felt broken and depressed. Yet, believe it or not, it was one of the best choices I've made in my life. Because, had those kids been born, they would come into family life filled with drama, pain, and disrespect. I do not advocate for abortion - it was my choice (and, I believe, it's a choice). And it was an awakening moment for me to radically and drastically change my life. I did not want to repeat the patterns of my own family. Born and raised in Russia, I was a witness to much violence and abuse. 

I swore to myself that, if I have children, they won't experience what I have experienced. 

This brings me to RESPECTFUL PARENTING. A tool and a philosophy that I discovered after I gave birth to Amari. It teaches parents to be compassionate and patient leaders, who respect autonomy, choice, body, emotions, and a natural pace of development for their children. 

I won't lie - it's not always easy, to practice respectful parenting. And I am not perfect at it. I slip sometimes and lose my temper, but then I get back on track. Long term, it's worth the effort. 

Below, I share with you some resources that have helped me tremendously on my own parenting journey. 

Moreover, as a healer, coach, and mentor, I can attest that respectful parenting can save tons of time, money, and effort later in life when kids grow up. Yes, children choose their parents, and I have released much anger and sorrow about my childhood. I have realized that my parents did the best they could, given the resources they had, their education, and their lifestyle. Yet, now, so much more is possible. And, since respectful parenting is available, it is only fair to ask parents to be patient, respectful and intentional in their parenting. Please, make use of the resources below - happy parenting! 

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions or observations. Email at [email protected]

This is a poster summarizing baby needs - ideal from 0 to 2 years old. I put it together as a reminder for myself and the caregivers in our house. You can put it on a wall and read it from time to time. Parenting is not an easy task, and little reminders go a long way. You can also use it as a self-parenting guide (aka as re-parenting), which means parenting your inner child and giving yourself what you might not have received growing up.

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