My Best Parenting Advice: Love Your Children Unconditionally by Julianna Lyddon

Loving unconditionally is the process of allowing children to be who they are and loving exactly what you see in them. Blog #1_Unconditional LoveIt has nothing to do with control and everything to do with freedom. It is the ability to celebrate your child in their uniqueness.

The way to unconditional love is to be a silent observer. As a parent the role of the silent observer requires honor, respect, and a keen level of awareness. There must be an absence of negativity, judgment, and preconceived notions. Set aside your negative belief patterns in order to support your child’s individual beauty. This role is about connecting with your child in an intimate way, giving yourself the time to observe what they love and what brings them joy. When parents are able to take on this role, the sacredness of parenting is revealed. This selfless act preserves and encourages individualism as well as self-respect and inner trust.

Watch to see what brings our child emotions like joy, frustration, interest, and confusion and love those things about them–the way they are–not the way you want them to be. To love unconditionally, we love with no strings attached.

Children absolutely must be given unconditional love in their early years. Parents who feel that they themselves did not receive this kind of love may have a difficult time figuring out how to break the cycle, but it can be done.

Dr. Vincent J. Felitti of San Diego, California studied this effect. His report is called “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACE). It defines the kinds of harmful experiences that may affect a person’s health throughout life. The message of this study is that parents should set examples of what it means to be loving, nurturing, and empathetic. Knowledge and prevention of ACEs should be a universal goal of all caregivers. Please see acestudy.org where you can obtain further information about identifying and healing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Julianna Lyddon

Julianna Lyddon, MC, is a Certified Life Coach with a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She is also an author, a college-level teacher, and a guest speaker who brings light and levity to all of life's important issues. Through her company, Connect With Julianna, she is devoted to educating her clients and guiding them on the path to raising their level of consciousness. Julianna offers a variety of services in her practice, including life coaching, seminars and workshops, guest speaking and spiritual guidance. She has a regular monthly television segment on Arizona Midday 12 NBC and has been featured as a guest speaker on local, state and national radio and television programs. In October, 2010, Julianna's first book, Raising A Happy Spirit: The Inner Wisdom of Parenting, was released. This pocket-sized book is packed with powerful messages that expand the notion of child-rearing by encouraging parents to adopt a more intuitive model for raising and educating their children. Pathways for teaching concepts such as humility, compassion and imagination are presented in a light, meaningful way. Julianna also connects with her clients through her website, her monthly magazine, and a variety of social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, video blogging and LinkedIn. Podcasts of her weekly radio program ,Connect With Julianna on Toginet Radio, are available on iTunes. A mobile app, "CWJ," with all the latest Connect With Julianna updates and news about her services is available for download. Julianna lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with her husband Jim Lyddon. They are parents to three adult children. CONTACT INFO Web Site: connectwithjulianna.com Email: connectwithjulianna@gmail.com Phone: (602) 826-6790

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