Welcome to the Parenting Toolbox! 

The Parenting Toolbox is a helpful resource for families and caregivers for children of all ages. Your host Marishu narrates the podcast, where she interviews guests, comments on useful books and articles and shares her wisdom and experience to help communities raise healthy, kind and responsible children.

Her mission in life is to “help children find their voice and heal the planet.”

How to Have a Meaningful Conversation With Your Kids

In this episode Marishu asks, have you ever planned a meaningful conversation with your kids? A purposeful conversation is setting the intention to listen and understand as opposed to hear and fix.

You can start by asking if there is anything they want to talk about, and that you would love to hear what they are feeling and experiencing in their daily lives. If inspiration is needed try a topic cards that suggest things to talk about.

What always surprises me when having these conversations is the revelations that come to light. Even as simple as finding out an interest your child has, or a struggle your partner might be experiencing.

By simply focusing on listening and being present to your loved one, it fulfills the need we all have to be seen, heard, and unconditionally loved.

How Judging Others Can Hurt Relationships

In this episode Marishu shares way to teach children about judgement and how judging others can hurt relationships.

What do you think of when I say the word “Judgement”? For many it evokes the feeling of not being good enough. Too many times we place the label of “your not acceptable because you are not up to my standards.” The damage of judging others can be devastating to the young and old.

The culprit that is most responsible for this behaviour is often a low self esteem and fear of coming up short compared to others. Our past emotional hurts rear their ugly heads and wear down relationships that can result in a toxic atmosphere at home.

Mirroring to our children the acceptance of people just as they are can create self respect and esteem. Embracing self acceptance and non-judgement towards others can bring the freedom to be themselves and let others shine in their own way.

Dr Wayne Dyer said it beautifully. “Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.”

Keeping Christmas Alive Throughout The Year

In this episode Marishu shares ways to keep the spirit of Christmas and the generosity of the holiday season active throughout the year.

What we most love about Christmas is the spirit of giving, getting together with family, the glitter and glamour of the holidays. January is often very difficult because the party is over, and we settle into winter and the reality of Christmas bills.

Is it possible to keep Christmas alive all year long? I believe it is achievable with the right attitude.

It starts with your mindset. Focusing on being kind to strangers, spending time with family, volunteering time to those in need, focusing on what we have in the now and cherishing the relationships that we experience daily.

Plan family get togethers a least once a month. Pick a theme and create new traditions. Let the spirit of the holidays live in your heart and share that joy all year long.

How To Beat The January Blues

Christmas is over and school is back in session. In this episode Marishu give parents ideas on how to beat the January Blues. 

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