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dlers, especially if they see it as an effec- tive way to get what they want. Parents can put an end to it much the same way they deal with other inappropriate behav- ior, advises Petro. She suggests remain- ing calm, finding the root cause of the situation and acknowledging the child’s feelings and needs. Understanding why the child is doing it is crucial to making it stop. “Conscious parenting operates from the premise that all behavior is communi- cation to meet a need,” she says.

Addressing Adolescence According to Certified Life Coach Clare Seffrin Bond, although the adolescent years can be difficult, there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture teens and encourage responsible behavior. “The best parenting advice I ever received was from my mom, who encouraged me to grow into parenthood—taking it day by day, without the expectation that I would be proficient simply through the act of giving birth,” says this mother of two, in Rich- mond, Indiana. Rewarding relationships come through accepting the notion that children are individuals living their own journey, rather than extensions of their parents. “What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experi- encing,” Bond explains. “Taking the time to recognize the fact of individual realities can be huge in rethinking one’s approach to discipline.”

She recommends speaking to adoles- cents honestly—even when it’s pain- ful—and listening to them, even when we may not want to hear, or believe, what they’re saying. “Stay in touch with the fact that your relationship with your children is absolutely huge in terms of their—and your—development as a happy and ful- filled person,” counsels Bond. “Work hard at remembering your own teen years, including the frustrations and disappoint- ments. Empathy and respect are essential ingredients in successful human relation- ships at every age.”

To connect with Lori Petro, visit; for Lori Sim- mons,; and Clare Seffrin Bond,

Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings.


Oral Health: A Window to Well-Being


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rial microorganisms than there are people on Earth. Some of these bacteria are good, but others can cause gum disease and dental caries. Studies suggest that the bacteria responsible for destroying oral health can also contribute to other health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. “Because dental diseases can be symptomless, patients need to be aware of

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