For this week, you can be enrolled in the online L.O.V.E. Parenting Program FOR FREE. And, here is you first assignment: Create your Parenting ALTAR.
Whether you are a new mom or have parented for years, it can be helpful to create a beacon of imagery infused with meaning to help light the way in your daily life as a parent. The L.O.V.E. Parenting Altar is a tangible marking that honors the soul of your parenting, helping to inspire & center you, and keep you on track.
A synergetic effect occurs when you gather items together for your Parenting Altar; their individual meaning increases and changes at the effect of the combination.
Here are ideas for components of your Parenting Altar. Please gather items from this list and collect them in a basket.
A photo of a relative or elder whose image and presence inspires your parenting; can be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, god-parent, neighbor, family friend, church elder, etc.
A loving image of parenting: a photo, artwork or figurine with father/mother/child, mother/child, child(ren,) etc.
A photo of your present family
A quote, poem or saying that inspires your parenting
A totem animal: an animal whose characteristics inspire your parenting; mother duck, mother bear, mother lion, deer, horse, dog, etc.
Something from nature representing the original earth mother: rock, feather, shell, leaf, crystal; something that includes the natural elemental forces.
To participate in the online program: Gather the items listed above. Email me the contents of your altar and their ascribed meaning. Print out the meaning and tie the printed paper into a rolled scroll and include it on your altar. Choose a surface (table, dresser) and set up your altar. Email me a photograph of your completed Parenting Altar.
I will post the photos of the altars to inspire new parents everywhere. Let your altar contribute to the collective as we honor the soul of parenting together!
About Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams created L.O.V.E. Parenting with a series of techniques for effective communication, deepened connection and more joy in parenting and life. Jessica is also the creator of www.UltimateParentingCourse.com with the best of today's progressive parenting experts together in one program. Jessica is a featured expert internationally on both Mothering.com’s Ask An Expert and the upcoming www.KidsInTheHouse.com. Jessica is a regular contributor to Mothering Magazine’s All Things Mothering, LA Parent Magazine, LA Mom Magazine & DailyBuzzMoms. She has been interviewed on television and radio and taught workshops at family wellness centers, schools and doctor’s offices. Her BirthKit has helped women have a transformational & empowering birth. Jessica maintains a private coaching practice in her native Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their three children. “Truly amazing woman. I love her advice.”—Carrie-Anne Moss. “All you have shared has helped tremendously.”—Lisa Bonet. “I am experiencing nothing short of a miracle thanks to your laser beam approach.” –Andrea Bendewald.