We are all are born as a blank canvas, ready for the masterpiece to be created. Just like a seed, children have an innate shining potential that is ready to flourish given the right ingredients of love, care, belonging and safety.

And just as a seed can be affected by heavy rains, frosts and droughts that block the potential from fully expressing itself, so can our children’s potential be affected by the challenging events of life. If not nourished it is never fully realised and we go through life with an ‘inner-child’ who never feels quite good enough!

There is no rule book for kids on how to deal with challenging situations such as bullying or peer pressure that are potentially damaging for young minds. Or how to cope with sibling rivalry, angry parents or a home or school atmosphere that can feel strained, anxious, depressed or stressed. The pressures of expectations from school, parents, friends and society can weigh them down … let alone all the pressure many kids put on themselves.

The end result of all this is often low self-worth, lack of confidence or shame leading to an inability to cope in this stressful and all too often highly competitive world, causing them to spiral into anxiety or depression.

What is a child to do with these ‘big bad feelings’ when we, the parents, may be modelling exactly what the child is being reprimanded for.
Impatience… Yelling… Inattention… Too much screen time…
These big feelings then get projected out as communication breakdowns, behavioural issues and disconnection.

Yet this shining potential is still there, under all the painful feelings  that seem to be running the show, like a precious seed just waiting for the drought to break or the cyclone to pass.

It is never too late to nourish the inner potential and allow it to blossom and shine as your child’s life. 

For this to happen there are two essential elements –
1 – release the emotional blocks and limiting beliefs in the child so they can reconnect with their inner greatness and let it shine.
2 – be the role model for your child, not just on an intellectual level where you teach them or lecture to them how to be … but to ‘BE’ that yourself and role model what you want your children to become.

The way you are with your child sets the foundations for the way they will relate to others, to their world and to themselves for the rest of their lives.

In my own experience as a parent Journey work has taught me both aspects on the deepest of levels. Before experiencing the Journey I had read every book on parenting that I could get my hands on. I ‘knew’ what to do, how to speak to my child, how to respond lovingly and patiently …BUT … when my buttons were pushed by her challenging behaviour all my ‘knowing’ seemed to fly out the window and I would react in the old programmed way despite my best intentions.
I came across Journey work when Joelle was five and over the years I have witnessed a remarkable shift in us both. It has taught my beautiful girl to really ‘claim’ and live as her shining potential, with confidence, compassion and knowing who she is. And while the waves of life certainly still appear, these days I live with much more authenticity and openness as the mum and the woman that I have always wanted to be.

If you would like any support in flourishing your CHILD or your INNER-CHILD, please contact me at https://sharonturton.com/contact