SHARING YOUR TRUE SELF: Do you hesitate to share the truth about your spirituality?

It’s a classic parenting situation. You visit a quaint little coffee shop for story time. Another mom or dad walks in and sits next to you while his or her child begins to play with yours. One of you, it doesn’t matter who, strikes up a conversation and after a few moments of small talk you begin to find many commonalities. By the end, phone numbers are exchanged and playdates arranged. We all know the thrill of finding a new friend on the desert island of parenting, especially if you are a stay-at-home parent who doesn’t get much adult interaction. 

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PREPARING FOR THE BIG QUESTION

It used to be so easy to define one's beliefs. You could easily identify them by affiliation: "I am Catholic (Lutheran, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, etc.)." Further, once you ascribed to a religious doctrine, your way of life was set out for you based on the spiritual practices, traditions, understanding of the afterlife, and notions of life purpose, as well as your ideas about the type of relationship humans share with your religion's deity.

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WHO IS THIS SANTA GUY, ANYWAY?

Around this time of year the old "naughty and nice" list and the "Elf on the Shelf" get pulled out. Parents, at their wits' end the other eleven months of the year, rely on Santa's powers of persuasion to gain a few weeks of peace.  Have you ever questioned if Santa is being used as a human substitute for a judgmental God, as the arbiter of "right and wrong" on Earth?  Do you ever wonder why parents buy in wholeheartedly? Since the New Spirituality frees us from judgment by God, does this utilization of Santa as a mechanism of control continue to work to help our children attain their highest selves?    

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