In my early childhood my father took our family from the lush, green Pacific Northwest half way around the planet to Chile, South America where he was to start a global fishing company. This faraway exotic land I suddenly found myself in, felt like another world to me. My early years were spent learning Spanish and living in a culture I would soon come to adore. To this day, I travel there often, taking my friends and family to share in the beauty of the Andes Mountains, wild rivers, the great food and fabulous Chilean people.
Years later, when I was in my mid twenties, I lost my parents and brother in a span of a couple of years. I found myself then, on a spiritual quest to find answers about how the Universe works, and my place in it. Since that time, I have studied the spiritual teachings of many masters, as well as the Universal Law of Attraction.
In my studies, I learned that we create our own reality, based on our patterns of thought. Are we habitually thinking negative or positive thoughts? Are we happy with what is manifesting in our daily lives? I began learning how to use my emotions to make happier choices, which lead to happier experiences. Positive parenting, passionate living is what propels me forward and sharing this with others is what fuels my joy. Because I wanted to teach and coach others in positive thinking and child rearing, I received a Law of Attraction Life Coach certification. Later, I became a graduate of The Four Winds Society- Light Body School of Energy Medicine.
I always felt that one of my missions in life was to be the best parent I could possibly be. Parenting is an ongoing process and certainly can be full of challenges and choices. My greatest joy is being with my three kids-whom are now grown-up. Through the happy times and tough times I experienced as my kids were growing up, I became inspired to write my first book, The Art of Blissful Parenting. It’s a labor of love and guides parents on the practical and spiritual aspects of raising happy, self-reliant kids by teaching parents how to tap into their internal guidance.
Part of the inspiration for writing this book came when fear crept into my parenting as my children entered their pre-teen years. My fears regarding the choices they were making caused me to forget everything I knew about supporting my kids on their highest path. The fear that they may not make their best choices precipitated a time when I became a master at what didn’t work in my parenting as control mode took over.
My core message to parents involves the idea that by following our own Internal Guidance System and teaching our children to follow theirs, parents and kids can have a more useful relationship. It is actually possible! My book shares many stories of what I went through with my kids, and how I eventually got the results I wanted and my ideal relationship with them.
As a Parenting Coach, my objective is to offer parents support in different ways. In 2015 The Ballantine Parenting Institute was founded. Through the Institute we have developed a comprehensive program for parents, helping them clearly define the highest intentions they have with their parenting. It is a comprehensive online course which supports parents in raising fulfilled and thriving kids.
Past work experience includes writing a parenting column for Beliefnet.com and hosting my own Internet TV show for Conscious Evolution Media.
Watch Sharon talk about parenting and her book, The Art of Blissful Parenting, on NBC-TV in Seattle with Margaret Larson of New Day NW!
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