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September 25, 2012 > Families embrace holistic parenting model

Families embrace holistic parenting model

Submitted By Holistic Moms Network

Faced with increased chronic health conditions, rising obesity rates, and toxic environments, many parents are seeking natural and sustainable ways for their families to thrive - from education to healthcare to nutrition. Holistic Moms Network creates a space for families practicing models of parenting that are outside of mainstream norms. "Holistic parenting means consciously parenting the whole child - mind, body, and spirit in connection to the community, the world, and the environment - balanced with taking care of our own well-being as parents who are whole people," affirms Tri-City Chapter Co-Leader Christina Byard, "We are a dynamic, non-judgmental group of diverse families helping each other pursue solutions to issues that really matter to us and our children's future. People share their cultural wisdom, experiences, knowledge, research, and resources and make it easier for the next person to walk that path. We respect that every family is different; it's about making informed choices that work for your own family."

The Tri-City Chapter meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room (2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont) and welcomes volunteer guest speakers on a variety of holistic lifestyle topics. Monthly meeting topics have included food allergies, child nutrition, green cleaning, parenting models, cloth diapering, naturopathy, holistic dentistry, natural fertility, fermentation, organic gardening, education alternatives, countering consumerism/kids and commercialism, childbirth options, breastfeeding support, and eco-friendly travel. Additionally, the group provides members with budget-friendly organic food and consumer products options. Byard explains, "Everyone has the right to quality food and we have found amazingly simple ways to afford it. HMN members combine their purchasing power and buy high ticket items together in bulk to obtain wholesale prices and hold various purchasing co-ops on all sorts of food and household items. We work with local farmers and other respected suppliers to make their superior products available to our members at affordable prices."

Holistic Moms Network is a rapidly growing national non-profit organization providing support and local resources to parents seeking holistic living, natural health, and mindful parenting. The Tri-City Chapter was founded last October by Co-Leaders Christina Byard and Lenore Ockerberg, answering a need for area parents to explore a meaningful, sustainable lifestyle within a supportive community. The chapter has quickly grown to over 40 culturally diverse members. HMN, which was founded in New Jersey in 2003, currently has more than 100 chapters across the United States with 4 chapters in the Bay Area.

The Holistic Moms Network Tri-City Chapter is holding an Open House and celebrating their Chapter's first anniversary on October 15th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Fremont Main Library Fukaya Room B, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers are all welcome to attend and to join the organization. The theme, "A Walk down the Holistic Path," will introduce attendees to topics such as pregnancy and birth support, organic/local food and nutrition, alternative health modalities, sustainable and renewable resources, mindful and gentle parenting, local and mom-owned green businesses, and more.

For more information, please visit the Tri-City Holistic Moms Network website at or contact the organization at (510) 969-0466.

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