Parenting Our Children

I am married to an incredible, beautiful tender man, with 3 amazing beautiful children that I am forever appreciative of. What we share as a family reflects to me the importance of expression and communication, for what we share is a result of us all feeling supported in a space where we can share what we feel without holding onto or bottling things up, where we are able to work on not judging each other and on exposing any ideals or beliefs around how we think a true family should be or look.

Universal Medicine has played a huge role in my life: I have been attending Universal Medicine presentations, courses, retreats and having sessions with Esoteric Practitioner Association (EPA)* approved Practitioners, including Serge Benhayon, for 17 years.

Serge Benhayon (Founder of Universal Medicine) leaning against a fence
Serge Benhayon | Founder of Universal Medicine

During that 17 years my life has changed enormously: I have gone from drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, smoking marijuana, being extremely ill, having absolutely no vitality and being majorly underweight to being and feeling alive, vital, healthy, no longer moody or needing any form of stimulant to get me through the day. My weight has been stable for the past few years, I wake up looking forward to the day, eating in a way that truly supports me – not eating to hide or dull myself – and it has been all of this which has enabled me to parent my children in a way that offers true support. I know that without the changes and choices I have made and continue to make for myself, my parenting would be extremely different and certainly not as loving as what it is today.

My life was previously one of constant chaos and overwhelm, mostly due to, actually all due to, the choices I was making, however today my life is completely the opposite of that, in which I take responsibility for each and every choice that impacts on my health and well-being and all my relationships. As stated, Serge Benhayon and his family, together with Universal Medicine and its presentations and practitioners, have been a huge part of how I am now­, and without what was offered to me I do not feel I would be the woman or parent that I am today. The changes in my own life and how I now live with this deep sense of regard for myself have allowed me to bring a deeper regard to my whole family, including how I parent my three children.

I felt moved to write this appreciation of our family and how we live when I became aware that Esther Rockett, as part of her ongoing hate campaign waged against Serge Benhayon and anyone associated with him and Universal Medicine, has written online blogs and disseminated materials making various poisonous suggestions that children who are growing up in families with parents who are associated with Universal Medicine are in danger and are “deprived of nurturing and responsible parenting in the name of ‘healing’ and ‘self-love’.”

How my husband and myself parent our children is loving, nurturing and with understanding. We are not perfect and neither are our children, however they are deeply loved and it is because of the love we hold ourselves in and correspondingly the love we are then able to hold them in, that we are choosing to raise them in the way we do. The love we all share as a family (and with others) has grown immeasurably as a result of how our love has deepened from all we have learnt through Universal Medicine.

We made the choice to parent our children as opposed to raising them; to parent them in a way that truly encourages them to live all that they are without the ideals and beliefs of how we think they or their lives should be; to understand that we do not own our children and that we are simply custodians of them, sharing with them a way of life that is true.

For us a big part of living a life that is true is to support the body to be light – not feel weighed down, bloated, imposed upon by outside stimulants or distractions – consistently feeling what is needed next, establishing and building routines and rhythms that encourage us to feel and care for our own bodies, whether that may be what time we go to bed, the types of foods we eat, the hobbies we may have, and being open to share and express what we are feeling.

Neither my partner nor myself eat dairy, gluten, wheat, yeast or sugar, nor do we use any stimulants like caffeine. Our diet has refined over the years as we have individually felt to, each at different times omitting different foods and introducing others: for our children it has been no different, now being that we all eat the same foods. None of our children have ever been fed dairy, gluten, wheat, yeast or sugar, a choice we made after making adjustments to our own diets and feeling the benefits and true vitality that came from not eating foods that contain these ingredients.

At no time have our children been malnourished, underweight or overweight; they are the weight their body needs for them to be themselves in life, to live who they are without feeling stimulated, anxious or overwhelmed from foods they may have consumed. Therefore, because of the choices we have made for ourselves and for them, they are not seeking stimulation or comfort in food; they are not standing in front of the refrigerator or pantry looking for something to fill an emptiness or void within them, they are not wanting to snack constantly throughout the day, neither are they seeking comfort in distractions outside of themselves such as television, iPads or computers. We use computers and iPads for educational purposes rather than as a tool for babysitting, or a way for them to avoid, bury or hide from what they may be feeling or what is going on around them.

3 young children smiling as they all look ahead laying on a trampoline
Nicole Serafin’s children

Making the choice to parent our children has been a constant, forever unfolding path, one that we are always adjusting and discussing as a family. We make choices that consider us all as a whole, and the foods we eat, the hobbies and distractions we may choose – no matter how insignificant we feel them to be – have an impact on the entire home and everyone in it. The way we live in our home does not just affect us, but affects everyone around us – both directly and indirectly in the home and outside of our home – and when we step out of our front door we take these choices and our way of life to all of humanity: it is this responsibility we have to consider when we are parenting our children.

Our children are an absolute pleasure to have, be around and parent; we are offered an opportunity to forever observe what they need, where they need support and what we can do to encourage them in their own evolution.

As a family we live in a quality and a way that consistently reflects to each other that there is always more, that there are always others that are affected and impacted by the way we live, and that we all have a responsibility to live in a way that is true and considers everyone equally also.

With this choice there is no time off, there is no self, life is not just about you, everything you do and say has a knock-on effect, it affects the all.

Life for our children is about living, enjoying and loving who they are, knowing it is ok for them to be who they are, to express what they feel without holding back in any way, learning how to be themselves and to nurture and love others, without judgement, criticism or comparison. They love to play, laugh, sing, dance, connect with others and be in nature. Our children are all born gentle, loving, tender and precious, and why should any of that change as they begin to grow and become young adults? All children should be supported to love, honour, appreciate and accept themselves for the incredible gentle beings they are.

Our children have their moments as do any of us; no one is perfect, nor do we expect them to be, but we do provide boundaries and consistency, and in the love they feel it does not take much for them to come back to themselves and leave their tantrums behind.

The way we choose to parent our children I know for many raises eyebrows, but with that comes an understanding and an appreciation; others get to know us and our children, and from that they gain a greater awareness of the love and quality in which we live and the love and quality in which we parent our children.

Yes, our children eat a diet that may seem limited to outside observers, but it is limited to healthy and nutritious foods – with no junk food – and our children thrive. Yes, they do not watch television or sit for hours aimlessly in front of a computer or on an iPad, and yes they have routines and rhythms; they have conversations with us about what they are feeling, and we have family meetings to share what we feel is needed next for the family as a whole, what is supportive and what is not. What can be observed is that they are some of the most joy-full children I have ever seen, and this is not limited to my personal experience but from what is shared with me from teachers at their school, day care, friends’ parents and passers-by in shops and supermarkets.

I am so very blessed to have such a joy-full glorious, amazingly loving family, a family that is deepening and developing in so many ways.

Nicole Serafin sitting on the couch laughing and being playful with her partner and 3 children
Nicole Serafin and Familly

Our children are forever a point of reflection, and they are always teaching and calling for me to live all that I am, and in that livingness they can also live all that they are.

So, call Universal Medicine whatever you like, I know in my heart The Way of The Livingness is the only way, and our family lives, breathes and is True Religion.

Serge Benhayon, thank you for being the ever-shining reflection and love that you are; it is with this reflection and inspiration in my life that I love and am all that I am.

By Nicole Serafin, 44 yrs, Wife, Mother Hairdresser, Tintenbar NSW

* The EPA (Esoteric Practitioners Association) is the internal accreditation arm of Universal Medicine. It was instigated by Universal Medicine to monitor and accredit the modalities that were founded by Universal Medicine. 

Related Reading:
~ Building True Relationships and Positive Parenting
~ The Purpose of Parenting
~ Esther Rockett is no Expert on Universal Medicine – A True Family Story about Universal Medicine and Parenting

581 thoughts on “Parenting Our Children

  1. You are a brave, strong and honest woman Nicole, you are also an amazing mother. I personally think that the way you run your house will one day be studied as the most successful ways to raise the next generation. You are actually building your kids to be able to communicate in a share house when they are older, work out disputes without getting heated, these kind of life skills are what everyone needs. Anyone can sit their kid on the couch and let them stare at a box but what you are actively doing is supporting these kids to be ready for the next step without even trying and that’s what happens when you are flowing with the rhythm.

  2. So gorgeous to read Nicole thank you for sharing you and your beautiful family, what an amazing reflection you and your family are giving to the world where families are falling apart, where children are being abused, and where domestic violence is at an all time high, all for the want of what you bring and offer to your family in true love and care.

  3. You must be doing something right! The way children are parented today are causing a lot of short and long term problems, and the first and foremost is there is no relationship between parents and children. Children are not taught to have a relationship with themselves, and it is no fault of the parents, as they do not know better. So when a parent knows and begins to live this, it is naturally shared with their children, and of course this would stand out as most of the world is still choosing a way to teach a lack of responsibility rather than a way of responsibility, for when parents truly share responsibility, parents cannot simply say these words and expect the children to listen, they have to first live this responsibility so that the children will feel the living way and be touched to know responsibility is also natural within them.

  4. Our children are indeed a reflection and Universal Medicine shines the light of clarity and wisdom to help us all be the deep and abiding support that all our children need.

  5. This is a blog that makes a very clear distinction between parenting kids and raising them and that also establishes very clearly how the teachings of Serge Benhayon have played a crucial role to choose the parenting option.

  6. If all that came as a result Of attending Universal Medicine courses was the amazing transformation in our ability to be parents, then this alone would be an extraordinary contribution to humanity… The amazing thing is, is that this is just one of the many many things that comes from the wisdom pouring forth from these events

  7. You present here a very inspiring model for parenting. All the things you mentioned that are different from other families are actually things that are positive, for instance it is different to have kids with meals that are purely nutritious and healthy and do not include any junk food or unhealthy snacks or rewards yet this should actually be normal. Just like the only educational use of iPads and computers this should actually be normal but it’s not and stands out. It is a great reality check for all of us to hear this story.

  8. We don’t have to have had our own children to parent kids, I know that I am always around kids and it is as equally important for me to take responsibility of their development and raising them, being an amazing reflection also.

  9. What an opportunity to consider the way we raise our children and the way we parent our children. There is a difference and you have shared what a solid foundation it offers our children to be empowered and be responsible for the lives they live not live at the mercy of the world around them.

  10. “The way we live in our home does not just affect us, but affects everyone around us – both directly and indirectly in the home and outside of our home – and when we step out of our front door we take these choices and our way of life to all of humanity: it is this responsibility we have to consider when we are parenting our children.” This way of life speaks of the utmost integrity. Imagine more of us making these choices for humanity. True quality abounding for all.

  11. An awesome blog Nicole of the absolute integrity and responsibility you bring to your life as a woman, a mother and a parent. You highlight a great point here that speaks a wisdom that is life changing when truly lived – ‘To understand that we do not own our children and that we are simply custodians of them, sharing with them a way of life that is true.’

  12. Many of us do not parent in fact we allow children to grow up, with minimal guidelines and often especially today we allow our screens to raise them. To hear of someone who is truly engaged with their children and to feel the joy in how they live as a parent and their palpable joy in being with and raising their children and the journey they all are on together is very beautiful. This is how we all can be raised and can raise our children to be the fullness of who they are and in turn for their adult parents to be their own fullness, for the former can only happen if we in turn allow the later.

  13. Likewise my life was pretty chaotic before I started to commit to a way of living that brings stability. And far from that being boring, I’ve noticed that the level of steadiness and general health just gets stronger and stronger – its a bit of a miracle really to feel myself continuously growing when perceived wisdom suggests you start to tail off as you get older. Not with The Way of The Livingness…

  14. This blog is a beautiful example of how The Way of The Livingness is about the way we live and not some dogma or creed.

  15. “Life for our children is about living, enjoying and loving who they are, knowing it is ok for them to be who they are, to express what they feel without holding back in any way, learning how to be themselves and to nurture and love others, without judgement, criticism or comparison” – wow, imagine the world full of children brought up like this? That is the world I would definitely love to come back to.

  16. In every relationship whether it is with our partner, children, mother, father, siblings, friends, extended family, etc I am being presented with opportunities to grow, opportunities to deepen the relationship to myself and becoming aware of what is not working is never an excuse to berate or judge myself and others but an offering of evolution accepting in full where I am at with no comparison knowing that change is inevitable when I align to deepen the love to myself.

  17. ‘So, call Universal Medicine whatever you like, I know in my heart The Way of The Livingness is the only way, and our family lives, breathes and is True Religion.’ Nicole, I whole heartedly agree with you. For me, The Way of The Livingness has brought true understanding of myself and of others and in this way, I have been able to make changes in my life that are more loving, caring and responsible. I would have it no other way.

  18. To me it is so crazy that parents who attend Universal Medicine are accused of not nourishing their kids, when there are so many overweight/obese kids these days in society. I see what goes in the average shopping trolley and it does not seem nourishing for the kids or parents.

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