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Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents' psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents' development. Parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the behavior that results, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control and quick fixes for dysfunction. In Dr. Shefali Tsabary's conscious approach to parenting, however, children serve as mirrors of their parents' forgotten self. Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child "know it all" approach and more towards a mutual parent-with-child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Namaste Publishing (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897238452
- ISBN-13: 978-1897238455
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
Feels like I just left a conscious parenting retreat. Though I do have a few points of contention.
There was so very much in The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Shefali Tsabary that resonated with me. It is not a how-to book of parenting strategies but a philosophical guide for walking the parenting journey with mindfullness. I put down the book feeling like my mind just left a conscious parenting retreat, punctuated with moments of, “Ah, yes,” and feeling spiritually rejuvenated. I definitely recommend this book for parents in the advanced class.
A MUST READ
I never write reviews, but in this case I have no choice. I have a PhD in clinical psychology, and I think this is one of the most important books ever written. EVER. Anyone who has a child, wants to have a child, is having a child, or WAS a child should read this. If Dr. Tsabary’s message could get through to any of them, the world would be a better place.
Amazing – single best book on parenting
If I could only read one book on parenting, and family life, this would be it. It rocked my world. I have a 3 year old who was aggressively pushing my buttons and causing me to erupt almost daily with a temper I never knew I had. This book helped not only see this as a tender opportunity, I actually changed… I was able to let go of and dissolve many triggers, and i continue to make progress every day. My feelings toward my 3 year old son changed from him being “spirited” (but really, feeling he was often kind of bad and often so infuriating) to seeing him as genuinely my most treasured teacher and feeling so much more closeness and connection. Thank God I found this book now, and not 10 years from now. I’m so incredibly grateful.
Good info but repetitive
This book was good info in regards to being aware of your own presence and letting your kids be what they are however it seemed it was just repeating all the info throughout the book. At times the author makes you feel like if something is happening to your child or when they act up its your own fault. I continued to read it and got past that and then just felt like I was re-reading the same info. She basically does not want you to have any sort of expectations from your kid otherwise they are going to rebel in different ways.
the best parenting book I’ve ever read
This is, in all seriousness, the best parenting book I’ve ever read. It isn’t about “how to fix” your kid(s), it’s about how to fix YOU.
I also believe kids can better understand their parents and face issues they struggled with …
Bought this for mom- may not have been the right move because she got offended, however, I started reading the book and it is very insightful (it’s much easier for me to take in because I am not a parent). I also believe kids can better understand their parents and face issues they struggled with during childhood by reading this.
Life Changing – Potentially World Changing
Incredible! Dr. Shefali has the power to shift the world – if only all parents could heed her wisdom. This book is not just about parenting but about understanding the way we were parented and finding peace where it is needed. You definitely have to be mentally & emotionally ready for this reading or you may not be able receive the full benefits.
Great, great book for anyone who is about to become a parent (like myself) or someone who already has kids. I haven’t finished the book yet but I love that this is not a how-to book, it’s a book that walk you through the conscious process and how many unconscious responses that we already have programmed in us.
Dr. Shefali message may be difficult to digest for …
Dr.Shefali message may be difficult to digest for most parents. For years we have been shamed, blamed, and brainwashed to believe our children are ours to manipulate, mold and shape when in fact the Conscious Parent teaches us that our children are spiritual beings and here to TEACH US. We are both growing together side by side.
… through a sleep-state or sleepwalking through a dream-state" I recommend being Woke AF and getting your jiggy on with …
For those of you “dream walking through a sleep-state or sleepwalking through a dream-state” I recommend being Woke AF and getting your jiggy on with this parenting book.