Children of the Moon: Discover Your Child's Personality Through Chinese Horoscopes

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Parents — find out your child's personality ... before it even develops!

The only book available on Chinese horoscopes for parents and parents-to-be, Children of the Moon gives profiles of children based on their birth time, month, and year.

This book explains for the first time ever how "birth order," according to Chinese horoscopes, affects a child's outlook on life. With...

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Parents — find out your child's personality ... before it even develops!

The only book available on Chinese horoscopes for parents and parents-to-be, Children of the Moon gives profiles of children based on their birth time, month, and year.

This book explains for the first time ever how "birth order," according to Chinese horoscopes, affects a child's outlook on life. With Children of the Moon, discover the animal sign and personality of your child:

The Rat: A leader and self-starter
The OX: Dedicated and hardworking
The Tiger: Charismatic and courageous
The Rabbit: Peace loving and intelligent
The Dragon: Dynamic and optimistic
The Snake: Wise and confident
The Horse: Perceptive and independent
The Sheep: Artistic and graceful
The Monkey: Brilliant and curious
The Rooster: Efficient and ambitious
The Dog: Loyal and Just
The Boar: Affectionate and generous

Entertaining and enlightening for children as well as parents, Children of the Moon also includes a special story dedicated to each sign at the end of each chapter.

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Parenting books abound, teaching us everything from nutrition to discipline. This unique book uses Chinese astrology to help us become better parents. We're all familiar with the 12 Chinese animal signs from place mats in Chinese restaurants. Lau (The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes) wrote this book to help parents understand the strengths and weaknesses of these signs and how they affect the undeveloped personalities of their children. The book is divided into 12 chapters to correspond with the 12 signs, e.g., Rat, Dragon, and Tiger. Each chapter provides an overview of the sign's personality traits, along with the effects of birth order and sibling rivalry. The child's ascendant sign, which is thankfully figured easily by the local time in the place of the birth, characterizes the child's "inner self." Each chapter ends with a newly woven Chinese fairy tale designed to impart lessons and lasting impressions for our children. This unique parenting book is recommended for public libraries for the fine and evenhanded treatment the author provides with the Chinese horoscopes.-Marija Sanderling, Nesmith Lib., Windham, NH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060938369
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.66 (d)

First Chapter

Chapter One

The Rat

The Rat Personality

The first earth branch of the Chinese lunar cycle is named Zi and is symbolized by the Rat. This is the sign of the initiator who loves to be involved and actively participating in everything that goes around him. The Zi personality is a doer and a leader. He is unusually alert, inquisitive, and intelligent. A child born in the year of the first earth branch needs a lot of attention and love. In return, he will be extremely affectionate and responsive. Outwardly, he may appear shy and quiet, but in reality his Zi personality is competitive and fiercely possessive of his loved ones, especially his mother. This closeness will remain throughout his life, if the child is able to bond properly. Zi personalities usually have no problem bonding with their parents. Because of their innate need for security and love, many children of the first earth branch tend to cling to people or caregivers they identify with and take separation very hard. He has a fear of abandonment and does not like being left alone for any period of time. The first day of school, a new baby-sitter, a new home, any change of environment affects Rat children especially hard. But, once they have overcome their fears and get into the hang of things, they are sociable and make friends easily.

In spite of his charming and sweet disposition, the Rat child does resort to crying and whining to get his way and will learn to talk early, as communication skills are vital to him. This is Just as well, as this personality is good at expressing himself and is never in doubt about what he likes and dislikes. As aparent, it will be easy to know how to please this baby or child, since there is no guesswork to be done. If you observe a Rat baby carefully, you will note that even before he learns to speak, he will be able to use his hands or even his eyes to sign and communicate what he wants from you. The main job is to constantly reassure this child that he has your full support and love no matter what happens. Your unconditional love is something that he will need to carry throughout life and will become his touchstone in times of trouble and uncertainty.

Children of the first branch tend to love eating and enjoy different tastes and textures of food at an early age. Later, they do take an active interest in cooking and will find their way around in the kitchen, helping with chores and with younger siblings. Easy to teach and quick to learn, children of this first branch are usually delightful to have around the house. If he is the talkative type, he could liven up any party or play group with banter and bossiness that is warm and quite entertaining.

This child will be able to keep track of his belongings and will develop an early urge to be a collector. As he grows, he may become more possessive and acquisitive, and although he may not be the most tidy or organized child, he will certainly have an excellent memory of what is his and a mental inventory of his toys. He is very sentimental. Don't try to get rid of anything without telling him or he will develop a mistrust for others taking his stuff when he is not around, and that will just magnify his innate need to horde and accumulate. This even extends to storing all kinds of food, snacks, and drinks in his room. Yet, even if he does have a suspicious side to his nature, he will always be generous, forgiving, and affectionate to his loved ones, especially his parents.

It is considered a blessing in the East to have a child born in the Rat year, as he will always be around to look after his parents when they grow old. In the eyes of the Rat, or Zi, personality, his parents and loved ones can do no wrong. He will cater to their needs and overlook any shortcomings because in the nest of the family, the Rat child finds true happiness.

The hardworking, vivacious Zi child will love to read and learn how to write early. Given the necessary encouragement, he will be ambitious and very creative. Children of the first earth branch take to music, drawing, singing, and have a multitude of talent because they are not afraid to try their hand at anything they find interesting. So, if the parents are musically inclined, this child will observe his parents and will be mimicking them and catch on in no time. The Rat child makes friends easily because he loves group activity and is able to communicate and participate without being difficult or stubborn. He will show his resourcefulness early in life and can be quite assertive if he thinks he is being shortchanged in any way. A child of this earth branch can become critical, argumentative, and crafty when he is thwarted by unfair or oppressive rules. He is a willing and hard worker but may love to bargain or haggle for every little thing, such as moving his bedtime, watching ten more minutes of television, or having another cookie. It is quite useless to be angry with him or to punish him. Remember, these same negotiating skills will get him far in life, and whatever he earns, whatever good deals he can get, and gains from his business or career later in life will always go to his own family first. It is far better to have him on your side.

The Rat child is quick to sense any underlying tension and nuances and will know immediately when someone is upset or angry with him. His natural intuition teaches him early in life to assess situations, which adults may think him incapable of doing. Do not underestimate his sharpness and ability to feel the hidden pulse of what is actually going on around him. He may not know how to pretend, because of his innocence, but you will certainly know he senses that something is afoot by his astute questions. More often than, not, he is right.

Children of the Moon. Copyright © by Theodora Lau. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2003

    An Excellent Book

    Mrs. Lau does a brilliant job at presenting a wealth of information in an interesting way. The book is well organized and easy to understand while at the same time thorough. I recommend this book to anyone looking to expand their horizons or educate someone else on Chinese horoscopes

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