Parenting with Spirit: 30 Ways to Nurture Your Child's Spirituality and Enrich Your Family's Life

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As difficult as it can be for parents to cultivate their own spirituality amid the frenzy of their lives, it can be even harder to nurture their children's spiritual development. In Parenting with Spirit, author Jane Bartlett offers parents an inspiring yet practical way to both encourage and celebrate spirituality in their children and their family lives. These 30 child-friendly and interesting ideas include: creating rituals for the holidays, seasons, other festivities; going for nature walks, holding family ...

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Overview

As difficult as it can be for parents to cultivate their own spirituality amid the frenzy of their lives, it can be even harder to nurture their children's spiritual development. In Parenting with Spirit, author Jane Bartlett offers parents an inspiring yet practical way to both encourage and celebrate spirituality in their children and their family lives. These 30 child-friendly and interesting ideas include: creating rituals for the holidays, seasons, other festivities; going for nature walks, holding family meetings, storytelling with and without books, pursuing creative activities like art, music, and dance; turning everyday activities into play, and much more. Perfect for parents who are looking for ways to bring their family closer together or simply want to show their kids that life is full of potential and purpose, Parenting with Spirit is sure to add depth and magic to every family's life.

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These two worthwhile books promote nurturing spiritual development in children and teens. Englishwoman Bartlett, a parent and editor active in her own Anglican congregation, acknowledges that while many parents are not comfortable with traditional religion, they do seek to provide their children with spiritual guidance. She outlines 30 ways to enrich children's spiritual lives, e.g., creating rituals for seasons and festivities, honoring silence, caring for pets, praying, inspiring kindnesses, playing together, saying grace, and celebrating the joy of storytelling. A wide range of secular but spiritual writers are referenced, including Marcus Borg, Joseph Campbell, and Deepak Chopra. Highly readable and useful for parents uneasy with organized religion; for public libraries. Doe, a noted educator and founder of SpiritualParenting.com, is one of the writers to whom Bartlett refers. Drawing from her 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting, she offers parents ten inspiring principles to encourage their teenagers' spiritual development, e.g., "Words can profoundly change lives," "Remain flexibly firm," and "Let go and trust." These straightforward themes are expanded in chapters that contain poignant anecdotes and comments from parents and kids. As Doe is an Oprah guest and frequent speaker, her new work is sure to be requested.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641847349
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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