Our world is in desperate need of emotionally healthy children who will have the confidence and resolve to contribute their talents to the world, making it a better place.
The principles discussed in Parenting from Your Soul are based in spiritual ideology, challenging you to examine the role of parent from another perspective. Conscious choices made from this place can help us
• honor our children’s individual path;
• appreciate the phases of our children’s growth;
• open our hearts to give and receive a deeper level of love;
• practice forgiveness for others and ourselves;
• learn universal laws to create the life we want; and
• create relationships based on acceptance, honesty, and compassion.
Parenting from Your Soul helps you guide your child to a life of happiness and purpose while assisting you in making positive changes in your own life. It offers information about transforming your relationship with your child, no matter his or her age. Applying this information can open up a new way to approach your role as parent and change the way you approach issues in your own life.
The greatest gift we can give this planet is the creation of children who are able to live their lives with joy, purpose, and intention. You have the most instrumental role in this creation.
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Jeanmarie Wilson has been a high school guidance counselor, and a parent, for over twenty years. She combines the wisdom gained from this experience with the thoughts of a number of spirituality gurus in this delightful book. I’m happy to say that the warm, calm way in which I’ve heard her speak to students and parents is reflected in the insights she provides in these pages. Wilson organizes the book into over forty short chapters, none more than three pages long. The book progresses nonlinearly, so I’d recommend turning to the table of contents, choosing a chapter of interest, and going straight there. As the father of 10- and 12-year-old daughters who suffer from early-onset teenagerdom, one of the first chapters I flipped to is titled simply “Teenagers.” I found myself shouting, “Yes!” at Wilson’s first sentence: “Teenagers can be beastly…” She reminds us not to take our teenagers’ verbal assaults personally, that they do, in fact, love us even when they say they don’t. (Am I the only one who takes a slight satisfaction, or at least breathes a sigh of relief, when a friend says that sometimes it seems like his daughter really hates him?) Wilson compares negotiating the teenage years to teaching our children to ride a bicycle: we “have to practice the delicate art of holding on and letting go at the same time.” If we embrace this challenge, we can meet our children “on the other side” and go on to have a wonderful relationship with them as adults. The balance described above is a great theme throughout the book. Wilson shows how in so many situations it is okay to have high expectations and push our children to meet them, but that we also need to accept our children for who they are. She writes of a young woman whose parents pushed her so hard academically that she developed a skin condition, and a young man who had had open-heart surgery and yet was still pressured by his parents about his chemistry grade. “These parents were not unlikable or uncaring,” and yet, in their zeal for their children to “succeed,” they were actually harming their children and damaging their relationship. Wilson suggests we allow our children to get off the treadmill rather than pushing them onto it: “The most satisfying feeling in life is knowing we lived it by our rules… If we train our children to live by others’ standards and to look outside themselves for validation, we do them no favors.” Other chapters include “Raising Children With Character,” “The Laundry Can Wait,” and “Parenting Our Parents.” Wilson advocates for the essential, rejuvenating power of “Nature” and the belief that being a parent is “The Greatest Gift.” This is the type of book one can take off the shelf again and again for a quick burst of parenting advice and help in remaining focused on giving our children unconditional love. I know I will refer to it for many years to come.
A much needed book for those trying to raise children. Very insightful. In this age of technology where children seem to disconnect from everything unless it is automated, animated or artificially intelligent, this book gives much needed understanding to parents.