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Publisher's Summary

"Parents...you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali]." (Oprah Winfrey)

New from the New York Times best-selling author of The Conscious Parent comes a radically transformative plan that shows parents how to raise children to be their best, truest selves.

What if...?

What if I told you that you can put an end to all of your parenting struggles?
That you can learn to parent without fear or anxiety?
That you can end conflict with your children?
That you can create close and connected relationships within your family?
Would you accept this invitation to a revolution in parenting?

We all have the capacity to raise children who are highly resilient and emotionally connected. However, many of us are unable to because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting and our own inner limitations. In The Awakened Family, I show you how you can cultivate a relationship with your children so they can thrive; moreover, you can be transformed to a state of greater calm, compassion, and wisdom as well.

This book will take you on a journey to transcending your fears and illusions around parenting and help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious. It will arm you with practical, hands-on strategies and real-life examples from my experience as a parent and clinical psychologist that show the extraordinary power of being a conscious parent.

Everyone in your family is ready to be awakened.

Will you take this journey with me?

- Shefali

©2016 Shefali Tsabary (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Stop struggling, parents. Here is the key to relaxing into your family and into your parenting.... [Tsabary] has a new book releasing us all from the stresses of 'making' the perfect child." (The Washington Post)

"I want to give this book to everyone I know who is a parent, a grandparent, a child, a grown-up child...everyone. It's not only a primer for the kind of family life we all long for, it's also a guide to being human - to living with more ease, more love, more joy." (Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of Omega Institute and author of Broken Open and Marrow)

"Shefali Tsabary shines the light of wisdom on the most enlightened aspect of parenting: discovering a child's individual personhood and purpose, and nurturing the path to its fulfillment." (Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning)

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My entire perspective of parenting is changed

I'm currently taking applied behavioral analysis and Dr.Tsabary's perspective on how to interact with your children (and people in general) is the mindfulness version of this. Remove the need for punishment, use reinforcement as a valuable tool to help shape/guide their behaviors, use natural consequences and teach replacement behavior. Treat your children as people (because they are) and take into consideration how your emotions and behavior are affecting them. Children are not property we have the permission to unload our baggage onto, treating them however we want-they are little human beings we have created who deserves our mutual respect and whom we were responsible to care for.

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Full disclosure, I only listened to the first 3 hours of the book. I kept waiting for it to go somewhere. The Author makes a lot of presumptions about the reader; specifically that they are very much not self-aware at all. I felt like someone was talking to me as a 5th grader before I had made many of the common emotional and developmental breakthroughs we all go through. If I was that far back in my development I would never have decided I was ready to raise children.

I went into this book looking for good, factual, science-based information to help better raise my daughter and her shortly arriving sister. Instead I got a lot of opinion, a lot of metaphysical terminology, and the scope of all information was limited to her anecdotes. The anecdotes themselves had fairly unbelievable dialog based on the given age of the kids she was working with. The irony was that, in these dialogs, the kids at age 12 were infinitely more self aware than their parents at age 30+ yet the premise was that you as a parent were hampered as a child by your parents and never developed these self-realizations. The anecdotes may have all been real, but they really felt unauthentic.

It's entirely possible that her opinions are correct but as she was a PhD I was really hoping to hear about findings from a much larger base of study, of biology, chemistry, the true underlying components of our bonds with our children. That didn't seem to be there. Maybe it was in the later chapters but 3 hours in and it didn't seem to be going anywhere in that direction.

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Always Amazing

Now that I've listened to the audiobook I plan to start my own journal to keep track of how I am doing with staying conscious. Shefali's words of wisdom are absolutely priceless.

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Inspirational.

Finally. Some parenting advice that cuts through the continuous cycle of generational trauma and provides practical, mindful solutions.

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BEST PARENTING BOOK EVER.

LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. A MUCH NEEDED WORD FROM ABOVE. LISTEN WITH AN OPEN HEART & MIND. THE REVOLUTION HAPPENS WITHIN THE FAMILY HOME. To be rEvolutionaries is to be gentle with ourselves & our families.

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  • K5
  • 2021-04-24

Wish I read or listened to years ago

Highly recommend all parents read this before their children turn 6 and re read when they are just entering teen years!!! Very helpful and good reminders that parenting changes as the child changes and it’s a partnership. If children can respect us they will respect themselves. If we respect them they will respect us and this kind of bond will carry them through their own lives !

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not a good listen

I really love the book content and thinking of getting in hard copy to read many times in the coming years. however, I didn't like the narration and found it hard to follow while listening.

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Loved it!!!

Loved this book!!! For anyone seeking deeper connection and compassion with their kids, significant other and/or themselves!

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A Parenting bible

This book is life and family changing. I would recommend it to anyone And everyone who is a parent.

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Eye opening and healing.

This book is full of wisdom and insight offering a new and engaged way of approaching our relationships. Most of the information within this book is not only beneficial to raising children, but brining awareness into our everyday, and in ALL relationships; first and foremost the one we have with ourselves. Thank you !

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  • Alissa Sherman
  • 2016-05-31

This is the only parenting Book you will ever need!

Amazing, revolutionary, life transforming. Dr Shefali's voice in captivating, her words are indisputably the most profound, insightful and valuable words your will ever listen to on the subject of parenting. She teaches us how to live in harmony with both ourselves and with our children. This is not a "how to" manual, this is the mirror that will reflect your true self back to you and help you start making the changes in your life necessary to live with awareness, with clarity, with insight and with consciousness. This book takes you on a journey through self reflection and challenges you to the very core. Be prepared to strip down and shed all the generational baggage you have been projecting on your kids. You will learn how this baggage has been contaminating and intoxicating your relationships especially with your kids. On this journey you will learn how to connect with your children in ways you thought was impossible.. And it all starts with the self. Dr Shefali teaches us how to raise ourselves through our children and become enlightened conscious parents. Amazing on every level!

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  • Kelly T. Hutcheson
  • 2016-06-01

LIFE CHANGING BOOK!!!

Would you listen to The Awakened Family again? Why?

As an educator and parent of 2, I have read every book under the sun both personally and professionally and there isn't a better book on the planet for transforming the relationship with your child. It completely transformed my connection with my children and reduced the stress level in our house dramatically. Im forever thankful for Dr. Shefali's work and will pay it forward for life!

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  • Oana Andrei
  • 2016-05-31

Amazing book!

The best book in parenting ever! A must read for everyone! Help me to have a better relationship with myself, raise my inner child in order to be a better parent for my daughters. Very grateful that I have found her! The world would be a much better place if all the people would read and apply her work.

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  • greg allen
  • 2016-06-16

Let's change the cycle of disconnection

I love having to rethink an idea I thought was my own. This book gives you access to a paradigm shift. I'm doing it because I am aware of what I am doing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-12

Life changing!

This book has copletely changed the way i see my son, but most of all, myself. i believe this is a book not only for parents who want to improve their relashionship with their children, but also for anybody who wants to improve interpersonal skilks and have a better relashionship with loved ones. I recommend this book to every one wether you are a parent, teacher, son, daughter or single person. It will change your life!

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  • Jamie Adler
  • 2016-11-15

Transformed my concepts of patenting

This book is a simple yet powerful approach to shifting everything I thought was the " right way " to parent. Through this loving and conscious method I have already seen changes in myself and therefore how I patent in this new radical zen way! Thank you!

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  • Alissa Effland
  • 2016-08-10

Every parent should read. SO helpful!

The author's ideas just make sense - and the ones I've tried out so far have all worked. It helped me wrap my mind and heart around new ways to connect with my children.

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  • Michael
  • 2019-08-07

Good parts

Some of this was a bit woo, but other parts, especially towards the end, were quite helpful. It was a bit long and repetitive though, and had those 'perfect ending' scenarios that happen in books, but definitely not in real life with my kids.

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  • 2017-05-27

Fluffy and screams "new age".

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I am a huge Eckhart Tolle fan, and reread his books regularly. I am very interested in mindfulness topics. I am a new father. I thought this book would resonate with me, but I just found it way too full of new-age babble, and not actual science. The fact the author is a doctor made me think the book would be more substantive and researched, and less preachy speculation. To give you a sense -- each chapter ends with a "poem". Perhaps that says enough right there. (By the way, I love poems, but do not think this book is the place for them.)

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  • terri
  • 2017-03-14

Eye opening

This book will hangs my life I have only inputed its practices for a week but I truly feel calmer and more open and have a wider understanding of how to deal with the challenges in my home ! This is a must listen to! Also the author is the speaker which I LOVE!

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