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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.

©2010 Namaste Publishing Inc. (P)2014 Namaste Publishing Inc.

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  • JM
  • 2019-05-22

Such a great parenting resource!

This book has given me countless tools to use in my parenting journey. I only wish I had found it sooner. I hope every parent takes the time to read/listen to Dr. Shefali’s work!

Thank you!

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A concept that an emotionally intelligent parent will love

Starting out, I wondered if this book was going to be a little too foofoo.
I have two daughters already at University and two more in grade school.
The Author kept me interested until I understood and began to buy-in. I started to recognize the situations I failed at and the things I was doing right, and then learned how to focus on myself and my reactions.
I love the ideas of this book and realized that the concepts are right on point and how I can use them to raise my last two girls.
Wish I would have read it 20 years earlier.

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Parenting must read!

I wish I would have read this book before I had children. This book brought up a lot of emotion for ne. I had to face my own childhood pain and really get honest with myself. I recommend this book if you are ready to take responsibility and face your own demons. .

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  • Bid
  • 2018-09-18

The better parent is from within

An enlightening audiobook that taught me to reflect on my own 'output' into the world before jumping into a thoughtless reaction that is fuelled by ego and not empathy.

Highly recommend this to parent(s) and families having a hard time connecting with their chid/children.
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#Audible1 The conscious parent

This book and Dr Shefali’s view have changed my parenting and my life. I feel relieved and much calmer having adopted some of her perspectives. Highly recommend, especially for anyone with anxiety or parent-worry!

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Voice and tone of the reader is hard to take.

The author reads this book with a very intense tone that is very difficult to listen to for any period of time... the general ideas in the book are helpful and enlightening. I felt that the examples the author uses from her interpretation of her client’s issues are sometime little harshly described...

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Amazing!

Great read for struggling parents who have challenging children. This helps you get a grip on the why!

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Changed my life

This has forever shaped the way I will engage my children. It is one I will circle back to and listen to again and again over the years.
Absolutely changed my life and has made me a better more connected parent.
Has also INSTANTLY changed my kids lives and they way they respond to me since I have made the shift to conscious parenting.

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Children as spiritual guides?

It might be counterintuitive to think that we as parents are the ones learning from our children but the more I’ve put into practice what I’ve learned from Dr. Tsabary’s approach the more I’ve realized this deep truth.

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Very insightful

The context of the book is amazing. The only thing I didn't like were the many scenarios that were discussed. they seemed to good to be true, but they did get the point of her message across. At one point in time I started wondering how many friends she actually had.

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  • Juliana
  • 2016-01-05

great book for parenting and self development

amazing book to become a better person and consequently a better parent. theory, why, and practical advises, how; nice voice and narrator (which is the writer her self).
should be thought in schools and universities.

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  • Ada Nunez
  • 2016-05-09

Good message but with flaws.

I listened to it because a good friend of mine recommend it. I however struggled to finish it. the information is good, but her reading of her own work was a put off (and I almost never complain but instead adapt to the performer). Other two aspects I didn't like was her intense use of generalizations and that her work is directed to the upper middle class up, which is specially sad, since her message is very good for growing at a personal level and as a parent, and all segments of the population would benefit from it.

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  • Ja H
  • 2015-03-03

Heals both the parent and the child!

We're on our last 2 of 9 children with 22 grandchildren so far and I haven't heard this much parenting truth ever. Thank you!

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  • Dylan Rickaby
  • 2019-10-08

A parenting book straight out of the 60s

I am literally dumber for having listened to half an hour of this book. During that time, I was told that I can’t get in the way of my child’s karma, my children have enchanted spiritual essences, blueprints for their souls, and that they have cosmic destinies. At no time did they ever even attempt to address any of the issues that parents might face with raising children. Instead, the flower child movement is alive and well in this book, doing harm to your children if you let it. One star out of five, apparently I can’t read it at zero. DO NOT BUY!

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  • Michelle
  • 2015-06-09

Life changing book

This book totally changed not only the way I look at parenting my 2 year old son, but at all of my relationships. I'm so grateful I found this when he was young. I thought I was already a conscious parent but I had lots of opportunities to change. I love that Dr. Tsabary reads the book - her voice is so soothing.

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  • Juan J Zamoramo
  • 2015-12-28

Cual es tu contribucion buena o mala en tus hijos.

Una abierta de ojos a la gran influencia que tenemos en el comportamiento y formacion de nuestros hijos y de donde bienen nuestras limitaciones como Papas. Algunas de las teorias que la Dra.Tsabary presenta fueron sorpresivamente refrescantes para mi. Altamente recomendable para Papas nuevos.

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  • whitney
  • 2015-09-17

Best parenting book out there

I loved every minute of this book. It's one I'll refer back to over the next several years as my children grow. I loved her approach of the there's-no-quick-fix-parenting out there. Good kids begin with a conscious parent.

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  • laorina
  • 2020-03-01

The holly grail of parenting

As a parent, a clinical psychologist and a business owner who works with 100’s of families every week this is BY FAR THE BEST parenting book I’ve ever read/listen to out of plenty. This book should be required by law! I strongly recommend to not skip it and do a favor to yourself and your children by devouring it once and again

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  • teresa c. marquez
  • 2020-07-23

Will continue to reference back to this book for guidance and reassurance.

I grew up in a destructive manner that was described in this book which has helped me forgive my parent and become a more mindful parent to my little angels as well. Thank you so much as this changes lives one read at a time!

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  • Saminathan Suresh Nathan
  • 2016-11-02

A collection of fuzzy warm stories

It's well written and narrated. The subject matter is a collection of personal experiences and case files. It does a reasonable job of identifying scenario types but not of suggesting solutions. The obvious case matter based on ethnic issues and especially what seems to be the middle class makes this book somewhat skewed. There are a few affirmations for my assessments as a parent and healthworker but really nothing concrete I could use.

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