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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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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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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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Disappointing

What would have made The Conscious Parent better?

This book has lots of great ideas and goals to achieve as a parent but no real advice regarding what to do when faced with a teenager who is directly antagonistic or recurrently challenging a boundary that must exist. I have 3 good kids but I bought this book because I want to be the best parent possible. This book wasn't a useful tool.

What could Dr. Shefali Tsabary have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See above. I stopped listening about half way through the book and may have missed the more concrete material. If that's the case, it needs to be included earlier. You win a reader over by building on small successes and bringing them along.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Her accent was pleasing. Her voice sounded friendly and approachable, and consistent with her message/philosophy.

What character would you cut from The Conscious Parent?

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Any additional comments?

I wholeheartedly agree with the author's message. I believe strongly that I don't get to "choose" my kids, only guide and support them. This book affirmed my belief but didn't help me get there. I don't know that it would convince a more authoritarian parent of the primacy of autonomy either.

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Best soul journey ever

More than a parenting book! Must read!! Loved every word in this book!! Have listened twice already and will listen again! Message is so important!

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Painful for me

I found this book painful. I could not listen to the authors voice one more second. I could not relate at all to not asking teachers how my kids are doing academically. Are you kidding? Dr. Tsabary gave examples of kids and families struggling and how they broke through. Even then, blah. Nothing spectacular. And her daughter sounds like an angel over all. Give me a break. If I talked to my A personality kid the way she suggests, I’d be walked all over. Pass.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful