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Inspired Children: leading minds of today raise children
Parents naturally love and care for their children, but parenting requires more than just love. Informed parenting requires knowledge and understanding of the changing physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual development of children as they grow into young adults. Wouldn't it be so much easier for parents if we could base our most important decisions on scientific evidence, rather than by trial and error or other people's opinions? Wouldn't an approach that combined love, experience and the latest research help parents to feel more confident and provide better outcomes for our children?
Inspired children does just that by turning the science of child development into the art of parenting. Contributors to this book are some of the world leaders in areas of genetics, neuroscience, personal development and psychology. Each expert author discusses the latest research on child development from preconception right through to teen years in an easy-to-read form, and shares how they have used the findings to support their child's development. With lots of practical examples and heart-warming personal stories, the book is a valuable resource for early childhood educators, teachers, child psychologists, carers, grandparents, and anyone who works with children. A must read for every parent who wants to raise an inspired child.
About the editor
Dr Rosina McAlpine is an internationally recognised educator and researcher with four teaching awards and five best paper awards. She's developed practical and innovative approaches to parenting, including the Inspired Children program empowering parents to help their children develop key life skills like good self-esteem, communication skills, and resilience.
1. Preparing for parenthood by Bruce H. Lipton, PhD2. Managing stress during pregnancy by Dr Monique Robinson 3. Raising healthy and happy babies by Janette Roberts 4. Preparing children for life by Dr Rosina McAlpine 5. Supporting emotional intelligence in children by Dr Joe Dispenza 6. Parenting psychologically healthy children by Michael Hall, PhD 7. Helping children to manage stress by Maggie Dent 8. Helping children develop a positive relationship with life by Dr Rosina McAlpine based on an interview with Dr Joe Dispenza 9. Inspiring children to achieve goals by Sandy Forster 10. Learning partnerships with children by Dr Yvonne Sum
From the book review by Charles Areni, professor and single father of two: "In the movie Parenthood, Keanu Reeves’ character, who is on the verge of becoming a teenage parent, quips ‘You need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish! But they'll let any ***** a**hole be a father."
I’m a father. It’s the most important role I’ll ever have, and yet, come to think of it, I didn’t need a university degree, a high school diploma, or even a license.
Rosina McAlpine starts with this basic premise, observing that ‘society as a whole seems to view parenting as something you can do just because you can have a child.’ She’s right. Most soon-to-be parents are woefully unprepared, hoping to ‘learn on the job’.
McAlpine explores several strategies for raising motivated, goal-directed, self-assured children. The lessons are basic, and yet insightful. For example, what parent doesn’t want his children to help out more around the house? The solution is simple - make chores seem more like games! Create a point system. Get your kids to compete against one another. McAlpine taught her son the ‘laundry game’, where clothes are sorted by colour and then ‘stuffed’ into the washing machine, when he was just a toddler!
Subtle nuances become apparent if you read carefully. For example, McAlpine doesn’t just ask her four-year old son to ‘use words’ to communicate what is troubling him, but rather to ‘use his words’, giving him a sense of mastery and control over his problem as well as his developing vocabulary.
There are provocative ideas throughout Inspired children. Bruce Lipton explains how parents must start preparing even before conception! Imagine that! Information about parents’ diets, stress levels, emotional reactions, and behavioural habits can be passed along to their children via ‘epigenetic processes’. In short, your children’s genes will contain information about the world you lived in and how you lived in it, so live well!
Joe Dispenza’s ‘bread experiment’ is so intriguing that every reader will want to try it with their kids. If it works, they will quickly move on to the ‘plant experiment’, both wonderful ways to teach kids that what they think and feel and do in the world matters! They can control their fate by learning to be in the moment, and to harmonise their thoughts, feelings and desires.
There are some anomalies. For example, Janette Roberts advises parents to ‘cut through all the information’ and ‘tap into your instinctive response’; to ‘silence your, left, thinking, brain and listen to your inner voice’. This seems somewhat at odds with the premise of Inspired children, which is to make use of all the accumulated scientific evidence on effective parenting. Nevertheless, she offers intriguing explanations for why many contemporary parenting practices may be at odds with what nature intended.
Overall, Inspired children is a wonderful source for parents seeking guidance on the most amazing journey life has to offer. It’s a great read too, which is good, because there are so many lessons to be learned and absorbed that a single reading may not be enough. You’ll want to read each chapter again and again until the basic principles become second nature.