Raising Humans with Heart

Raising Humans with Heart : Not A How To Manual

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Becoming a parent is a seismic shift. For most, that sparkling newborn rocks your world with their smooth skin and fuzzy head you just can't stop sniffing. But as soon as you get the hang of caring for them, they change! Soon enough they are three-years-old and screaming in what seems like ACTUAL pain that they have to wear clothing (the nerve!). Then comes the hard eye rolls and sarcasm in 4th grade. And eventually a teenager who can outright refuse to do something. What then?

Alternating yelling and ignoring gets you nowhere and the authoritarian approach isn't working. You know what NOT to do, but what TO do?

This book brings what's important into focus: who you are as a person and parent, and how that affects your relationships with children. What if self-awareness and personal development were the ways to improve your family life? It is possible that building emotional intelligence and self-regulation skills will create a more peaceful home. Maybe we need to move beyond self-care into self-advocacy! And sometimes a reminder about child development or a tip about communication will shift the dynamic and help you get out of your own way. When we get out of our heads and into OUR hearts, it becomes clear how to best interact with children: with love and compassion. Our intentions and behavior towards our children can help them grow up with heart; the big hearts that the world needs right now.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 163g
  • English
  • 1735725625
  • 9781735725628

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Midwest Book ReviewRaising Humans With Heart: Not a How-To Manual lives up to its name, providing a book for parents of toddlers to teens which illustrates the concept of having heart and connects it to leading a good life. Many an adult will find this holds surprising lessons for them; not just about past childrearing pros and cons, but in its insights about human development: "Decades later, we still haven't figured out what kind of parenting leads to optimal human development, but we're getting closer and know that connection and attachment are key." Sarah MacLaughlin explores different parenting styles, their impact on the entire family, and how kids feel and process emotions. Her discussions about creating inclusive communities, subconsciously sabotaging relationships and teachings, and normalizing gender and sexuality differences provide thought-provoking inspections of conscious and unconscious choices that either lend to or detract from building big-hearted kids. From identifying and acknowledging stories of victimization and powerlessness and changing them, to developing a more conscious perspective of what it means to have a heart, MacLaughlin provides the nuts and bolts of embracing diversity and gratitude. This will enhance not only a child's training, but the entire family's interactions. Perhaps this is the greatest difference between Raising Humans With Heart and other books appealing to parents. It's not a "parenting" book, per se, but an inspection of the intrinsic belief systems and approaches to life that make us better humans. Those seeking an instructional guide to better overall living and social interactions, beginning with kids, will find Raising Humans With Heart the perfect starting point for fostering a better world.
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