Parenting Book: What Other Parenting Books Fail to Teach You
If you've read a parenting book recently, then you know that most of them are pretty much the same. A large percentage focus solely on the child's behavior, specifically, on how parents can get their children to do what they want them to. What they fail to explore is what really works with children: what I refer to as "connection and engagement" parenting.
What does connection and engagement parenting mean? To answer this question, I turn to ancient Native American philosophy. Unlike parents of today, Native Americans did not believe in punishing their kids. So what did they do instead? Did they let their kids run wild and get away with all kinds of inappropriate behaviors?
Native Americans did not believe in permissive parenting. They believed, as I do, that children don't come into the world knowing how to behave appropriately in different social situations. So how do children learn to get along with others?
We teach them.
Although this may sound obvious, this is not what most parents do. Most parents teach their kids a lesson by blaming, shaming and punishing them. All this does is teach a child to feel bad about himself. If you think you can raise a child to be a caring human being who is strong and confident by screaming at him, think again. Once you realize the truth of this, you're ready to read my parenting book.
This parenting book is different from others you have read because it will give you insight into your childhood and why you treat your children the way you do. This is the only way to free yourself from the negative influences of your upbringing. It's the only way to stop the cycle of abuse. This is essential because if you are a caring parent, you don't want to abuse your children, but that's exactly what you're doing when you're shouting at and belittling them.
In Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting, I combine ancient native ideas (like child stewardship) with heart-centered psychology to teach you how to raise a child to develop his natural strengths and grow up to lead a fulfilling life.
What better gift can a parent give her child than the tools to create genuine happiness?
There is no greater gift—for child or parent.
Although most parents think of parenting in terms of what they must do to raise a child, parenting is also a gift you give yourself. Once you understand this, you see that it offers you many opportunities for growth. This is why I combine native philosophy and psychology in my parenting book.
Native ideas lend themselves to a nurturing view of parenting and to bringing out the uniqueness in each child's heart, while psychology teaches us about human behavior and development, from birth to death. As you begin to embrace these concepts, you will blossom as a parent and as a human being.
If the native angle puts you off, consider this. Native American philosophy is based on stewardship—on becoming a true keeper of those who are in your care. Since it is not a religion, it will not conflict with your religious beliefs.
If what you're doing as a parent is not working for you, if you don't enjoy a close, loving relationship with your child or if you do and want to take it to a higher level, read my parenting book. It will give you entry into a whole new world and open your heart and mind to the miracle that is unfolding right before your eyes. It will make you a loving participant on the wondrous journey of parenting—a journey full of insight, stunning self-discoveries and the incredible privilege of knowing your child's heart.
Come join me and a growing number of parents around the world. Discover what parenting is truly about.
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Make sure to purchase the companion workbook/journal which helps you make the unique ideas in the book a part of your daily life. The workbook/journal is just $17.95 and is full of insights and exercises that will improve your parenting skills and your relationship with your child.
About the author: Laura Ramirez is the author of Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting and Keepers of the Children: Workbook/Journal. She is the publisher of Family Matters Online Parenting Magazine and lives with her husband and two children in the sage-dotted foothills of Northern Nevada. Laura teaches
via teleseminar (learn from the comfort of your home) and is available for interview and speaking engagements.
Keepers of the Children won the Nautilus Book Award (given by Martha Stewart Omnivision) for titles that "promote conscious living and social change." The book also won NCPA's Best First Book, Best Non-Fiction How-To and Gold Book Award.