The awakened family A revolution in parenting

Shefali Tsabary, 1972-

Book - 2016

"New from the New York Times bestselling author of The Conscious Parent comes a radically transformative plan that shows parents how to raise children to be their best, truest selves,"

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New York, New York : Viking [2016]
Physical Description
xii, 348 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Shefali Tsabary, 1972- (author)
  • Part One: A new awakening
  • Chapter One: Learning a new way
  • Chapter Two: How the culture sets up parents to fail
  • Chapter Three: The invisible triggers of our reactivity
  • Part Two: Our parenting myths
  • Chapter Four: Myth #1: Parenting is about the child
  • Chapter Five: Myth #2: A successful child is ahead of the curve
  • Chapter Six: Myth #3: There are good children and bad children
  • Chapter Seven: Myth #4: Good parents are naturals
  • Myth #5: A good parent is a loving one
  • Chapter Nine: Myth #6: Parenting is about raising a happy child
  • Chapter Ten: Myth #7: Parents need to be in control
  • Part Three: Understanding our reactivity
  • Chapter Eleven: Raising the real child
  • Chapter Twelve: What's really behind our reactions
  • Chapter Thirteen: Transforming fear into consciousness
  • Part Four: Transformative parenting skills
  • Chapter Fourteen: From expectations to engagement
  • Chapter Fifteen: From mindless reaction to mindful presence
  • Chapter Sixteen: From chaos to stillness
  • Chapter Seventeen: From role to no-role
  • Chapter Eighteen: From emotions to feelings
  • Chapter Nineteen: From enmeshment to autonomy
  • Chapter Twenty: From judgment to empathy
  • Chapter Twenty-one: From discipline to enlightened boundaries
  • Chapter Twenty-two: From the battlefield to the negotiation table
  • Epilogue: Shedding skin, shedding light
  • Appendix: Thirty daily reminders to build consciousness.
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Best-selling author and speaker Tsabary combines the spirit of Thich Nhat Hahn's 1975 classic, Miracle of Mindfulness, with an intensive family-therapy session and the result is a transforming read for any parent. Only when we can separate our fantasies concerning who our children should be from who they actually are can we do justice to their original essence and craft our parenting to allow for this to flourish, says Tsabary. She focuses on the parents' awareness rather than the child's behavior. If you've ever experienced an imperfect parenting moment, or lashed out in anger as the result of a trigger from your own childhood, you'll be comforted to learn that you aren't alone. The author uses examples from her extensive therapy career, nonjudgmental we language, and stories from her own parenting experience to demonstrate her ideas. She takes complex psychology and transforms it into practical, perspective-changing advice. Helpful steps for change are highlighted after each section, and thoughtful poems are also provided for reflection. Copies of Tsabary's best-selling book The Conscious Parent (2010) are still circulating, and she has had appearances on TEDx and Oprah. The Awakened Family is sure to be popular in public library parenting collections.--McIntosh, Joyce Copyright 2016 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

"Parent, heal thyself" is the bold challenge in Tsabary's sequel to her bestselling The Conscious Parent. Tsabary teaches that even the most well-intentioned parental aspirations and expectations can stifle the development and expression of children's authentic selves. She posits that ongoing difficult behavior in children often comes from parents' immature reactions rooted in unresolved hurts, fears, and patterns from their own childhoods. Her solution takes aim at anxiety-producing cultural myths about parenting, replacing the need for control with mindful presence and self-understanding. Tsabary's calm, explanatory approach acknowledges that parents can have a hard time regulating their behavior when provoked. She has the rare ability to inspire parental reflectiveness about adult responsibilities without making the reader feel blamed, belittled, or overwhelmed. Realistic examples of everyday interactions demonstrate how family relationships can be moved to a place of partnership, empathy, and growth. Readers of Tsabary's first book will find this follow-up useful and encouraging, and those starting here will find everything they need without having to refer back. Tsabary's message is an antidote to recent trends such as for "helicopter parenting," teaching respect for children as people in their own right and urging parents to let them thrive. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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