Synopses & Reviews
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, how do we, as parents, honor the spirituality of our children? As we shuttle between school, soccer practice, piano lessons, ballet lessons, birthday parties, and doctors' appointments, how do we find the time to encourage our children, through the ups and downs of growing up, to turn to God for guidance?
In 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting, Mimi Doe and Marsha Walch open our eyes to the spontaneous, creative, freethinking joy that characterizes a child's innate spirituality. In ten easy-to-follow chapters containing exercises and practical suggestions, the authors point out that opportunities to express spirituality are abundant in our routine life. Talking at dinner, lighting candles, performing daily chores--all of these events have the potential to be sacred moments.
Contemporary parents face unique challenges: In our media-saturated culture, children are continually exposed to violence, cynicism, and a confusing code of ethics. By offering concrete ways to help children develop positive values, Mimi Doe and Marsha Walch support parents' efforts to counteract negative messages.
10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting is an invaluable guide for parents who yearn to help their children nurture a rich spirituality of their own.
This timely book offers sound advice and concrete guidelines to parents who want to nurture the spiritual development of their children. Each chapter introduces a new principle (with specific techniques for making the best use of it) as well as simple insight-building exercises and affirmations that parents can do with their children.
Introduction: How to Use the 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting Chapter 1. Know God Cares for You
Chapter 2. Trust and Teach That All Life Is Connected and Has a Purpose
Chapter 3. Listen to Your Child
Chapter 4. Words Are Important, Use Them with Care
Chapter 5. Allow and Encourage Dreams, Wishes, Hopes
Chapter 6. Add Magic to the Ordinary
Chapter 7. Create a Flexible Structure
Chapter 8. Be a Positive Mirror for Your Child
Chapter 9. Release the Struggle
Chapter 10. Make Each Day a New Beginning
Suggested Reading for Young Children
Video Tapes for Young Children
Suggested Books for Older Children
About the Author
Minu Doe received her master's degree in education from Harvard. In addition to leading workshops on spiritual parenting, Doe is an award-winning television producer and is the cofounder of Pink Bubble Productions, a multimedia company dedicated to developing nonviolent, multicultural programming for children. Their first project, Concert in Angel-Land, aired on the ABC affiliate in Boston and is now available on home video. The coauthor of Drawing Angels Near: Children Tell of Angels in Words and Pictures, Mimi Doe lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband and two young children.