My little girl is a dreamer – she’s often in her own little world, head in the clouds, laughing at her own private jokes. I often wonder what it is she’s thinking about; does she still remember what it’s like to be on the Other Side? Sometimes Evelyn will point to “nothing” (seriously, she’ll point to the ceiling or wall), smiling and giggling. and I wonder if she’s communicating with her spirit guides or a loved one who has crossed over. Of course, not all of my parenting moments are spent wondering about the spiritual side of Evelyn’s life. Parenting has forced me to become more grounded – there is nothing spiritual about picking up food that has (once again) been thrown to the floor, wiping a runny nose 597 times a day or washing cloth diapers. At least not for me.
Evelyn is nearly 16 months old now, I’m back at work at my office job (a different/better one, thankfully) and life is busy. The days are long but the months are short. Every day is a new adventure with a little one who is changing and blossoming every day. This parenting gig is better than I thought, but also harder. Seeing the world through Evelyn’s eyes makes it feel so much more magical than it did without the parenting lens.
There are so many books available that will tell you how to parent or give tips on baby sleep, parenting a toddler, how to talk to your kids – whatever the need, there’s a book for it. I haven’t read any of those (yet). I’ve been following my intuition and so far, it’s been serving me well. There is, however, one book I find myself referring to every once in a while.
After I announced my pregnancy here on The Daily Awe almost two years ago, a reader reached out to me and offered to send me her book, “Soulful Parenting : How to Embrace, Engage, and Encourage Our Children“. Shortly after I received the book, I read it from front to back while biding my time, waiting for my baby girl to arrive. I devoured the words, each of them resonating with me, as I imagined how I would parent, and wondered where my little girl’s soul had traversed before deciding to join me here. Now that Evelyn is here with me, I’ve been re-reading the book, and find it resonates even more deeply now that my little one is here. I find myself referring to the book as Evelyn grows, and applying its teachings to my parenting.
In today’s busy world, it is important for parents to find the time to nurture the intuition and spirituality of their children. Soulful Parenting is a guide to caring for that natural intuition and spirituality that is at the center of each soul. Each child is different; each parent is different; and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for how to be a good parent except maybe now. In their warmhearted style, Susan Gale and Peggy Day have pulled together different practices and philosophies that transcend and accent modern child rearing with an individual touch. They teach us as parents how to honor the hearts and souls of our little ones while also providing the sometimes necessary restrictions that living in today’s world requires.
Soulful Parenting is very thorough, beginning with conception and going through to adolescence. I love that it has a section dedicated to each stage of a child’s life.
Susan has generously offered to host a giveaway with me and offer one lucky reader a free copy of “Soulful Parenting“. There are a few ways to enter – you can do one (or all)! The only required entry is clicking over to the Soulful Parenting Facebook page and giving them a ‘like’. The rest are optional! If you don’t have a Facebook and would still like to enter, please let me know in the comments.