Soulful Parenting – a review and a giveaway

by Lindsay on May 27, 2014

in Intuition, Relationships, Souls

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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.

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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. 

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sarah May 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

sure hope i win!! great post!!

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Teri May 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I’m 3.5 years in and still trying to figure this whole parenting thing out. I’ve really been trying to get to my know my girls on a deeper level lately, though. It’s so easy to get swept away in their daily toddler and three-nager attitudes and inquisitive nature that it’s easy to forget that those headstrong and want-to-learn qualities will take them so far in life!

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Susan Gale May 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Teri, take a look at the many posts on the Soulful Parenting page and I am sure there are things there that will help you gain that deeper understanding.

I am grateful to Lindsay and also am happy to answer questions here.

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Teri May 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Thanks, Susan! :) I’ve found that it’s infinitely harder to connect with my “spirited” 3.5 yr old – she’s never been a lovey one & just seems like she’s always up for a fight, if you know what I mean. I’ve always been an even-keeled type of person, so for her to bring out such frustration and anger in me is very alarming to me… I really want to see past all of her argumentativeness and really see HER, but wow, it’s SO hard!

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Susan Gale May 28, 2014 at 6:18 am

A good strategy with argumentative children is to offer them choices, all of which are acceptable to you. This way, they fill their need to be in charge while still living within the parameters you set!

It might be interesting to do a past life regression to see what your past relationships have been. One parent with whom I work has a son who does not listen to him very much at all, but he was prepared for that as his son is his father reincarnated. I hope you followed all that! Often when one entity has been the one in charge with the other a subordinate, for lack of a better term at 6 AM, there is difficulty when the places switch!

Finally, it is pretty sure that she chose you to help her become more even. When she says things that are argumentative, help her figure out what she wants and then think about other ways to say it. You have until about age 5 to get this sorted out, for once they are five, they have decided what the world is like and what their place in it is. It is important that parents and adults in general understand how much is established in our psychological framework at early ages.

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Teri May 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Thank you, Susan – It’s a slow process, but I think we’re definitely making a little headway – I guess it’s just hard to see on a daily basis. On the positive side, every where we go, she is such a charmer – she’ll talk to nearly ANYONE (where my husband and I are MEGA introverts) and all of her teachers in her classes (dance, swim, etc) just love her…so I know we’re doing something right – she just loves to push all of those buttons at home (and I suppose that’s the way we want it to be when it comes right down to it!)!

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Trish May 28, 2014 at 1:36 pm

i had an amazing experience when my son was about 3yrs old. one night i had an astral projection episode, where my son and i were holding hands and turning flips in the air…..the next morning my son comes to me and says, that was fun last night! i said, what do you mean? and he says, dont you remember??? we were flipping around in the air???

totally blew me away….!!

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Susan Gale May 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Trish, these kinds of experiences are why I keep telling people that a life that spent paying attention is a richer life!

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CJ May 30, 2014 at 8:58 am

What a great focus on a not-so-often talked about aspect of children. So many things seem to be in a rush to get them to be more practical, “in the real world” and so on!

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Kara May 31, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I used to think I had to find the “right” answer about my kid, as if it was one-size-fits-all. Time has helped me learn who he is and meeting HIS needs specifically. It’s been much easier the 2nd time around, even though this kid is a lot more spirited. The days do drag on, but the year fly by and if I don’t stay focused on the moment I’ll miss it all….

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