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'Parents . . . you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali]. ' - Oprah Winfrey Become the awakened parent you've always wanted to be and watch your children thrive. All parents have aspirations for their children but for some these hopes turn into unrealistic expectations. In many cases, this puts huge amounts of pressure on children and has the potential to cause real harm 'Parents . . . you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali]. ' - Oprah Winfrey Become the awakened parent you've always wanted to be and watch your children thrive. All parents have aspirations for their children but for some these hopes turn into unrealistic expectations. In many cases, this puts huge amounts of pressure on children and has the potential to cause real harm, hindering your child's development. Challenging modern myths on how kids should be, Dr Shefali helps parents recognise children for who they truly are instead of holding onto society's impossible ideals. Drawing on Eastern philosophy as well as Western psychology, Dr Shefali offers enlightened, practical advice and explains her radically transformative plan which guarantees that you have confident children and a calm and emotionally connected family. Author BiographyShefali Tsabary, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University. Specializing in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy, Dr. Shefali brings together the best of both worlds for her clients. She is an expert in family dynamics and personal development and runs a private practice in New York City. Dr. Shefali has written three books, including the award-winning New York Timesbestselling book The Conscious Parent. Dr. Shefali is also a keynote speaker who has presented at TEDx, Kellogg Business School, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and other conferences and workshops around the world. She's been featured on Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Sunday and Oprah's Lifeclass. - The Awakened Family By Shefali Tsabary (Paperback)


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'Parents . . . you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali]. ' - Oprah Winfrey Become the awakened parent you've always wanted to be and watch your children thrive. All parents have aspirations for their children but for some these hopes turn into unrealistic expectations. In many cases, this puts huge amounts of pressure on children and has the potential to cause real harm 'Parents . . . you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali]. ' - Oprah Winfrey Become the awakened parent you've always wanted to be and watch your children thrive. All parents have aspirations for their children but for some these hopes turn into unrealistic expectations. In many cases, this puts huge amounts of pressure on children and has the potential to cause real harm, hindering your child's development. Challenging modern myths on how kids should be, Dr Shefali helps parents recognise children for who they truly are instead of holding onto society's impossible ideals. Drawing on Eastern philosophy as well as Western psychology, Dr Shefali offers enlightened, practical advice and explains her radically transformative plan which guarantees that you have confident children and a calm and emotionally connected family. Author BiographyShefali Tsabary, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University. Specializing in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy, Dr. Shefali brings together the best of both worlds for her clients. She is an expert in family dynamics and personal development and runs a private practice in New York City. Dr. Shefali has written three books, including the award-winning New York Timesbestselling book The Conscious Parent. Dr. Shefali is also a keynote speaker who has presented at TEDx, Kellogg Business School, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and other conferences and workshops around the world. She's been featured on Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Sunday and Oprah's Lifeclass. - The Awakened Family By Shefali Tsabary (Paperback)

30 review for The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    Yeah, this is a weird one for me to be reviewing as I don't read a lot of non-fiction. My oldest sister recently became a certified family counselor and on the heals of that announcement recommended this book (on our family GroupMe list). Since my children are all grown, I expressed doubts. Her response that it had helped her with their relationship with their grown children was convincing enough that I decided to give it a shot. And I'm really glad I did because the framework Dr. Tsabari detail Yeah, this is a weird one for me to be reviewing as I don't read a lot of non-fiction. My oldest sister recently became a certified family counselor and on the heals of that announcement recommended this book (on our family GroupMe list). Since my children are all grown, I expressed doubts. Her response that it had helped her with their relationship with their grown children was convincing enough that I decided to give it a shot. And I'm really glad I did because the framework Dr. Tsabari details here has the potential to be game-changing. The central point of her framework is to drop your expectation for what your child will like or dislike and let them decide for themselves. Which seems risky and all, but it actually makes sense if you read the book and hear her support for the method. Some of what makes it work is the "Awakened" part of the title. And I deleted about five attempts at explaining it because they got long and involved and maybe that's why you should read the book? Anyway, I found this a fascinating framework because I can see that what success we had, personally, came most often when we let our children be themselves and stopped pushing them to meet our, in hindsight arbitrary, expectations. It felt like a parental abdication at the time because so much of our society and culture is invested in the "parents push children to succeed" mindset. Only we could see that wasn't going to work with our kids so we moved to a more supportive/explorative role—asking them what they found valuable that they wanted to strive for, instead, and then supporting those efforts, but in more of a "consultation" way than a "driving force" way. So what I'm saying is that what she was saying matched up with our lived experience and illuminated why some things worked and others didn't. So it's determinative, at least in our experience. Which is important because of the next bit. I hesitate with this part because I really don't want to discourage people from experiencing this if they're even a little bit inclined. I don't want to provide excuses for why you might ignore it when the method and message is, on the whole, outstanding and valuable. The thing is, Tsabari's delivery is very much that of prophet, guru, or authoritative life coach in that she states "how things are" and doesn't bother with support or proof. And some of that includes rhetorical stances that assume a shared perspective without bothering to establish that perspective (like that "fear" underlies all negative emotion or that "ego" stands at the base of our problems with children). So I had to just get over constant references to "acting as our authentic selves" and "the universe is naturally abundant". I'm just not built not to quibble when someone makes broad generalities like those so I spent much of this book with "wait and see" (in the beginning) and later "the actual descriptive bits match my experience" (later on) so that I didn't shut down some otherwise very useful advice/information/pattern descriptions. The thing is, I don't know what this would have looked like without those elements embedded in transporting the message. It seems to me that you'd have to spend a lot of time on establishing a shared framework or with laboratory proofs justifying what she was saying and I'm not certain that what you'd end up with would be any better in the end. I was perfectly capable of translating "the universe" into my own faith tradition, for example. And the thing about what she was saying is that it all matched up with my own experience raising children (and observing those raised around me all my life). I'm no expert, mind. But I'm not a novice, either, and my BS detector for bad parenting advice is top-notch. So I'm going to end up giving this all five stars despite any friction I had while reading. And I've already recommended it to some folks at work and I've no doubt I'll be evangelizing this to anyone who deals with children on a regular basis, as well. Seriously, the connections she draws are a game changer and I want all of the parents to be Awakened, now, because it will radically improve child rearing in both results and the emotional cost/burden. And that's no small thing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Catalina Gardescu

    This is a book EVERY parent should listen to / read. A few times over. It is a good manual to follow, a thought provoking book and a great alternative to all of the parenting books I have read so far. It is challenging a lot of the beliefs about parenting that we were raised with or that we feel comfortable using. Don't expect this book to make you comfortable. On the contrary. It will push buttons, it will uncover sore spots, it will call out bits of truths that we are uncomfortable to look at This is a book EVERY parent should listen to / read. A few times over. It is a good manual to follow, a thought provoking book and a great alternative to all of the parenting books I have read so far. It is challenging a lot of the beliefs about parenting that we were raised with or that we feel comfortable using. Don't expect this book to make you comfortable. On the contrary. It will push buttons, it will uncover sore spots, it will call out bits of truths that we are uncomfortable to look at usually.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I like to read at least one parenting book a year. I’ve read quite a few of them over the years. I think this is a pretty solid parenting book. The best advice I think she gives is being your authentic self with teens. She has a lot of other really good information in the book. I can see why it’s so popular. I had it on hold for months at the library before my ticket came up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Reeser

    I think every parent should read this book!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Бојана Армацки Драгутиновић

    The book really makes you stop and think about all the times you've blindly reacted and how you should face your inner demons first in order to approach parenting in a healthy tone. One of the key takeaways for me is that raising a mentally and emotionally healthy child primarily requires us parents to parent ourselves first and remedy the trauma of past unconscious parenting, and the rest will unfold naturally. The book really makes you stop and think about all the times you've blindly reacted and how you should face your inner demons first in order to approach parenting in a healthy tone. One of the key takeaways for me is that raising a mentally and emotionally healthy child primarily requires us parents to parent ourselves first and remedy the trauma of past unconscious parenting, and the rest will unfold naturally.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Flieder

    Really thought-provoking and I'd love to try Dr. Tsabary's recommendations on being more aware and living in the moment. Her perspective makes a lot of sense . . . . but it will be challenging to implement with my 12 and 14 year old children. I really enjoyed that she read the book, her voice is so soothing. Really thought-provoking and I'd love to try Dr. Tsabary's recommendations on being more aware and living in the moment. Her perspective makes a lot of sense . . . . but it will be challenging to implement with my 12 and 14 year old children. I really enjoyed that she read the book, her voice is so soothing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tiny Dancer

    Absolutely brilliant book for anyone looking to connect deeply with their child (or anyone else for that matter) for life. For me it was affirming. I was already on the respectful parenting path and this book came along and deepened my consciousness as not just a parent, but also as a human being. Highly recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Astacio

    Very good book. Very insightful, sometimes drawn out and redundant towards the end but the messages on being a conscious parent & raising empowered children Dr. Tsabary conveys is an important guide for all families.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diliana

    One of the best educational books I have ever read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fatmire Marke

    I am so glad I found this book and the others by Dr. Tsabary. Absolutely life changing books. My kids are thriving and I feel a burden has been lifted by utilizing her advice.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book has changed me, and I feel like I’ll keep it close-by for a while. I enjoyed reading it slowly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ivana S.A.

    Recommend to all the parents worldwide! If we are not conscious about our behavior, as parent we really don't know what's going on in our relationships. And that's what counts! Recommend to all the parents worldwide! If we are not conscious about our behavior, as parent we really don't know what's going on in our relationships. And that's what counts!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Reading everything I can by Dr Shefali at the moment. Just loving her philosophy and insights on children.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey Taylor

    I read this book slowly over the course of a year, highlighting, pondering, putting its teachings into practice. Shefali Tsabary is one of my heroes. This whole book is about mindfulness in parenting, doing your own inner work so you don't unconsciously burden your children with your traumas or misguided beliefs, and honoring your children for the incredible people they are. Applying the wisdom and perspectives in the book has made parenting more joyful and beautiful for me, and I am so deeply t I read this book slowly over the course of a year, highlighting, pondering, putting its teachings into practice. Shefali Tsabary is one of my heroes. This whole book is about mindfulness in parenting, doing your own inner work so you don't unconsciously burden your children with your traumas or misguided beliefs, and honoring your children for the incredible people they are. Applying the wisdom and perspectives in the book has made parenting more joyful and beautiful for me, and I am so deeply thankful. I recommend it very highly! Thank you Doctor Shefali for blessing my life!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Solange Perez Mella

    The Awaken Family Me encantó como el libro se enfoca en sanar a los padres, como todo cae en nuestras acciones y palabras. Te abre los ojos a cosas que hacemos “por amor” pero que en realidad causan daños y destruyen la relación entre madre e hija.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    Game changer!! I recognize this book may not ring true with everyone. But everyone will find things in this book that will change them. I am currently dealing with some parenting habits that are becoming difficult with my teens and this book is a reset. It’s about changing you as the parent. Changing your reactions and views. It’s about how to set boundaries while respecting the child. Because we all want respect. Regardless of age. It is a meaty book with lots of advice. Definitely a great refe Game changer!! I recognize this book may not ring true with everyone. But everyone will find things in this book that will change them. I am currently dealing with some parenting habits that are becoming difficult with my teens and this book is a reset. It’s about changing you as the parent. Changing your reactions and views. It’s about how to set boundaries while respecting the child. Because we all want respect. Regardless of age. It is a meaty book with lots of advice. Definitely a great reference to own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meghna Karody

    Game changer! As I was reading through this I really(really!) wished I had come across this book earlier. But its never too late I suppose. This book is a must read for all parents. It definitely hit me hard in a some places and I really appreciated the advise and writing style. I plan to read other books as well by this author as this was my first one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stella Jemna

    Itțs an amazing book, I would recommend it to those who has or does not have a family. There are too many insights not to read it

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Highly recommend this one! I refer back to it all the time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samuella Samwich

    Not finished reading this book yet but it has already helped me come to terms with so much about myself in order to become the best parent I can be. It’s a book for healing and growing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becky Thomas

    Probably the most powerful and useful book I’ve ever read about parenting, probably because it focuses on you the parent rather than only the child.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Chan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Valeriya

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashton

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ioana Radu

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Waldron

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sangeeta Kalra

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Singer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Haytham Noorwali

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

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