Do your children value peace? Or do they eat it for breakfast? Mindfulness, balance, peace are all vital components to children’s, and parents’, emotional well-being. This is a daily challenge for my family, as I would imagine it is for many competing against digital domination, over-scheduling, and the World of StressCraft. That’s why I was eager to review and share “Raising Peaceful Kids: A Parenting Guide to Raising Children in a Mindful Way by Kathy Walsh.”
This is curious. Kathy believes “children get [mindfulness] naturally, especially when they’re younger. We take it away from them by over-educating and over-programming them.” When I think of toddlers, mindful is not the first word that comes to, uh, mind. But, perhaps we’re looking at this all wrong. Perhaps we parents could use more peace of our own.
Through her book Raising Peaceful Kids, Kathy helps parents “connect children to the place where they know mindfulness exists.” I like to consider myself an open-minded parent (last pun, promise), so this book has got my full attention.
Raising Peaceful Kids is a light read that busy but mindful parents can zip through. It’s easy to follow and pick up positive tips to boost children’s emotional intelligence and teach them the value of peaceful, balanced living. The real work is in the application of the tips, especially because the onus is on the parents to lead by example.
While the book is written from a New Age point-of-view and can feel a bit love and lollipops at times, the core of it is solid and stays true to practical, positive parenting. The author’s anecdotes add a personal touch that allows the chapters to flow naturally, making the parenting tips both relatable and memorable (helpful when you have 32 tabs open in your brain).
Some key points in the book that resonate with me are:
- When parents create a balanced, peaceful environment, our kids become more peaceful and centered.
- It’s not about expecting perfection, it’s about a positive perspective on imperfections.
- When parents model unconditional love, it creates a foundation for children upon which they will build for the rest of their lives.
- Gratitude is a habit and the key that unlocks happiness.
- We have to teach our kids to listen to their intuition by listening to it first.
As any parent who gets interrupted 17 times a minute can appreciate, the author sprinkles reviews and helpful tools for applying her peaceful parenting tips. Today, my daughter and I are applying Kathy’s tools for encouraging kids to self-regulate emotions.
When children learn to manage their emotions, they can increase their emotional intelligence, boost their confidence, increase brain function, improve their social skills, and value peace. And you know what, it’s up to me to manage my emotions first — easier said than done, but not impossible. According to “Raising Peaceful Kids,” peaceful parents, peaceful home, peaceful kids.
I received a complimentary e-copy of the book for the purposes of this review. However, all of my opinions are my own. -Elle C.
Learn more about the author of “Raising Peaceful Kids”:
Kathy Walsh is the author of Joyohboy, the award-winning children’s books and meditation series, and has over 20 years’ experience working with children. Kathy has applied her mindful programs for the Rudolf Steiner School in New York and the Connecticut Conservatory for the Arts school. She currently resides between Santa Fe and New York and is working on Peace Place, a program that helps children bring positivity and happiness into their daily lives.