What I'm Reading
Several months ago, I had the privilege of seeing Dr. Charlotte Peterson speak. She discussed her world travels to study parenting practices in peaceful cultures, and she shared her reflections and many photos from that period in her life. I found her talk inspiring, and I immediately began reading her book, The Mindful Parent.
The Mindful Parent is a manifesto, compiling data from decades of research. In The Mindful Parent, Dr. Peterson describes how families in Tibet, Bhutan, and Bali delight in the arrival of a new baby. She describes a slower pace of life, societies built on an understanding of interconnectedness, and how raising children with the value of compassion leads to a culture of peace. Dr. Peterson reflects on how these observations informed her own parenting, and she addresses the unique obstacles parents face in the U.S.
This isn’t a “how-to” parenting book. Rather, it’s a commentary on culture and how societal values shape our views on parenting. If you live in the U.S, it may compel you to reprioritize your family life in favor of simpler and more intentional practices.
“Empathy is critical if we want to create a world that is less violent, more compassionate, and ultimately peaceful” (Page 118).
“In order to be truly openhearted with our children, it is important to recognize how we were hurt as children; otherwise, we tend to unconsciously hurt our own kids in the same way” (Page 133).
“‘…seek to understand before you seek to be understood’’ (Page 182).
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