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Readers will find this book on parenting unique as it is not based on the philosophies or views of one or two authors, but on the research, experience and expertise of a number of thought leaders of our time. Contributors in this parenting book are experts in their respective fields including personal development, psychology, biology, genetics and child development among others. The authors share how they have used their expert knowledge to successfully raise their own children. While the chapters are based on the latest research, they are written in an easy to understand and practical way, and include numerous personal examples from the contributors about their approaches to, and the challenges they experienced, raising their own children.
Each of the authors has made a significant contribution to our current understanding of how we can improve our lives, our childrenís lives and the planet. For example, Dr Bruce Lipton received the 2009 Goi Peace Award in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of new biology. His work is driven by his personal mission to spread the important message of his research findings - that each individual is a powerful creator of both their personal life and in the world. His books and seminars help individuals to understand the complexities of life and live the best life possible.
Other authors in this compilation have also made significant contributions through publishing research (eg The psychological, cognitive and physical effects of stress in pregnancy), participating in films (eg What the bleep do we know, Down the rabbit hole and the Secret), authoring books (eg Evolve your brain, Spontaneous evolution: Our positive future and The better baby series), and developing programs and presenting seminars (eg The inspired children program, The 7 Rís of good parenting and The science of changing your mind).
Many adults seek to understand and improve their lives through personal development programs and books. This is evident by the huge personal development market. It is possible, however, to start this journey as children if parents are given the right guidance. It is easy to imagine that the world would be a far better place if parents were able to help children understand that they are powerful creators of their personal life and have the potential to impact the world in a positive way.
Who can benefit from this parenting book?
The way to a different future is through our children. Imagine if our children had good self-esteem, were able to respect and communicate effectively with others, actively participated in life for the good of society and the environment. Parents, grandparents, carers, teachers and health professionals interested in this kind of future can benefit by reading this book to learn how to help children develop essential life skills. This book on parenting offers an evolved, tried and tested approach to raising children by the leading minds of our time. It has the potential to change how we raise children and change our future for the better.
About the author
Dr Rosina McAlpine is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is an internationally recognised teacher and researcher in higher education. She has taught at university for over 20 years and has received a number of teaching awards including a National teaching award in 2006, a Faculty teaching award in 2008 and a University teaching award in 2009 for outstanding teaching. Rosina has also excelled in her research as evidenced by her achievement of 5 international best paper awards. Rosina has completed studies in life coaching and neuro linguistic programming NLP and has been working as a family life coach for over 5 years.
Since becoming a mother in 2007, her research focus has expanded to include child development and parenting. Drawing on her many years of teaching experience and research into learning she has been able to develop practical and innovative approaches to parenting. She is the founding Director of Inspired Children and the creator of the Inspired Children Program which empowers busy parents with practical activities and advice about how to help their children develop key life skills and personal attributes in just 15 minutes at a time.
How this parenting book came about
Since my early 20s, Iíve been interested in personal development and, to this end, I have attended many seminars and read a large number of books on the topic. One such seminar, given by Dr Joe Dispenza on The Science of Changing Your Mind, was the inspiration for this book. Dispenza spoke about how he helped his children develop emotional intelligence and other key life skills. I was transfixed on his words and I realised that there are people out there like him who have the knowledge, expertise and most importantly the experience of raising children in a supportive environment so their children can live an inspired life. I knew I had to find these people!
At his next seminar, I spoke with him about my inspired children project and this book on child development and parenting. To my delight, he not only graciously agreed to contribute to the book, he suggested that I invite his good friend and co-presenter Dr Bruce Lipton to participate. Dispenza explained that a childís development begins well before the