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Parenting With Soul

Sally Collings


Published: 2011
Price: $27.99 GST inc.
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Description

Sally Collings is a blogger on the happychild website. She is also a publisher and author of Sophie's Journey, Positive and The World According to Kids.

For parents looking for more soul in their life and wanting to enjoy an active inner life while wrangling kids, nappies, crayons and odd socks. Sally Collings writes about making spirituality part of a family's everyday life - turning things we do daily into opportunities to practise mindfulness, gratitude, love and generosity. Sharing an eclectic blend of practices from some of the world's great faith traditions, Sally describes this book as "finding ways of living with soul in the midst of this messy, noisy, crazy life that is parenting."

Included in the book are ideas for:

  • slowing down and living in the present
  • discovering happiness in small things
  • developing family rituals and gratitude for what we have
  • making time for what gives you pleasure
  • giving your children the gift of attention
A book for: All parents.

happychild's Review

Here is a fabulous short video interview with Sally Collings, the author during which she answers three questions from Yvette Vignando about the content of her new book. Yvette asks:

Gold in the Laundry Basket: I love this chapter about finding the gold amongst the dross of washing socks etc. and I like the quote "You need the courage to keep it going when it seems nothing worthwhile is happening”. How do you suggest that mums and dads do this when they are daily confronted with so many mundane yet necessary tasks and sometimes find themselves despairing, their minds wandering or giving up on the tasks altogether?
 
Children as Gurus: I have often said that having children has taught me the most about myself, far more than anything I will even teach them. What have your children taught you about yourself and how can parents keep that sense of learning and wonder going? You focus especially on wonder, learning, fascination and play. What can we all learn from this?
 
The Busyness Trap: I am guilty of using phrases very similar to the one you quote in your book “I am great but there’s too much to do … things are just crazy at the moment” etc. Actually I have started to stop myself saying the part that comes after “but” because I think saying it out aloud affects my own thinking. And it can also change the whole subject of a conversation with a friend. How do you see our busy lives as affecting us – in missing out on what is important? I am of course asking this in a more secular sense – but maybe you have some ideas and suggestions for parents to slow down, appreciate, notice and get connected? Or grab the “odd nanosecond of serenity”


Highlights/Quotes

"Sometimes it's good to feel the adrenaline pumping to be charged and ready for action. There are times in a parent's life, though, when you have been stretched for so long that you lose your bounce. You can become a rubber band that has been pulled too tight around a bundle of responsibility for too long, and you can no longer snap back to your firm and bouncy former self."

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