Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should I read this book?
1. Why should I read this book?
Whether you are on the parent path or not your life touches many others. You never know when you might be in a position to point someone in a direction that might positively impact their life or the life of anther. Information gives people a choice. Even if the ideas in Compassionate Souls don't fit with your own views, they will most certainly raise issues that you will find worthwhile.
2. Why do you place so much emphasis upon having a "Conscious birth?"
Most adults alive today, came into this world at a time when parents had little information or support to give birth in a way that reinforced their parenting instincts and facilitated a strong connection with their baby. While many families are fortunate and overcome challenging beginnings, other's never do. Seemingly insignificant interventions during pregnancy or birth can interfere with nature and "snowball" into very serious problems which may necessitate removal of the baby to NICU -- separating the baby from his parents at this very critical time, and possibly requiring the use of technologies or drugs which might impact the immune system and or brain. We are fortunate today to have many choices regarding where we give birth and the degree to which we want technology utilized in this very sacred event. Unfortunately most parents still don't really have much of a choice, because they lack adequate information. As a result they may feel that they are being forced to accommodate the needs of institutions, and the institution's legal concerns, rather than having their baby's and their own emotional and physical needs met at this most critical time. From a biological standpoint, birth is a very unique opportunity. We are primed physiologically and hormonally for certain things to happen. If they don't we increase the risk of problems and create anxiety in both baby and parents. There is a saying, "Peace on earth begins with birth."
3. You take nothing for granted -- common cultural practices, medical dogma, government recommendations and family traditions -- who has time to explore and research every detail of their lifestyle just so that they can make conscious choices?
For me it is a luxury and a gift. A luxury because as a full-time homemaker I have time for research. A gift because I have a passionate interest in health and raising children to have good lives, and I have an education that enables me to think critically and search out answers. I realize that many people aren't in my position. That's why I felt compelled to write this book. I give information, point you in the direction to find out even more, and carefully explain and justify my point-of-view. Even after reading my book, you may not agree, but Compassionate Souls will bring issues you had not considered to the level of consciousness and then you will actually have a choice.
4. You go into great detail about what you should and shouldn't do to give your child a healthy start. How come my doctor hasn't told me any of this?
Although it is starting to change, it used to be that most people who managed to get accepted into medical school did so because of a single-minded focus upon academic achievement in a limited range of areas. Thus most doctors were not selected because they were considered to be well-rounded compassionate individuals, but because they were able to outperform their peers in select academic areas. Once in the program, the rigors of medical school encourage unhealthy lifestyles. Fast food, little sleep, stimulants to stay awake and study, and until recently, most medical schools didn't even offer, let alone require a single course in nutrition. Doctors are THE people who stand between the multibillion dollar pharmaceutical industry and their customers. This fact is not lost on the manufacturers of prescription medications, who work hard to influence the education of doctors and then relentlessly court them throughout their careers. With economic forces pressuring doctors to spend less and less time with patients, and legal precedents forcing them to always practice according to existing standards, you can see how a doctor may not be the ideal person to counsel you on healthy lifestyle choices. But some are starting to come around. Just look at the American Academy of Pediatricians coming out with an official position condemning TV for toddlers.
5. Since making healthy choices often means doing things differently from the masses....isn't it cruel to force a child to grow up so "different" from everyone else?
Wise parents don't forsake their values just because everyone else is doing it. Would you allow your child to drink alcohol simply because many of the other children are allowed to? Despite the enormous pressure that we all are under from advertisers who try to exploit our insecurities and seduce us into seeking refuge by trying to be just like every one else, every child IS different from the majority in some significant way. Whether it is skin color, religion, size, body type, athletic ability, mental ability, or socioeconomic background, every child is different from the majority in some major way. If we work to become comfortable with our own uniqueness, and continually point out to our children that "all families are different" then we lay the foundation for them to be free thinkers rather then followers. The sooner children come to terms with this reality of life the stronger and happier they will be, and the more they will be able to tolerate and accept difference in others -- without feeling a need to forsake their own values.
6. When will this book be available and how can I get a copy?
Compassionate Souls -- Raising the Next Generation to Change the World, is available NOW click HERE or on the picture of the book to place an order. You can request any bookstore to carry it. The list price is $15.00.
7. Where can I get more information on some of the topics addressed in Compassionate Souls?
Check out my LINKS to get started on your own research now!
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