I've been hearing this a lot lately…people are kindly asking me
what my new book is about.
But honestly, I struggle with summing it up with a simple
explanation or definitive answer.
I can say that it's a parenting book and a personal growth book,
and my intended message is contemplation and inspiration.
Ultimately it offers a perspective, a way to view parenting and
life in a more clear and pleasurable way; to get off autopilot and
move through life feeling self-aware and connected.
And because I am constantly learning, I share experiences;
stories about what my children have taught me, stories about self
acceptance, stories about dealing with fear, and stories about
finding peace and contentment.
I share these stories to remind us of what we all already know;
to help us separate, even if it's just momentarily, from the hustle
bustle of life so we can remember what is truly important, so we
can realize joy and embrace what truly matters in this life.
And although the players and experiences are different in every
chapter (each chapter is very short by the way....it's an easy read
for a busy parent), these are some of the lessons that pop up over
and over again……
I could go on, but I have a thing with the number 7, so I'll
Just know that there is so much wisdom out there and so much
wisdom in us; becoming a parent is our wake-up call to access this
wisdom. It's an opportunity to take responsibility for our
lives, to realize what is/isn't working and discover new ways to
To be great parents we need to start with ourselves. We
need to become self-loving and self-aware people so we can pass
this on to our children. Children do not learn by words, they
learn by watching us live, so it is our responsibility to
find joy so we can share it.
And isn't that a relief? That we are supposed to find
joy? That it's OK to be happy? That life is not
supposed to be about suffering?
So if you want to help me out and formulate a sentence or sound
bite to sum this all up, I would greatly appreciate your
My new book The
Self-Aware Parent Two: 23 More Lessons for Growing with Your
Children is available on my website or
Amazon….it's a continuation of my first book The
Self-Aware Parent: 19 Lessons for Growing with Your
Children….you can buy them
together (only $20 for both) on my website.
You can also "like" The Self-Aware
Parent or follow @selfawareparent
for links, quotes, tips, and resources....
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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