Giveaway: Who They Really Are: Book on Spiritual Parenting $15 {5.24; US/Can} CLOSED

Who They Really Are-Christina FletcherThis giveaway is now closed.  Please stay tuned for the announcement of the winner. Thank you all for entering!

Author and fellow natural parent Christina Fletcher is offering our readers a giveaway of Who They Really Are: A guide to being a spiritually aware parent, a $15 value.

From our reviewer, Laura of Walden Mommy:

I can be really, really picky about what religious books I read. It seems like most books fall into extremes that I am not: super conservatives or very liberal. I try not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and read all the books with an open mind, taking what I want and leaving the rest.

However, Who They Really Are: A Guide to Being a Spiritually Aware Parent, by Christina Fletcher, is not so much about religion as it is about being in tune with your child. She defines their spirit or soul as Who They Really Are. She writes that children are born with a pure energy and Contrast (pain, unhappiness) is introduced into their lives with birth. It is our job as parents to bring them back to the Center and help re-establish the pure, positive energy into their lives.

The Book:

The book is divided into easy-to-read chapters. There is one chapter for each trimester of pregnancy, three chapters covering the first year and one about the second year of life. There is a special note for parents of children with special needs and adoptive parents.

Because it is not a “what to expect book” or a “how to parent” book, she does not go into great detail about each phase of parenting. Rather, she offers meditations and exercises for each phase of pregnancy to help bond with the baby and achieve a positive birth outcome. She suggests to think positively as your baby can pick up on your moods and experiences even in utero. Simple exercises are suggested, such as planting a garden or making an “inspiration board” for yourself.

As the book goes on, she offers simple troubleshooting ideas for Contrast events in your baby’s life. From babies who hate car seats to sleeping to separation anxiety, she offers simple, natural, from-the-heart solutions for each Contrast. This book could easily be considered an introduction to natural or instinctual parenting because the focus is on using your instincts to help your baby. Because her style of writing is simple, light, and quick to read, it would make the perfect baby gift for a new parent or parent-to-be.

Fletcher has many gems sprinkled thoughout the book. New moms will find comfort in “relax and remember, your baby is in transition but so are you. You don’t have to get it all right” (77) and “[t]he relationship between a father and his child can be one of the most beautiful things imaginable” (81). Her advice for weathering the tough moments is sound.

However, like many books, you need to take what works for you and leave the rest. I found a couple problems with this book. For example, in one part, Fletcher writes, “Most complications and difficulties in women’s birthing experiences come from a lack of trust in their own bodies” (51). While I agree that positive thinking and visualization is important, this statement seems to put the blame for pregnancy problems on the mother’s (theoretical) lack of trust. As someone who has experienced pregnancy complications beyond my control, I can honestly say that statements like that are the last things a new mom needs to hear.

Like any book, you need to use common sense when reading Who They Really Are. In her chapter about babies ages six months to one year, she writes about babies who do not like car rides and how to help them. She advocates packing a soft and non-messy snack within easy reach of the driver so, presumably, you can hand it to your baby to quiet them in the car. While the idea has merit, children in this age group are often just learning how to feed themselves and should always be strictly supervised. Babies under two years old should still be rear facing, and thus feeding them in the car, without another adult present to supervise the feeding session, is not recommended.

As stated before, this book would be a wonderful and unique baby shower or blessingway gift. Although it is a book about spirituallity, it is suitable for parents who adhere to a demonimation or those who do not. Because it is fairly short (169 pages), it is the perfect reading length for a new parent who might be overwhelmed by a thicker tome. Fletcher’s writing cuts right to the point with quick and easy tips but is gentle and kind in its delivery.

BUY IT!

author christina fletcherYou can purchase Who They Really Are: A Guide to Being a Spiritually Aware Parent online for $14.99 at ChristinaFletcher.ca as well as at Amazon (where it is eligible for free Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25) and at Barnes & Noble (currently $13.49 and also available for free shipping over $25).

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a copy of Who They Really Are: A Guide to Being a Spiritually Aware Parent, by Christina Fletcher, enter in the comments below! Contest is open to U.S. and Canada.

MAIN ENTRY:

  • Answer this question from Christina: What is something you appreciate (to the point of heart-swelling joy) about your children? (If you don’t yet have children, you can answer what you love about children in general.)

Leave a valid email address in your comments (the line where it says “email address”) so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses are not made publicly visible.

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RULES:

  • Contest open to Canadian and United States mailing addresses only.
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  • Any questions, let Lauren know: Lauren {at} NaturalParentsNetwork.com
Contest closes May 24 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
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Laura is most often found driving her herd of four small children around mid-western suburbia or tackling Mt. NeverEndingLaundry. Online, she blogs at WaldenMommy: Life Behind the Red Front Door about her life with The Herd, her Engineer Husband and their pesky dog; her faith; and dealing with post-partum PTSD following the premature birth of her third child. A natural birthing, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, semi-co-sleeping, healthy eating, green living hippie who likes shopping and shoes, she doesn’t claim to be a perfect mother . . . but is the perfect mother for her children.

52 Responses to Giveaway: Who They Really Are: Book on Spiritual Parenting $15 {5.24; US/Can} CLOSED

  1. Jen M

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  2. Jen M

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  3. Ani W

    I really appreciate the pure joy and innocence of my children. They can be a handful, but it is all worth it! I cannot imagine not having them!

  4. Ani W

    I liked Spiritually Aware Parenting on fb.

  5. Ani W

    I liked NPN on facebook.

  6. Brenna

    Something I love more than anything else right now is feeling my baby kick and seeing it. Nothing makes me happier than to see my baby thriving inside of me and knowing that I’m creating a little person.

  7. Suzi  

    Something I truly appreciate about my son is his sense of humor. At only 20 months he cracks me up like nobody else can!

  8. Linda J  

    What I appreciate most about my children (22 mo and 8 mo) is how they are breaking away years of layers in me. THEY, these little souls are teaching me everyday, life lessons which they already have in their little hearts. This brings me to have joyous tears and makes my heart burst with amazement.

  9. Sarah

    The thing I love most about my children is there unconditional love!! If I’m away for a few hours they are so excited when I come home <3

  10. rachel wolf  

    How lovely! I have deeply felt the spiritual significance of my two children since each of their births. They are so different in a core essence sort of way. My daughter throws starlight everywhere she goes. I see waves of joy that are left in her wake as she runs through a room. My son is deeply aware of who I am and who others are, both seen and unseen. Deeply so. Blessings,
    Rachel

  11. Amy McCarty

    When I am nursing my daughter I feel a connection like no other I have ever felt. I feel like we are one together like my body and soul were meant just for that moment when she looks into my eyes and we know we are connected on a very deep spiritual level.

  12. Sunni P

    The simple touch of a hug, cuddle, nursing, or a kiss with my child makes me feel such joy and gratitude. I have already liked the NPN and Spiritually Aware Parenting on FB. I would love to read this book.

  13. rachel wolf  

    Already like NPN on FB! (love, really.)

  14. Amy McCarty

    I have visited ChristinaFletcher.ca and learn that parenting is am amazing opportunity for us to learn as grow as human beings. This is so true. I have never grown more than I have since I have had my daughter. :)

  15. Stacie R

    I love how every MOMENT is its own beautiful untarnished moment, my daughter does not hang onto things the way adults do.

  16. Sunni P

    Sorry just saw to use separate comments. Liked NPN on FB!

  17. Sunni P

    Liked SAP on FB also!

  18. Amy McCarty

    Subscribed to Natural Parents Network by email. :) Excited to get the emails :D

  19. Amy McCarty

    liked Spiritually Aware Parenting :)