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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2002
This is a unique book, blending profound scientific inquiry into what allows children to prosper, with the candid story of personal experiences and the upbringing of Breeze, Carla's daughter. For those who haven't personally met these two wonderful persons, it will help to take a good look at their photos first and feel their loving and intimate company as you read the book, written with the "child heart".

The "Child Heart" is a symbol of coherent universal connection. After a decade of the brain, Carla advocates "The Decade of the Child Heart", envisioning "the possibilities of a world of people who truly loved and empowered children, themselves and other adults. Our emphasis might be on community coherence and cooperation rather than commerce, competition and warfare." (p.159)

Coherence is "a conscious state of being in alignment with our purpose, joy, happiness and connection to others." (p.2) This is a key concept throughout the book. The Heartmath Institute found that the heart rate variability becomes coherent with feelings of appreciation, love, joy, and incoherent with frustration and stress. Such patterns affect the brain functions.

So many useful and fascinating insights, gleaned from extensive scientific studies are clearly summarized and explained in this book of under 200 pages, illustrated by over 30 figures. One gains enlightened understanding of: stress, depression, stress in utero, the heart as emotion generator, a new world-view of vibrational patterns, the key roles of sound, music, movement and play... Carla is an excellent guide. It is better than reading dozens of such books and not grasping the essentials and interconnections.

Just to quote one example on "The Sound of Dyslexia". "Many researchers now believe that dyslexia begins in utero with maternal stress that affects the semicircular canals. The resulting underdeveloped vestibular system affects the ability to hear..." The inadequate development of hearing "can end up with behavioral patterns that we label as Dyslexia, ADHD, Learning Disabled and even Emotionally Handicapped" (pp.110-111)

There are also many nourishing and thought-provoking quotes throughout the book.
E.g. "Everything happens as if human behavior were largely conditioned by the manner in which one hears." -Guy Berard, M.D. (p.110) "Laughter is the quintessential human social signal. It solidifies relationships and pulls people into the fold." -Albert Provine...

Every parent and prospective parent, all educators can learn much from studying this informative and compassionate book. "Awakening the Child Heart" is the revolution in education and "Global Parenting" that we sorely need throughout the driven, isolated and pill-dependent world. [In a new edition, it might help to have additional diagrams of the anatomy of the brain and also a bibliography of all the books quoted in the footnotes.]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2013
Every new parent must read this book as soon as they find out they are expecting! This makes a great gift, it is a jewel, a gem!!
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on November 4, 2014
Amazing book for a new parenting paradigm~
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