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This thought-provoking book addresses many of today's societal problems and outlines the author's children-first plan for a more sustainable world. --Parent & Child

How often do you come across a book that might actually change the world for a better?... Read it, believe it, and pass on the message! --Jane Healy, Ph.D., author of Your Child's Growing Mind

Ever since Jesus, people with what has seemed too simple, but is actually a profoundly on-target view, have been trying to tell us the key to the better life lies in how we treat our children. Pestalozzi tried in the 1700 and 1800s. Montessori and Piaget again in the 1900s. Now history or better still, evolution has come up with a fascinating successor for the 21st century: Raffi, who brought us Baby Beluga and award-winning recordings and family concerts spanning thirty years. Long probably the world s single most beloved children s entertainer, Raffi is now Raffi Cavoukian, founder of the eternally revolutionary concept of Child Honoring. As the book title Child Honoring: How to Turn This World Around (Raffi Cavoukian, Sharna Olfman, ed.) makes evident, this is no light-weight, feel-good idea cooked up out of blindly optimistic New Agism. Today we honor Freud as the heavy-weight founder of psychoanalysis, or Marconi as the founder of radio. In the contemporary deep thinkers that Cavoukian and Olfman pulled together for this book and particularly in Raffi s own introduction and closing essay it becomes clear that in the concept of Child Honoring as he s developing it, Raffi Cavoukian is becoming a new founder of urgent global importance. Chapters by leading thinkers in the fields of psychology, education, economics, business, governance, and religion for example, Fritjof Capra, Riane Eisler, Matthew Fox, and David Korten flesh out the concept in the body of the book. These chapters have the impact one expects from such deeply and well-grounded folk. But I am particularly impressed with Raffi s own contributions in the introduction and closing. This is a man who has thought through the challenge facing us with the rare kind of vision and grounded practicality needed if we are ever to move beyond lip service to Jesus, Pestalozzi, Montessori and Piaget. Here s a quick list of the Child Honoring principles he develops in the introduction to reverse the deterioration of natural and human communities, thus brightening the outlook for our children and the world we share. Respectful love. Diversity. Caring community. Conscious parenting. Emotional intelligence. Nonviolence. Safe environments. Sustainability. Ethical commerce. It is in his closing essay, Onward! Making a Vow: Living the Covenant, however, that Raffi surpasses himself. In nine and a half pages here he literally explodes with inspiring capsule reports on what some wellknown movers and shakers of our time are doing and his own fresh ideas to advance the Child Honoring revolution. In these very dark days for all of us who have worked so hard for so much of our lives to make things better, this book is a welcome fresh breeze. It s only in hardback so far and well worth buying. But with the need of the world for the message it trumpets so effectively, I look forward to the paperback that will more rapidly spread its original blessing. --David Loye, Founder of the Darwin Project Council, author of Darwin's Lost Theory of Love, former Book Review Editor, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution

About the Author

RAFFI CAVOUKIAN, C.M., O.B.C., D.Mus, D.Litt, the founder of Child Honoring, is best known as Raffi, award-winning songwriter, recording artist, ecology advocate, and author. A recipient of the Order of Canada and of the UN's Earth Achievement Award, Raffi is president of Troubadour Music, and a member of the Council on Human Development. He lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.;SHARNA OLFMAN, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Point Park University, the founding director of the Childhood and Society symposium, and Series Editor of the Childhood in America book series with Praeger Publishers. Her Praeger books include No Child Left Different (2006), Childhood Lost (2005) and All Work and No Play (2003). Olfman is a member of the Council on Human Development and a partner in the Alliance for Childhood.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Homeland Press; Reprint edition (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986644609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986644603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For millions of fans, Raffi's music was the soundtrack of their childhood. These "beluga grads" now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children's entertainer in the western world, and Canada's all time children's champion. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees, is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Club of Budapest.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reasoner101 on November 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
My wife and I are intent upon creating a commercial free childhood for our sons, who are now 4 and 6. We thought we were well versed on the subject; she has a PhD. in literature and reads a lot, but after reading some chapters of this important book, we both learned some very helpful lessons. Highly recommended for parents who believe another world is possible, and who take modelling such a world seriously.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kolin on July 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"At this critical point in the history of humankind, the irreducible needs of all children can offer a unifying ethic by which the cultures of our interdependent world might reorder their priorities. Child Honoring is a vision, an organizing principle, and a way of life--a revolution in values that calls for a profound redesign of every sphere of society." --Raffi

With this book, all adults, from parents and teachers to politicians, policy makers, business leaders and scientists, can be inspired to "turn this world around." Psychology professor Sharna Olfman joins children's champion Raffi Cavoukian (known to millions as the troubadour Raffi) to introduce his original philosophy "Child Honoring," a children-first paradigm for creating humane and sustainable cultures. With a foreword by the Dalai Lama, Child Honoring outlines the unprecedented threats to young life that abound at this moment in history--and offers a systemic remedy for societal transformation based on honoring our youngest and "most valuable players."

"Child Honoring" is a corrective lens helping us question everything--from the way we measure economic progress to our stewardship of the planet; from our physical treatment of children, to corporate impact on their minds and bodies; from factory schooling to rampant consumerism. It offers a proactive developmental approach to creating sustainable societies.

As a creed that crosses all faiths and cultures, Child Honoring can become a potent remedy for the most challenging issues of our time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Dewar on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I continue to be blown away by the depth and fullness of the vision within the pages of this anthology. Raffi Cavoukian and the diverse and distinguished contributors brilliantly cover the multiple facets touching children, families, and society--economic, ecological, spiritual, and cultural. Child Honouring beckons us to share our greatest humanity and to "turn this world around, for the children." This book masterfully weaves the complexity and offers hope and inspiration. Reading it is mind and heart expanding.

~Tammy Dewar, co-author of Raising the Village: How Individuals And Communities Can Work Together To Give Our Children A Stronger Start In Life.~
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda B. Sweeney on September 30, 2010
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Pick up this book. Browse it and listen its simple message: honor children, feed them well, protect the unborn, keep our children safe from harm, call on our corporations to respect the sanctity of childhood, and more. Do these things and watch the "child effect" unfold, watch as its ripple effects are felt and seen through villages, towns and cities around the world.

Slow down, read this book, and remember what it truly means to honor our children in the 21st century.
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