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The Whole Parenting Guide: Strategies, Resources and Inspiring Stories for Holistic Parenting and Family Living Paperback – April 20, 1999

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There are many parenting books available, but few approach the subject from a politically and culturally progressive slant. The Whole Parenting Guide presents a cohesive approach to family life and values that encompasses holistic health, interest in personal growth and spirituality, environmentalism, social conscience, appreciation of diversity, and rejection of materialism. Authors Alan Reder (writer for New Age magazine), Phil Catalfo (Raising Spiritual Children in a Material World), and Stephanie Renfrow Hamilton (former editor for Parenting and Essence) cover seven key areas of family life, including nutrition, alternative medicine, creativity, money matters, and community building. They include the practical--nonjudgmental and balanced information on sensitive and highly politically heated issues such as circumcision, vaccinations, and cloth vs. disposable diapers--as well as the philosophic--including keys to raising ethical children. From pregnancy to home schooling to community activism, this comprehensive guide book, complete with detailed sidebars, personal anecdotes from parents, and extensive listings of publications, will be a welcome addition to the progressive parent's library. --Ericka Lutz

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The authors, all parents as well as editors and writers specializing in family issues, aim to help parents do their job better. They deal with everything from pregnancy to toys, diet, play, and investing for college. Their text stands out from the field because of its holistic approach; for example, in discussing wellness they include information on alternative physicians and organic foods. There are sections on alternative schools and home schooling, recycling, volunteering, and socially responsible consuming. There is more background information here than similar texts provide, and the inclusion of actual family stories makes it all the more interesting. Libraries with parenting texts would do well to include this alternative approach.AJohn Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; Reprint edition (April 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767901339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767901338
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,882,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amy J on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This isn't a bad book - in fact, it's a GREAT choice as a gift to a mainstream parent who is "teetering on the edge" of becoming a more alternative parent. It is NOT the best choice for the already-alternative parent.
This book has a very well written section on feeding your family healthy, organic foods. It explains why organic is better, offers alternatives for buying organic and whole foods less expensively, and has good nutrition information. It also has interesting sections on what you should allow your children to view on TV and in movies, educating your children, and earth conservation.
Strangely, although this book seems to want to be a guide for the "natural" family, it has sections emphasizing the benefits and importance of vaccinations. It also extols the religious virtues of circumcision. I found these two viewpoints in opposition to the rest of the book. There isn't even the slightest hint of suggestion that there ARE reasons to be concerned about vaccinations.
I was disappointed that this book wasn't all that I wanted it to be. For families who find themselves in the space between "Mainstream" and "Alternative", it might be a very good option. It would probably be valuable to demonstrate to mainstream family members that some of your beliefs aren't completely "out there."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Family life is transforming for the better for millions of American parents and children. They examine what mainstream society hands down as received parenting wisdom with a critical eye. They welcome the unconventional, as long as it works." And that's what this rich parenting book that advocates whole parenting is all about. It embraces what many in the recent past had thrown out as primitive--natural birthing, breastfeeding, natural healthcare and holistic nutrition. The authors examine the historical issues that contributed to the development of parenting styles from the turn of the century on and discusses how "cultural creatives" came to be. These are families hoping to instill progressive values in their kids in the face of commercialism, prejudice, drugs, inadequate public education and a whole host of other modern issues. This book pledges to help parents sort through the alternative parenting ideas and find the ones that truly hold some answers for today's parents. It lives up to it's goal marvelously. This book recommends natural, organic and healthful eating and touches briefly on health, ethics and environment concerns as they relate to vegetarianism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hetty Watters on October 27, 1999
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This excellent book has parenting information for families who are pondering pregnancy, planning for birth, and for those engaged in actual parenting. There is wonderful information on nurturing children's physical, mental, spiritual and social natures. The inclusive nature of this book will be appealing to diverse families. I particularly like the concern for parenting that not only promotes optimum growth of children but also includes concern for community & the planet.
This is a superb book...I recommend it both as a professional and also personally as a grandmother and concerned world citizen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wakeningdreamer on February 13, 2001
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although i am not yet blessed to be a parent, i was entranced by this delicious book & felt compelled to invest in it now. i have enjoyed exploring different topics contained within & though i agree it is not quite as comprehensive as i would wish nor is it coming from quite the same center i am, it has truly been a delight! i must admit a big part of handing over the $20 for it was the wonderful resources listed at the end of each section. i truly believe being a part of children's development is one of the most amazing gifts we're given in this life & my heart swells with this collection that seems to echo that sentiment.
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