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Ignite the Light: Empowering Children and Adults to Be Their Absolute Best Paperback – May 6, 2014
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- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401943268
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401943264
- Dimensions : 6.06 x 0.57 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Hay House Inc. (May 6, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The beginning of the book explains how to look through the eyes of children and realize your own limiting beliefs. Vicki talks about our foundation and that as children we didn’t come with blueprints, so our parents built our foundation with the best of their abilities. She explains that we can mend the cracks in our foundations by using her seven principles. Additionally, we can make sure our children foundations are built strong with those same principles.
The second part of the book is all about the seven principles and real life people who needed to use the principles. The seven principles are: love yourself, feel your feelings, quiet the mind, tune in, remove toxic thoughts, speak your truth and plug in. Although they seem like common sense practices, she explains that we aren’t using them as much as we should be. Every chapter includes stories about people who weren’t using them and how she helped them overcome struggles with that specific principle.
The final part of the book is all about you and your children. She takes you through multiple ways (her toolbox) to incorporate these principles in your children and your lives. She challenges you to take a look at how you are behaving and change yourself for the better.
Overall, this book is a must read for anyone having, raising and/or working with children. Additionally, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to rebuild their foundations and connect with to their inner child.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
I was paddled every year up to fifth grade. My mother never knew because the school was not required to notify her. Although this practice was discarded in my state, the beliefs that supported it are alive and well. I was educated in college as a teacher. Although it was never stated out loud that I recall, the prevailing attitude was that we the teachers were the authority. Our opinion of what a child needed was correct and the parent and child were not. We determined what was fair and not fair. I found myself remembering things and in doing so; I had the wisdom and strength of an adult to realize all that happened to me and allowed myself space to heal all that came up. As I process my grief, I looked at my son and was compelled to become more, a different kind of parent and woman that could step out and do something different that was a match for my son.
"Giving our children a strong foundation begins with teaching them to love themselves unconditionally. Children cannot believe in themselves if they are not able to love themselves."
The author Vicki Savini, gives seven essentials to release, heal, and make new path for our children to keep their light shining brightly. Loving ourselves includes not overgiving to the point where we are drained. This is reacting to life, driven by fear, and not an example of loving ourselves.
I love the essential of feeling my feelings. As someone who helps others with emotional eating, I am learning about this all the time, and it is something I want to model and allow my son to do. Feel those feelings!
"We're often so focused on wanting peace and happiness that we try to get rid of that painful feelings as quickly as possible. We have been trained to believe that pain, sadness, or discontentment of any kind is bad...Emotions are a natural indicator of what's safe or right for us and what isn't safe or is veering from our truth. "
So much stuff comes up when we see children with lots of feelings. The first instinct we have is to shut it down, make it stop, and file it under inappropriate behaviour. We tell them to get over it or stop being dramatic. Oh, what I call for the way I treat myself!! How often do we say these thing to ourselves? We blow ourselves off! Shutting off our feeling dims our light and brings us farther away from shining our light brightly. This book shares eloquently about the ways we cut off our children's feelings and thoughts. Even better there are exercises we can do with children that are very fun and engaging. I love that they have been time tested in her classroom.
"It is critically important that we teach our children that it's not only acceptable to feel their feelings, but necessary-- because this is how we learn to trust ourselves and listen to our inner voice. You cannot truly love yourself if you don't trust yourself."
Vicki Savini is a public school teacher and one whose book I am glad to add to my personal library.
This book was sent to me by Hay House for my honest review.
This book is broken up into three parts. In part one, “See the Light” we are shown how to see the child within and what beliefs are holding us back. In part two, “Ignite the Light: The Seven Essentials” we are shown how to respond to life instead of react to it and thus teach our children to do the same. Some of the essentials we are taught are “loving Yourself” and to speak our truth. In part three, “Be the Light” we are taught how to put the seven essentials from part two into practice in our lives right away.
My favorite chapter is entitled, “Healing the Child Within” where we learn to heal our negative beliefs from childhood and be our absolute best. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone, even those who don’t work with children as this book helps ignite the light in adults as well.
I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Hay House in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of the book.