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Children are our future, and the values of now are the values they will bring with them when they rule the world. Axness advises readers on thinking for the future. *Parenting for Peace* is a strong pick for parenting collections, very much recommended reading. 
-- Midwest Book Review

Marcy Axness's efforts to educate our world are vital to our evolution! I'm so glad she's telling the growth-or-protection story because simple fundamentals are where the truth is.
-- Bruce H. Lipton, author, Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution

Dr. Axness has distilled compelling evidence from the fields of attachment parenting, preconception, and consciousness research into a readable, inspiring and hopeful book about what we really want to do as parents: raise peaceful people. Parenting For Peace gives us a roadmap.
-- Peggy O'Mara, editor-in-chief, Mothering

Marcy Axness lays down the simple but profound principles and practices required to raise generations comfortable in their hearts and happy with themselves. A tranquil revolution of the soul and of the home that would benefit all humanity.
-- Gabor Maté, author, Scattered and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

I know of no one so well equipped educationally, intellectually, emotionally and intuitively to speak to our times.
-- Joseph Chilton Pearce, author, The Biology of Transcendence and Magical Child

Marcy Axness' book has a beautiful message supported by sophisticated understanding of the underlying science. I have borrowed her remarkable translations of findings from our NIH-funded projects in my own lectures.
-- Curt Sandman, fetal brain development researcher

My first impression of Parenting for Peace was like King Joseph’s comment to Mozart, "too many notes," to which the young man replies, "which ones shall I omit?"
The core principles that Marcy Axness elaborates—Presence, Awareness, Rhythm, Example, Nurturance, Trust and Simplicity—are superb. Like a tuning fork, each resonates as a particular ‘state’ in the adult and it is this state that the child attunes herself to.
Axness has collected tons of insights, from many fields, all designed to crack open and release the false hopes and false fears most of us have about ourselves. If there is a ‘cosmic egg,’ it is our self-world view, our social-cultural identity and the labyrinth of habits of body and mind that reincarnate these shell-like qualities, moment by moment, year after year, generation after generation. There are moments when Presence, Awareness, Example, Nurturance, Trust and Simplicity express something more, infinitely greater and outrageously more sensitive and intelligent than the ‘eggs’ we pretend to be.
The key is sparing our children the need for that heavy, self-centered, defensive-reflexive, knee-jerk armor in the first place, which can unfold by not needing it in their primary relationships--that is, with adults, their parents. Adult development ALWAYS precedes child development and this new treasure nudges all of us along the way.
Too many notes? Not one.
--Michael Mendizza, co-author of Magical Parent, Magical Child

Marcy Axness is making a huge contribution to the improvement of parenting with this book!
--Stephane Goldsand, director/producer of Leap Before You Look

Parenting for Peace is one of the best books I have read in years and it's a PARENTING book for Pete’s sake! I never read parenting books any more, but this one is so much more than just a parenting boo; it is an actual in-your-hands recipe for world peace starting from within the home.
--Bryan Post, Founder and CEO of the Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy

From the Author

I developed the steps and principles of Parenting for Peace over years of studying, parenting, counseling, listening, and observing. I have woven together skeins of intersecting knowledge from such far-ranging fields as psychology and theology... neuroscience and quantum science... anthropology and endocrinology. (And too many other -ologies to mention.) And of course, early human development, the field in which I earned a doctoral degree.

This book is not to proselytize but to inform and invite: see what ideas might beckon you... to consider... to savor... to try on for size. Put them together with your own knowledge, your own important story, to enrich your soul as a parent and as a person. It is my intention that with the solid foundation of these principles, your own intuitive and inner knowing will deepen as you journey through the steps.

Yes, it's a book of considerable length -- meant not so much to be read cover to cover in one go, but ideally to serve as a companion over fifteen to twenty years!

I'm deeply honored that so many colleagues have showered Parenting for Peace with such praise -- so much that it won't all fit in the "Reviews" section above. Here is more:

"Passionate and intelligent yet also profoundly simple, Parenting for Peace provides parents with the tools and support they need to create peace and participation in their families, their communities and the world. Highly recommended."
Sarah J. Buckley, MD, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth

"I applaud Marcy for calling attention to the importance of protecting the sanctity of the embryonic universe. World peace will only ensue from womb peace."
Thomas R. Verny, MD, author of The Secret Life of the Unborn Child

"Parenting for Peace sends a clear, practical message to humanity about how to reap the true promise of our biology: evolve our own consciousness to ensure the future evolution of our species. Read, learn and enjoy."
Joe Dispenza, author of Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

I was overjoyed as I read Parenting for Peace, not only as a parent, but as someone who has fought the establishment to prove that there is an audience out there starving for this type of information. I know parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents and many others will read this book with enthusiasm."
Betsy Chasse, co-creator of What The Bleep Do We Know?

"Do yourself, your children, and our human family the service of reading and applying Marcy Axness's wisdom. As a pediatrician, I've watched her put her vision into action over two decades. I heartily endorse the sound, simple yet revolutionary guidance she offers. Parenting for Peace won't disappoint you."
Jay N. Gordon, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Medical School

"A beautifully written call to action with gentle and clear guidance in how to get here. Marcy Axness is a soul guide in a world in need of her vision."
Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting

"I found Marcy Axness's book as exciting as it is reassuring. Indeed, how powerful we really are as parents to help our children's true spirit to shine, and thus to contribute towards profound and healing social transformation. I gladly welcome her unique voice as she decodes for us this most fascinating, rich art-and-science of parenting. This book is an adventure through leading-edge human development science, a personal induction into parental wisdom and leadership at its heartful best, and a call to arms (the arms that hold and guide!) for joining in building a far, far better world."
Robin Grille, psychologist, author of Parenting for a Peaceful World

"Dr. Axness brings a clear voice to the number one task for families and societies: to raise citizens committed to cultures of peace through the gift of knowing peace right from the start. And we can do so by "raising ourselves," in consciousness."
Raffi Cavoukian, children's entertainer, and editor, Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around

"Parenting for Peace is the ultimate thinking person's guide to nurturing a compassionate child from conception through adolescence."
Scott Blum, author, Waiting for Autumn and Winter Moon Rises

"Dr. Axness's conclusions are rich, her advice is clean, and her generosity of thought for the parent-in-progress pulls them along with her. This is a beautifully written and expressed work. Every page is a gem."
Winifred Fleet, author of "Epigenetics and the evolution of Neanderthals into moderns"

"A significant aggregate of knowledge and wisdom woven into a very understandable story. It is well organized and clear, and could be considered "A Manifesto for Humanity," rather than a parenting book."
Patrick Houser, author, Fathers-To-Be Handbook

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591811767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591811763
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parenting For Peace

Shifts The Pattern of World Violence
Empowers Parents To Parent For Peace
Enables Our Youth to Be Peaceful and Prosper
Advocates Peacemaking During Childbirth & Postpartum
Educates Parents About Life-Long Imprints From Birth and Before
Encourages Parents To Begin Parenting Early, Before They Conceive

Parenting for Peace is a timely and necessary book for the world's troubled times, but at the same time, it's nothing less than an adventure into exciting new findings that compell us to explore and reinvent ourselves, and raise peaceful and peacemaking children in the process. But how does the process work? Quite simple really. Parents practice peacemaking skills as described in her book, and children spontaneously become peacemakers in their own unique way. But Axness also warns that the peacemaking journey is not always easy, and she is gracious and tenacious in describing her own challenges as she parented her two children toward peacemaking. She contends that for some, the process becomes a "heroes journey" with challenging changes in lifestyle, deep encounters with the psyche, and difficult recurrences of childhood memory, but ultimately accompanied by resolve and joy at the end, perhaps akin to ecstasy. Peacemaking parents need to be essentially aware of and present for their children, love them for the fact they exist as much or more than for what they do, and celebrate the various qualities that emerge. Peacemaking parents need to have a deep trust in nature's plan, and in many ways, their job is more to step aside in amazement at the unfolding, than to consciously inform and shape their children.
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This is a review that doesn't cover the whole content of the book, but shares a few things that would have been helpful for me to know before I bought it.

First, This book is very slanted toward a Waldorf approach to parenting. It is not bad, but it would be helpful to know that the the author takes this clear approach. I think it is sort of a soft sell - like she doesn't want it to be an obvious Waldorf parenting book, but for those familiar with that approach, this is clearly grounded deeply in many of that approach.

Also, I felt like the author was talking down to me a little bit. I got the sense that she was often saying: This is the Answer and If Only you Read This Book With all of this Good and Amazing Data You Will Be a Good Parent. It didn't feel super-nuanced. That said, it could be because the author is trying to compete with all of the other parenting books out there that make the same sort of pitch. But I felt like she was writing this as if the reader had never been exposed to these ideas before.

Which brings me to the third point that this seems more suited to folks who have not been exposed to or are not aware of non-mainstream approaches to parenting. I thought the book was fine enough, but very little of it was new to me and I think that, for many parents who spend a lot of time reading and thinking about these topics, this book is not a good fit. This is more like an Intro to Alternative Approaches to Parenting for those that are not yet really familiar with them.

Finally, the book was just really long. I think it is almost meant to be like a reference book, perhaps like the Sears Baby Book. But it is not really something to read cover to cover.

I feel like this review is harder on this book than I wanted to be. In general, I support the author's intentions and many of her suggestions. But I would not buy it again, based on my needs.
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Hankering for a whole new world? Well, Dr. Marcy Axness' Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers is your ticket: it highlights all that's amiss in how we currently raise children in America and models an emerging holistic worldview in which human beings can blossom into confident, benevolent people.

Dr. Axness reminds us that "we are the soil in which our children grow." Are we spiritually developed and psychologically mature enough to provide the conditions that truly nourish our babies and children?

Discussing every aspect of parenting from how biological life unfolds to how teenagers can be respectfully supported in their pressures, challenges and growth, Axness' brilliant synthesis makes it clear that parenting must be front and center in any successful movement for widespread social wellness. By "taking responsibility for how we invite in, welcome and incarnate our next generation" we engage in social action, and put ourselves in charge of change.

This witty, poetic, fact-loaded and wise book reveals and exposes all the ways people are currently damaging youth, specifically in contemporary Western-style society. It also suggests just how swiftly and comprehensively mothers and fathers who are parenting for peace can revolutionize our world through a conscious, concerted approach.

You'll also understand the details of why we must revise the way we carry, birth, and engage with children at every stage of their development and, to do so, how we must swim against strong social currents that have deliberately undermined the holistic health of children to make for good workers and consumers, to ensure social stability for a corporate state.

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