Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Nook: Dharma Parenting

I recently had a chance to review Dharma Parenting: Understand Your Child's Brilliant Brain for Greater Happiness, Health, Success, and Fulfillment . It had an interesting base concept that I wasn't sure I'd buy into - that of Ayurvedic philosophy. However, the book also had a great deal of contemporary research that backed up the less-well-known typology. Like many other areas of life, conventional and alternative wisdom go hand in hand.

The book is practical, with a quiz to help identify your child's brain/body type. Does he take a while to learn something but then remember it for a long time? Does she learn something quickly but have little retention? What about energy level and sleep patterns? Each of these fit with a specific type, and as parents, we can help encourage our child's strengths while bringing them into balance, based on the ideal routine, activities, and diet for each type of child.

The book also gives helpful information on adjusting parenting for different ages and stages, and how to identify your own type to explore how that makes it easier or harder to relate to your child.

The book confirmed one thing I already knew - the my oldest daughter and myself are the same type. It also gave me more concrete ideas for how to parent each one differently, as they grow older and hit different maturity levels,

ROBERT KEITH WALLACE is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness. His research has inspired hundreds of studies on the benefits of meditation and other mind-body techniques. Dr. Wallace's findings have been published in Science, American Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American. He received his BS in physics and his PhD in physiology from UCLA and conducted postgraduate research at Harvard University. Dr. Wallace is the founding president of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa.
FREDERICK TRAVIS is a world-renowned neuroscientist who has discovered brain wave patterns in children and young people that correlate with greater moral reasoning, happiness, emotional stability, and academic performance. Dr. Travis has authored or coauthored 70 scientific papers, many published in leading peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Travis received his masters and PhD in psychology from Maharishi University of Management (MUM). After a two-year post-doctoral position at University of California at Davis, he returned to MUM to direct the EEG, Consciousness, and Cognition Lab.

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