Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Conscious Parenting

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Conscious Parenting

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Conscious Parenting, by Lee Lozowick (1997). Prescott, Arizona: Holm Press. 368 pages. ISBN: 0-934252-67-X.

Conscious Parenting reads like an inspiring love poem to children expressing a belief in their inherent goodness and in the many ways conscious parenting can nurture their emotional and spiritual development. To Lee Lozowick, parenting begins with conscious conception and moves on to prenatal and perinatal child rearing. During birth, he calls for parents to establish emotional contact by talking to the child, orienting the child, explaining what is happening and what is going to happen, creating an environment of welcoming, gentleness, and information.

As a psychologist, I couldn't agree more with the philosophy of child rearing in this book: treating children with honor, respect, dignity and camaraderie. And, I agree that if a parent nurtures developmental processes without trying to control them, developmental outcomes will be positive because the children will naturally be able to express themselves and will remain connected and related.

Mr. Lozowick is founder of the Holm Community in Prescott, Arizona and a colorful teacher and writer. In some circles he says they call him "a fundamentalist-zealot child advocate." He fully accepts the idea that parents are chosen by children to provide a doorway for them to grow and fulfill themselves. I like his emphasis on loving children as they are, and for who they are, free of parental demands and expectations. Children, he says, need to be empathized with, and he regrets how often children have to adapt to an adult pace and environment instead of having their own needs understood and met. And for him this means starting at conception. …

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