Shefali Tsabary, PhD
For parents of any age.
The book is clearly not about being the perfect parent. It is about being real in your experience with your kids, and getting down off your pedestal and relating to them as equals, without abandoning the need for structure and discipline.
For me, the essence of the book was how to take the parenting experience and use it as one of the most powerful tools for self-transformation that there is. I have always referred to my own kids as my Zen Masters, there to teach me some of the hardest, but most valuable lessons in life, and The Conscious Parent embodies this spirit.
If you are going to buy one parenting book in your life, make it this one. There are no prescriptive guidelines as to how to raise your children (it's not the manual you wish they were born with), and no quick fixes to your family problems, but it definitely will transform your life, how you relate to your children (whatever age they may be), and, through your own growth, will bring peace to your family.
If you enjoyed this book and/or would like a little more insight, I also recommend listening to Dr Shefali's interviews on Namaste Publishing's blog talk radio. You can access her past interviews here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/namasteradio/page/2