The Art of Blissful Parenting by Sharon Ballantine is a book that teaches parents how to help our children to follow their internal guidance system. Have you ever heard of the law of attraction? If you have read the book The Secret, you will know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, it’s basically thinking positive and good things in your life, and then experiencing positive and good things as a result solely based on your attitude. This is the core of the book.
Ballantine teaches us that as parents we need to instill in our children an internal guidance system, which will bring them to their most wanted desires and dreams. Our internal guidance system is the part of us that knows our highest path or our highest choice. As in, what God has in store for us.
This type of thinking in parenting can give us a deeper bond with our children, and teaching them that the Universe is working with them instead of against them can also teach them to be more positive in their lives. In turn, this will give them a more positive outlook. I have to say that this is a good idea, because teaching our kids only about the negatives in life is going to bring them much harder times, giving them the idea that we need to be positive and work hard is a wonderful idea. Though, I feel that we shouldn’t shield our children from some of the negative in the world, because they will just be wrought with disappointment when they get to be adults and have to handle life on their own. There is a difference between empowering our children and making things easy for them.
There are other ways this book teaches us about parenting, and I can see how they could work. Teaching your kids that their habits have consequences whether that’s good or bad, is always important. This book shows us how to work with our kids to balance their life.
I had my ups and downs about this book, I thought it was intriguing, but I wasn’t completely sold on the idea that all we have to do as parents is to give our kids a positive outlook on life. I feel that as parents we need to teach our children morals, and goals and that sometimes we fall down but we need to get up. I had a good time reading this book, though, and thought that the part about getting out what we put into the Universe is a great outlook, so being positive can’t hurt. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and I don’t know how much of it will be followed in my house but it was an interesting take on parenting.