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The Spiritual Child

The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving

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In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

* are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
* are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
* are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
* have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's—as well as their own—well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 16, 2015 – National surveys report that while one-fifth of Americans, including a third of adults under age 30, do not identify with any religion, there is a population of those who identify themselves as "spiritual but not religious." Many are parents, uncertain about how to help their offspring develop spiritually, which is why Columbia University clinical psychologist Miller provides thoughtful advice on encouraging the quest for meaning and purpose in a child's life. Drawing on over a decade of research, Miller explains that spirituality is a biological trait that can be nurtured into a "transcendent relationship" a sacred connection with a higher power. Addressing a child's first decade in the book's first part, and adolescence in the second, Miller lays out "Six Spiritual Strengths": a spiritual compass, commitment to family, community, "spiritual multilingualism," cognitive empathy, and dream and mystical experiences. She also prescribes a regular routine of "Seven Right Things," with simple strategies like speaking, sharing, and connecting. Full of teaching moments, plenty of families' stories, and lots of sage advice, this highly readable volume should prove useful for unaffiliated and observant parents alike.
The Spiritual Child
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Parenting
  • Published: May 05, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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