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“This may be the most important book you will ever read.”
--Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of Building Moral Intelligence

HOPE AND HEALING:
Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World


“Together, we truly can build a better world, and Naomi Drew shows us how in this inspiring and practical book. Every family seeking hope and healing will find it there.”
--Meg Cox, author of The Heart of a Family:

“This book is a blessing!”
-- Elise Boulding, Noble Prize Nominee


Sacramento, CA- Today’s parents are faced with a new set of dilemmas. In such an uncertain world, how can we remain hopeful and help our children do the same? What can we do to make this world more peaceful, one family at a time?

HOPE AND HEALING meets this challenge head-on, offering sound advice for families dealing with life’s stresses while outlining wise ways to transform our homes into safe havens where children and parents can find nourishment and affirmation. Readers will learn invaluable strategies for cultivating hope, healing, and peace in the family and beyond, including:

  • Healthy ways for parents and children to express fear, anger, anxiety and grief.
  • Ways to attain calm, and to cope through challenging times.
  • The healing powers of a peaceful home – how to create one for your family.
  • The empowerment of reaching out to make a difference.
  • The role of families in making the world a more peaceful place
  • Specific steps we can take to dismantle war and violence

Let Naomi Drew answer your questions about this or other issues related to conflict resolutions and creating peace in our schools and families. Your audience will love her insights, tips, and commitment. Refer to www.learningpeace.com

Eight Keys to Nurturing Hope in our Lives and in our Children’s Lives

Now more than ever overcoming fear and holding onto hope are essential. Know that it is within your control to become more hopeful. Don't let the news be your undoing. You can take charge. Here are eight proven ways to show you how:

1. Be kind to yourself.
Think about what you need most, and then do it. Is it a cup of tea, a brisk walk, some downtime, quiet music, a little rest, or reading inspirational literature? Whatever it is, grant yourself permission to do it, even for just a few minutes. If you’re at work, take a “care-break” where you take care of you for a brief moment. These small moments accumulate and transform the texture of our days.

2. Create a 5-minute of silence ritual every.
Light a candle and pray, meditate or reflect. You don’t have to believe in any particular deity to make this work. Just silently reflecting in front of a lit candle is extremely nurturing and healing. This may be the one time of day when you feel connected to your own soul, and perhaps even something larger. Don’t skip this step -- it’s very powerful.

3. Curtail your intake of news.
Over saturation with news right now is detrimental to emotional health. If you read the newspaper in the morning, let that be enough. You don’t need to turn on the TV or radio too, especially before bed. Consider putting a complete moratorium on news at least once a week. Anything you missed will be there tomorrow. Drastically curtail any news you let your children watch.

4. Treat each day like the precious gift it is.
Be vigilant in looking for things and people to appreciate. What if today was the last day of your life? How would you want to live it? Ask yourself this question throughout the day. It will help you let go of the countless petty annoyances that tend to throw most of us off balance.
Shift your gaze to appreciation. Who and what are you grateful for? Make a list each day and add to it.

5. Every morning, afternoon and night, take a 30-second break to look at the sky, breathe deep and offer thanks.
Even though the world has its problems, the sun still rises in the sky each morning, and we’re awake and alive when we get out of bed. Let the sky be a touchstone to hope. Think of other people around the world as you look at the sky, and know that we all share this planet together. Among all of us, we have the ability to create solutions to the problems that now exist.
Trust that this is so.

6. Express love tangibly.
Hugs, words, notes, acts of kindness -- be indiscriminately generous with all of them.
Surprise a colleague or friend with a hug. Hug and kiss your kids longer and with deeper feeling. If you like how the clerk treated you in the store, thank her. Leave your partner small notes expressing gratitude for kind acts. Doing all of this adds warmth and positive energy to our lives and the lives of people around us. It’s also very comforting both to the giver and receiver of each loving act.

7. Say this affirmation everyday and see where it leads you:
“I am the key to peace.”
Most of us believe, erroneously, that peace will come from people or institutions much larger than we. Just the opposite is true. Peace starts with each individual and it will only come to this world from the people themselves. It is critical that we each create peace in the small and large moments of our lives. We must live it in our words and actions rather than giving in to fear, hatred, or resignation.

8. Make a difference.
Reach out beyond your normal scope. This is your opportunity to live your greatest promise, highest self. Don’t wait. Each time we make a difference in the lives of others, we create hope in ourselves. By reaching out to someone in need, be it your neighbor, a
Guatemalan orphan, or people in a homeless shelter, we add a little more peace and hope to the world. Our accumulated gestures of care and compassion will ultimately transform our lives and the lives of others. We are each the source of that transformation. Knowing this gives me hope.

Naomi Drew is recognized around the world as an expert on conflict resolution and peacemaking in schools and homes. Hailed as visionary, her work has enabled educators, parents, and people of all ages to live together more cooperatively. Her work has been recognized by educational leaders throughout the country. People of all ages have attested to durable changes in their relationships after applying the principles Drew outlines. Her work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, radio, and TV and she currently serves as a parenting expert for “Classroom Close-ups,” a public television show. She is the author of four books, serves as a consultant to school districts, leads seminars, and runs parenting courses. Her latest book is Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World. Visit Naomi at www.learningpeace.com.

More praise for Hope and Healing:

"No more important challenge faces humanity than to learn to live together in the midst of deep differences. The best way to address this challenge is to teach our children the ways of peace. In this inspiring and practical book, Naomi Drew shows us how!"
William Ury, Ph.D. Director of Harvard University’s Project on Preventing War and author of Getting to Yes

"Developing a conscious awareness that as the capacity for peace building grows in us in our daily lives, in our families, and in our neighborhoods, peace grows in the world itself is a stunning challenge that we need help to meet. Naomi Drew's Hope and Healing shows us how we can develop that awareness and capacity through how we live each day. This book is a blessing!"
-- Noble Prize nominee Elise Boulding, Professor Emerita Dartmouth College

“The current generation of parents is facing circumstances unprecedented in recent years. This book provides hopeful, calming, and nurturing guidance that can bring peace and renewal to even the most troubled households. Now, more than even, parents need hope, inspiration, reassurance, and direction. This wise and warm book provides all of these, and much more”
-- Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. author of Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers

“At a time when so many parents are struggling to help their children put unsettling world and local events into some manageable perspective, here is a practical, timely and critically important book to help them with this challenge. Naomi Drew’s valuable suggestions will help restore peace and balance to this planet, one family at a time.”
-- Jane Bluestein, Ph.D. Author of Creating Emotionally Safe Schools

"This book is an antidote to the fear, stress and overwhelming sense of doom we hear in the daily news. Naomi Drew reminds us that peace is more than possible and that we are more than capable of creating and sustaining it."
-- Patrice Gaines, author of Laughing in the Dark and former Washington Post reporter

"In this compelling new book, Naomi Drew outlines a practical, disarmingly simple ways to assure that our children will live in a better, more peaceful world. What could be more important than heeding her call? The time to act is now."
-- Barry Lenson, author of Good Stress, Bad Stress


Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World is now available in local and online bookstores. Please ask for it if it’s not on the shelf. For more information about Naomi Drew visit www.learningpeace.com.

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