Parenting with Awareness blends old age wisdoms, new age concepts and current child development research to create a unique approach to parenting which honors the integrity of childhood. In today's competitive society parents have bought into the myth that they are solely responsible for molding their child's intelligence, talents and ultimate success creating enormous pressure to be the perfect parent. Our good intentions and expectations for our children to be better than average result in over-programmed, over-stressed families. Children are crying out for us to do better. They are showing us numerous signs that currently our way of raising children is not working. Less play, more structured activities and parental pressure to excel are creating children who are obese, exhibiting signs of stress, depression and anxiety in unprecedented numbers. We are all suffering. Often the opportunity to enjoy parenthood has dwindled down to a fleeting moment in an overloaded schedule. Marcie draws upon experts, sages and experience inviting parents to embark on a process of self-discovery to uncover their innermost passions, values, dreams and expectations for their children. It takes honest, secure parents who are at peace with themselves, free of ego demands, to be able to unconditionally love a child into adulthood. Whether you are a new parent just embarking on your parenting journey or a seasoned parent, these ideas will present a new way to explore life and approach parenting that will create children who are self-empowered, self-disciplined and self-motivated. Parenting from these principles will encourage and permit children to live in their own pace, driven by their own passions and dreams, while not trying to fit a patterned mold of conformity. Brain research has proven that children learn through experimentation. This book offers playful ways to teach children to embrace life with all of its wonder and potential through hands-on creative, fun activities designed for ages five and above. These inspiring projects coincide with guided conversations that will teach children self-awareness and self-reliance. They will also offer opportunities to develop the essential qualities of trust; intuition, passion, gratitude, confidence, compassion, courage, morality and patience as they strive to become successful, compassionate human beings. Children are born with open minds and hearts. They are eager to learn all that we have to teach. If we allow them to explore new ideas and assimilate the ones they resonate to, they will become empowered to create their own destiny. They will begin to appreciate their own uniqueness and value that in others. They will see the similarities in the human spirit and build respect for each other's differences. This is founded in the hope of creating the understanding that we are all in search of the same things on this journey called life - unconditional love, happiness and peace.