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Parenting for a Peaceful World is a fascinating look at how child-rearing customs have shaped societies and major world events. It reveals how children adapt to and are influenced by different parenting styles and how safeguarding their emotional development is the key to creating a more peaceful, harmonious, and sustainable world.

Practical advice for raising a well-adjust
Paperback, 442 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Longueville Media (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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This book has a beautiful premise. Robin Grille’s goal is to get people to be nicer to their children, and in turn he believes it will bring about world peace. It’s a lovely idea.

Parenting for a Peaceful World starts out with the grim and grisly history of childhood. Grille details the high infanticide in ancient Rome and other cultures, the high numbers of abandoned children left to die in orphanages, and the abusive corporal punishment used in schools, churches and in the home. He brings up f
Frank Jude
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whoa! What an eye-opening read this book turned out to be. The mostly unknown history of child-rearing and how different modes of parenting have impacted civilization was something I'd not been exposed to before. In the introductory first part of this tome, Grille explains how the progress in child-rearing over time has led to social and cultural evolution.

After this context is offered, Part Two begins some of the most difficult reading (not in difficult to grasp, but difficult to simply become
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
This book is a bit of a mixed bag. It provides a short history of child rearing and talks about the psychological impact that rearing had on the child and on the community. Especially how child rearing improves so does society in general. The second part of the book focuses on the impact of our current child rearing practices. I found this section very challenging as a mother. The book states that children shouldn't be left to cry as it may if it happens repeatedly damage the child's emotional g ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found the history of child rearing quite disturbing. Overall, I really liked this book. It really makes you think about the ramifications of how you speak, treat and nurture your child. A very good read.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it

Robin Grille the Australian author of Parenting for a Peaceful World writes from a background as a psychologist, psychotherapist, husband, father and musician. He has published about child development, parenting issues and family relationships.

Grille passionately believes that how we raise our children today has a profound effect on how these children will function as adults.

Parenting for a Peaceful World is written in a clear but dense style that likely reflects Grille’s academic background.
Jerard Fagerberg
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Incredible scope, though a little repetitive. A very important mindset for raising your child, because it has an impact on society as a whole.
Megan S
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Insightful eye-opening read. Really helps you see parenting from a whole new angle. My only criticism is I wish it was more succinct (it's suuuuper long). ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Required reading for every human.
We cannot understand war unless we look at history. We cannot understand violence unless we look at the history of child rearing practices.

As essential as learning how to read and write is our ability to get along with one another, I thing it was Daniel Goldman who called our brain a "social engine". In order to progress to the best of our abilities we need to get along with one another in a collaborative fashion. A big part of this learning happens in childhood
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. While I think the title sounds like it is for one of those how-to manuals, this book is anything but that. It is a perspective on peace and civilization that I have never thought of before. I recommend this book not just to parents but to anyone who has ever been a child, or has any interest in history, sociology, or psychology. I enjoy finding new insights and having more of my automatic assumptions brought to light, to realize you have a choice where you never eve ...more
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Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids, parents-to-be, teachers, anyone with a responsibility for interacting with developing egos
Ever wondered why you keep doing something you know is just B-A-A-D for you, and you want desperately to stop and can't?

Ever thought about why you keep prostrating yourself before the alter of someone's approval, and can't see your own self-worth?

Ever considered how adults use power and fear as a method of persuasion to keep kids under control?

What might all that mean for the emotional development of humans as individuals and as a society?

Read this book, well researched, compassionately written,
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25 Feb 2011
the history of child-rearing is heart-breaking and I skipped much of it.
I am hopeful that parenting will continue to improve.
I look forward to reading about how to fix the mistakes I've made with my kids as their Authoritarian I transform into an Authoritative, helping mom instead. :)
Dec 02, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: parenting
This book is self-published in Australia, and not available in the US, so I don't know how to get hold of it (for reasonable $). Try ILL first.
Available for no less than $30 before shipping in the US. Described as "harrowing and disturbing" in its "expose on children's treatment," I think I'll enjoy his second book more.... Someday.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Totally changed my views on how to go about my role as a parent. This is a game changer. How we parent our children completely affects society as a whole. Definitely not a how to book but it answers all the whys. Every parent should read this book. It's hard to read about children suffering: but sometimes we need the hard reality to make us change. ...more
Douwe Van
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books I have ever read - a must read for all parents or prospective parents who seriously want to give their children the best. Highly authoritative and excellently researched.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, parenting
I like Robin Grille and would recommend "Heart to Heart Parenting" to any new parent. This book was more of a discussion about parenting practices over the last millenium... and it was fascinating.

Scary, dark, shocking... and fascinating.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book through the pregnancy and birth of my only child. It has influenced my parenting for the better, a truly inspirational manual for new parents and parents to be.

Change the world by changing how you parent.....
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some interesting point but the connection between peace and being nice to your kids was tenuous at best
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best parenting book I have read. Focuses on the research-based merits of parenting in a gentle and non-violent way.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book helped me reframe my approach to parenting. The first chapters were difficult because of the violence of history in child-rearing, but the book is filled with challenge and hope.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Really all of the advances in the understanding of childhood have happened in the last two hundred years. Good book for all with insight into the process of becoming human.
Oct 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've just started reading this book with a book group and have high hopes for both the information conveyed within and potential emotional development as a parent. ...more
I really wanted to like this book but it was too slow-going and heavy for me. Maybe I'll go back and skim later. ...more
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Robin Grille is a father, a psychologist in private practice with twenty years' experience, and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published in Australia and overseas. Robin's first book: 'Parenting for a Peaceful World' (2005) has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA and New Zealand. 'Heart to Hear ...more

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