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Child Honouring – How to Turn This World Around

Foreword by the Dalai Lama. Edited by Raffi Cavoukian and Sharna Olfman
Paperback edition released Oct 2010



“This groundbreaking volume is the result of a unique editorial collaboration between two highly dedicated child advocates : acclaimed family musician Raffi Cavoukian and author/scholar Sharna Olfman. Bringing together an outstanding team of experts from diverse disciplines, the editors have created a moving account of the dire political, economic, ecological, and psychological state of the world’s children. Through convincing statistics, insightful research evidence, and empathetic prose, the chapters not only clarify the many profound challenges facing children but also offer workable solutions to their ever-growing problems. An indispensable resource for parents, educators, and mental health professionals, and one with a compelling, unified voice strong enough to induce policy makers to start “turning this world around”.”Laura E. Berk University Distinguished Professor Department of Psychology, Illinois State University

“What an ambitious and timely project this is! It contains passionate and thoughtful pleas to pay attention to our children – our future in the world. I hear the plea to turn away from our present value systems (money, power, war, aggression) and to honour our children and their families. This wonderful volume tries to do that. Let’s all listen!”
T. Berry Brazelton, M. D., Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School Founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

“What a wonderful book! I can think of nothing more important than ensuring that our children have a future worth living. Realizing that goal will mean working on all fronts to clean up our messes, straighten out our societies, and truly live as conscious beings. This book gives me hope that we can do it.” Dr Andrew Weil, pioneer in integrative medicine, author of Healthy Aging

“This wonderful book articulates a vision that most humans will realize they believe in. Child Honouring calls on an instinct older than our species to protect our young! Beneath our official titles, positions and identities, we are really mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and each of us is somebody’s child.” Severn Cullis Suzuki, beluga grad, ecology advocate

“Anyone who has ever watched a small child enraptured by Raffi knows his extraordinary power. Now he has thrown that power behind a larger plan to save the children and the planet and all of us who love them. We should listen to his ideas the way our children listen to his music.” Marianne Williamson, bestselling author of A Return to Love

“Child Honouring, the book and the project, can bring us back to life. No initiative I know carries more galvanizing power of truth. It breaks open the heart and lets the light shine through, to ignite our deepest passions.”Joanna Macy, author of World As Lover, World As Self

“A bold vision for a humane and sustainable world, one that honours our moral obligation to our children.” Robert F Kennedy Jr, environmentalist, co-author of The Riverkeepers

“I have never seen such an impressive group of people associated with a book. Child Honouring should be studied by world leaders in politics and industry, as well as by school boards and teachers.” Robert Bateman, OC, renowned wildlife artist