“Dr. Saul continues to make substantive contributions to parenting with his new book, Conscious Parenting. Building on his first book, My Children’s Children: Raising Young Citizens in the Age of Columbine, he seeks to present a tangible approach to handling the trials and tribulations of parenting. By being a conscious parent and using the parental awareness threshold, parents can be well suited to tackle the challenges presented daily with children of all ages. We are indebted to Dr. Saul for providing a clear path forward with genuine tools that all parents can use.”
— RICHARD RILEY, Former US Secretary of Education and Former Governor of South Carolina
“Imagine you have a magic wand and with it you can create Heaven on Earth for you as a parent and for your children. This book is that magic wand!”
— MARTIN RUTTE, Founder,ProjectHeavenOnEarth.com
“Dr. Saul’s Conscious Parenting offers a brief, down-to-earth approach to the complexities of parenting in the 21st century. By defining the Parental Awareness Threshold, Dr. Saul is encouraging adults to be mindful of the goals that we all hold dear for our children, and he is reminding us to be purposeful in all of the interactions that we have with our children. Although implementing this approach demands a willingness to pause, reflect, adapt, and perhaps even apologize, Conscious Parenting teaches us how to develop the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships that build the healthy children of today, the responsible citizens of tomorrow, and the engaged, conscious parents of the next generation.”
— ANDREW GARNER, MD, PHD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
“Remember these three words: Parental Awareness Threshold. They are your guide to raising better children in our post-Columbine, smartphone world. Dr. Saul continues to break new ground in Conscious Parenting, giving us all a roadmap to becoming better parents who will produce happier and healthier children.”
— BASIL HERO, Author of The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon
“With Conscious Parenting and the PAT, Dr. Robert Saul offers parents more than just a tool for a better, happier life. He offers a treasure map that can help frustrated, tired mothers and fathers find their way through the seasons of raising children. Parenting isn’t easy, yet most of us get more guidance and expert instruction on using our smartphones than growing new humans into adults. Bob’s wisdom derives from decades as a parent—but not a perfect one, he says—and as a pediatrician. Few people I have ever met care more about children and ensuring that they have every opportunity available to them to reach their potential.
No child comes with an instruction manual. As parents we bring our personalities and even our own childhood experiences into our roles, but often we do so automatically, without examination. Becoming a conscious parent can change that. Far from a theoretical work or a medical report, this book is an accessible, usable guide that can be used by parents, grandparents, and educators to thoughtfully and deliberately interact with children, even when they test every ounce of our patience. It is indispensable for community programs and workshop leaders who are reaching at-risk families or simply those who want to do better than the generation before. The goal is simple. The work is difficult. But this short book can help guide the way.”
—CHRIS WORTHY, Writer
“As a parent, I think back on my worst moments, and inevitably they are the ones when I was in conflict with my children. Things were going down the tubes, we were both upset, and no one went to bed happy. What if there was a way to replace all of these moments with episodes of loving kindness, when we understand what our children need and respond appropriately? Pediatrician, father, and author Dr. Robert Saul now adds to his estimable body of work Conscious Parenting, a book that offers solutions to the hardest moments in parenting by helping us become more aware caregivers. Introducing the concept of the Parental Awareness Threshold, Dr. Saul synthesizes the newest and most exciting developments in psychology, philosophy, and mindfulness to offer parents a system that will help them cope with the most challenging moments that child-rearing has to offer, an opportunity to turn tears into hugs and children into warm, caring adults.”
— DAVID L. HILL, MD, Pediatrician and Author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro
“Bob Saul continues his advocacy for children with a thoughtful approach to parenting in his new book, Conscious Parenting. As an educator for 45 years, I have seen the results of good and less-than-good parenting. This book provides the tools for those who want to be good parents. We need to create a short course for parents to help them lead their children to be healthy,
happy and productive adults with Conscious Parenting as the textbook. Thank you, Dr. Saul, for your passionate advocacy for children.”
— RAY L. WILSON, JR., PHD, Retired Educator
“Much of what influences children and youth does not occur in a classroom, but at home. Indeed, the success of our K-12 educators depends on knowledgeable and caring parents who are aware of and address their children’s physical, emotional, and academic needs. Few people have a clearer understanding of this than Dr. Robert Saul. In Conscious Parenting, Dr. Saul—drawing on his previous scholarship and decades of experience as a pediatrician—offers both timely information and effective strategies that parents can use to build healthy and meaningful relationships with their children, especially during this hyper-competitive and highly stressful era in which we find ourselves. It is not an exaggeration to say that teachers could have a much greater impact on their students if more parents would implement Dr. Saul’s recommendations. Anybody who cares about the people who will shape our future should read this book!”
— A. SCOTT HENDERSON, PHD, Professor of Education, Furman University
“Parenting is perhaps both the most important and most difficult challenge we face as adults. Dr. Saul’s years of practical experience in providing parenting guidance provide a platform for the ideas he presents here. Relationships are critical to being a successful parent. Relationships that are developmentally appropriate to the needs of the child, relationships between both parents and the rest of the family and relationships between the family and the community provide a framework for promoting optimal health and development. Dr. Saul provides a guide to parenting that encompasses a conscious awareness of the vital importance of these connections.”
— FRANCIS E. RUSHTON, MD, Pediatrician and Author of Family Support in Community Pediatrics: Confronting the Challenge
“Bob Saul has been involved with parenting directly and in his lengthy and passionate work as a pediatrician with children and families over time. This book offers direct and relevant guidance to parents in this exciting and at times difficult journey.”
— JAMES M. PERRIN, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, John C. Robinson Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children
“Dr. Saul’s Conscious Parenting book provides an extremely valuable tool for the parenting journey. Building on his lifetime of pediatric experience and his previous books, he continues to be a valued advocate for children and parents everywhere.”
— ROBIN LACROIX, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate
“Advice that every parent can use and embrace. Dr. Saul teaches us that parenting is hard but can be mastered with practice and insight. In the hyper-competitive world of contemporary American parenting, Dr. Saul’s advice in Conscious Parenting is a breath of fresh air that every family will benefit from reading.”
— PAUL SMOLEN, MD, Pediatrician and Author of Great Kids Don’t Just Happen and Can Doesn’t Mean Should
“In his latest book, Conscious Parenting: Using the Parental Awareness Threshold, Dr. Robert Saul offers families a way to incorporate adult self-reflection and age-suitable parenting strategies. His suggestion that parents take the time to identify their own feelings when faced
with a parenting dilemma leads to greater awareness of the child’s perspective as well. Filled with examples from birth through the teen years, this book includes valuable tools for supporting families as they find a path to resolve conflicts in ways that support children’s autonomy and build positive adult/child relationships. The ultimate goal, of course, is to help parents and others in raising caring and responsible citizens.”
— ROBERTA L. SCHOMBURG, PHD, Executive Director, Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media
Bob Saul began his pediatric training with us at Duke and from those initial years onward has unceasingly demonstrated his lifelong passion for children and their families. The principles of the Five Steps to Community Improvement exemplify his commitment to exploit the experiences of his life and pediatric career to advocate tangible ways for parents to raise their children with the goal of outstanding citizenship. MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN provides a unique and hopefully lasting approach to both parenting and community involvement.
Samuel L. Katz, M.D., D.Sc.(hon.), Wilburt Cornell Davison Professor & Chairman emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine.
MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN demonstrates Dr. Saul’s commitment to improving the health of all children, especially those at high risk for various problems. I am impressed by his commitment to make a real difference in the lives of children and the communities of South Carolina and beyond. He recognizes the multiple factors that contribute to the health and well being of children and their families. This book makes substantial contributions toward promoting an holistic approach to childhood education and should have a lasting impact in future community improvement efforts. It gives us a clear road map for raising good citizens—a great need in our country today.
Richard Riley, former Governor of South Carolina and the former US Secretary of Education
Dr. Saul is a deeply committed member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 60,000 pediatricians dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. His book presents his perspective toward raising children to be productive citizens who make significant contributions to their communities. MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN reflects his work and thinking over his career and especially the last 15 years. This helpful book serves to remind parents and children’s professionals alike that the work of caring for children and the work of improving communities requires the continuing and collaborative work of many. This book will serve our children and families well.
James Perrin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and former director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children.