Raising Children in the Midst of Global Crisis: A Compassionate Guidebook for New Paradigm Parenting

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About the Author
Jo delAmor is a mother, coach and Work That Reconnects facilitator who has dedicated over twenty years to the care of children and their families. She has led dozens of parents from around the world through her signature group program: Parenting in Tumultuous Times - a practical, fun and supportive course for parents looking to do right by their kids in these times of converging global crises. Jo has worked as a personal coach for over fifteen years. Upon graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2007, she launched her private practice as a Holistic Health Coach, working mostly with moms. As her work evolved she began to identify as a personal transformation coach and dedicated her practice to supporting personal and cultural transformation as a catalyst for planetary healing. Her coaching work is deeply holistic, incorporating reconnection to self, all our relations, the Earth and the Divine across Deep Time in service of the ones yet to be. Since 2013, Jo has been facilitating the Work That Reconnects with a focus on dismantling oppression, transforming our cultural paradigm and supporting parents through these unprecedented and challenging times. Jo delAmor is a mom and a stepmom to two young adults who graduated high school in 2020, in the middle of Covid lockdowns and school closures. For over twenty years, she has also cared for and worked with hundreds of other people's children of all ages in a wide variety of contexts. She was blessed to live in and care for children within a long-term co-parenting community throughout her child's upbringing. She has also designed and facilitated after school programs in low-income public schools, been a lead teacher for Unitarian Universalist Sunday school, mentored high school students, chaperoned many field trips and school social events, been a wilderness camp counselor, taught in preschools and daycare facilities, and worked as an in-home nanny. In all her work with children, she has paid close attention to what this new generation needs at this pivotal time on planet Earth, charting what works, what doesn't and what is being called forth from us as parents.

"There seems to be no better a time to reconceptualize parenting than now, here at the precipice of a broken civilization. Why? It's because parenting is ecological. Parenting is more-than-human care. Parenting is a strange grace that inhabits the suffocating architecture of the familiar. Jo feels that and she writes her yearning for new paradigms of parenting into our bones with this book. This book is a prayer, not a prescription. A sitting-with, a yearning-alongside. A glimpse of the possible. And it begins - as Jo imagines it does - right in the swirling mass of space that exists between us and the children the world has gifted itself through us."

Bayo Akomolafe, Ph.D.

Author of These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home; Inaugural Global Senior Fellow, Othering and Belonging Institute; Inaugural Global Scholar, Aspen Institute

"Jo delAmor offers an inspiring and practical vision of parenting as a form of activism, as a powerful way to seed a new Thriving Life paradigm into our world in deep crisis and travail. New Paradigm Parenting means learning alongside our children, healing the collective wounds passed down to us, while cultivating courage, creativity, and resilience in ourselves and our children. Jo offers simple and age-appropriate practices for both parents and children to support this ongoing process."

Molly Brown, M.A., M.Div

Co-author with Joanna Macy, of Coming Back to Life; Editor of the WTR Network DeepTimes Journal; Co-director of Spiral Journey Facilitator Development Program.

"Frozen in place, overwhelmed, blindsided, confused - how do we parent in this era of planetary and human upheaval? Jo delAmor helps us truly visualize the journey we are on - one that requires letting go, the unlocking of our feelings and our emotions. By opening ourselves up, we can respond with creativity and with the courage required. Jo helps guide us to find our unique path where we can claim agency, hone our abilities, and build hope. As we find our path, we can help our children find theirs - ones that are personal, intuitive, and informed. This is an important book for our times."

Harriet Shugarman

Author of How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change: Turning Angst Into Action; Executive Director of ClimateMama; Professor of Climate Change and Society and World Sustainability; Inaugural co-chair, Our Kids Climate.

"Collectively, we are going through it. If you are a parent, grandparent, relative, guardian or even envisioning bringing children into this time, what is the first question in your heart? For most it is unequivocally - What will happen with our children? However we answer this, we seek honest resolve to hold our children in the midst of great uncertainty with more love and less fear. Without denial, in Raising Children in the Midst of Global Crisis, Jo delAmor gives us courage to take heart as she teaches skills and inspires us to live beyond mere grappling so we can ground and build our present futures with more trust, presence, gratitude and resilience."

ALisa Starkweather

Co-founder of Women in Power initiations and the Red Tent Movement