There are numerous books on raising children. But these pages are about happiness and fulfillment. Written by a parent, for other parents, it brings together the best of old and new philosophies, culled from writing across genres, parenting seminars and workshops, to present the 7 Steps that work best to reach the goal of being happy parents and raising children to be proud of. The underlying, thought-provoking philosophy will connect with something deep within and make you smile. Many young people delay having children or are simply afraid of the responsibility. But parenting is a life-defining experience which brings immeasurable joy. However, we sometimes forget the basic mantras and allow small, manageable issues to cast their long shadows over this richest of all human experiences. This book is for couples who are considering having a child, have just had one, and for all those who worry they might not be good parents- to help them enjoy the greatest of all gifts-parenting. Do you want your child to love and respect you? Do you want your child to love broccoli as much as ice cream? Do you want to feel proud of your child's confident outlook towards life and its many challenges, big and small? Are you scared of having children? Are you worried you are not doing enough? Are external influences affecting your parenting happiness? Are you stressed about your parenting responsibilities? Do you feel guilty about taking time for yourself? And much moreƒ this easy-to-read book is for those looking for a simpler, happier way to raise children and bring the joy back into parenting.