Ancient Chinese Text Helps Present-Day Children Shape Bright Futures

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M. Shayne Gallagher’s “The Way with Children” harnesses the Tao Te Ching to help at-risk youth better their lives and behavioral habits

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M. Shayne Gallagher has studied the Tao Te Ching and its translations for over 30 years and has worked with challenged teenagers using the very ideologies presented in the Tao Te Ching. Now, he brings those ideologies to readers in an easy-to-follow guide called “The Way with Children: Ancient Wisdom for Leading Modern Young People.”

In “The Way with Children,” Gallagher heavily draws from the principles presented in the Chinese classic text Tao Te Ching and demonstrates how those principles directly translate to methods of raising and parenting all children, including those with challenges.

Gallagher asserts that the historical text outlines a way for readers to work with children of all ages and at-risk youth in the same way Lao Tzu says in the text of the Tao Te Ching that government leaders should work with their constituents. He has used these values in his work with challenged kids and seen great success over the span of his 28-year career.

“I began a serious study of the Tao Te Ching as a teenager and have used its precepts in treatments settings all my adult life,” Gallagher said. “After I started working in the mental health treatment field I found that the principles in the Tao Te Ching could apply to treatment programs and its patients. I wanted to share my ideas on a broader scale and thus decided to write the book.”

One Amazon reviewer praises “The Way with Children:” “This brings parenting and working with kids to a manageable level. [Gallagher] continues to help the young and thank goodness he has!”

“The Way with Children” will guide and inspire readers to use historical Chinese teachings to further their children’s futures.

“The Way with Children: Ancient Wisdom for Leading Modern Young People”
By M. Shayne Gallagher
ISBN: 9781504377133 (softcover); 9781504377157 (hardcover); 9781504377140 (electronic)
Available at the Balboa Press Online Bookstore and Amazon

About the author
M. Shayne Gallagher has more than 25 years of experience designing and operating behavioral health and addiction treatment programs for adolescent children. He has been a lifelong student of Tao Te Ching, applying its precepts to a career of working with those who work with children. He and his wife, Sheri, have six children and live in the Four Corners region of the Southwest.

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