An indispensable guide that shows parents how to provide their children with a framework to reach their full potential and discover that growth can be an invigorating two-way street.
In this rapidly changing world in which divorce, mental health issues, aggression, and promiscuity among children are on the rise, and education, economic prosperity, and life satisfaction are declining, families are in search of a new parenting script. In Parenting 2.0, professional counselor and parenting strategist Tricia Ferrara shows parents how to stop using old scripts that define their role as spectators and learn to actively participate by relying on core principles that can dramatically improve relationships, overcome behavioral challenges, and help a family reach its full potential.
Ferrara relies on her clinical experience as well as evidence in neurological, social, developmental, and behavioral disciplines to lay out a step-by-step process that teaches parents how to build strong relationships with their children, lead by example, and encourage development. With a down-to-earth style, she addresses real-life issues that parents face with their children on a daily basis, such as the lure of social networking, sexual temptation, and fierce competition among peers.
Parenting 2.0 provides concrete advice that helps parents remove the blindfolds, cultivate their children’s abilities to develop and adapt at any age or stage, and discover that growth can be an invigorating two-way street.
Counselor and parenting strategist Ferrara hopes to provide a framework in which parents can "design, create, and direct" the functioning of their family, but these short essays on a diverse selection of topics loosely organized into 18 brief chapters unfortunately skimp on specific, fact-based advice. The author assures readers that parents have not become obsolete, and that parenting is the "next big killer app," which must compete with other factors in children's lives. Ferrara suggests that a family unit should be like a collaborative database a wiki where parents will "influence, not dominate" their children. The message here is that old-fashioned parenting techniques are failing children, so moms and dads need to embrace fast-shifting social dynamics. If they realize, for example, that punishment is a method, but discipline is an outcome, they can upgrade their kids' "time-outs" to parental "time-ins." Despite Ferrara's call for parental competence, it's only in the last chapter that readers will encounter a helpful tool, the "Nine Evolutionary Principles for Parenting with Possibility," a list of fundamental parenting concepts that would benefit from additional discussion.