"A beautifully comprehensive look at what it might mean to be a sane and emotionally intelligent parent . . . hugely warm, wise, hopeful and encouraging."--Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life
Instant #1 Sunday Times Bestseller
Every parent wants their child to be happy and every parent wants to avoid screwing them up (the way their parents did!). But how do you do that?
In this absorbing, clever, and warm book, renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry tells us what really matters and what behavior it is important to avoid--the vital dos and don'ts of parenting.
Her approach begins with parents themselves and their own psychological make-up and history--and how that in turn influences one's parenting.
Instead of mapping out the "perfect" plan, Perry offers a big-picture look at the elements that lead to good parent-child relationships. This refreshing judgement-free book will help you to:
• Understand how your own upbringing may affect your parenting
• Accept that you will make mistakes and learn what you can do about them
• Break negative cycles and patterns
• Handle your own and child's feelings
• Understand what different behaviors communicate
Full of sage and sane advice, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read is one every parent will want to read and every child will wish their parents had.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Listening to this self-help guide feels a bit like having a warm chat with an incredibly wise friend. British psychotherapist and advice columnist Philippa Perry has more than 20 years of experience helping people get their lives back on track, but this audiobook narrows her focus to helping those who often need guidance the most: Parents and children. Perry’s compassionate brand of attachment parenting helps us recognize the not-always-obvious ways our own upbringing could be impacting how we parent our kids—not to mention how we treat all the other important people in our lives. Her advice for forging lasting emotional bonds applies to both mothers and fathers and to children of every age, from establishing skin-on-skin contact with newborns to planning one-on-one getaways with teens. Perry’s crisp British accent and wonderfully steady tone are perfect for talking you down from parental-anxiety spirals. Best of all, you don’t even have to be a parent to benefit from listening—understanding how your parents raised you can help you become more empathetic and improve your relationships.
The author only has one child
I have my doubts on how much of these guidelines would work with multiple children families.