Permission to Parent

Permission to Parent

How to Raise your Child With Love and Limits

Book - 2014
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Based on her extensive clinical experience, the author presents a valuable guide that helps parents and children navigate the emotional and psychological minefields of family dynamics.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
ISBN: 9780062277299
0062277294
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 649.1 BER

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ksoles Mar 31, 2015

Guides on best parenting practices have all but taken over bookstore shelves and such an overwhelming amount of opinionated information has produced many confused caregivers. But, while readers can find much of Robin Berman's suggestions in other similar books, the author phrases her ideas in "Permission to Parent" in a welcoming, encouraging way. A psychiatrist (UCLA) and parenting group leader, Berman bases her narrative in current cultural references, which only sometimes weakens the book's integrity. The rest of the time her teachings seem sensible: how to maintain balance in a digital society, how to become an "emotional grown-up" and how to encourage both self-reliance and self-esteem. Throughout, she reminds readers to sync their behaviour with their words.

Ultimately, Berman strives to deter child rearers from wanting to make their children’s lives trouble-free. Overprotective parenting, she asserts, produces young adults who cannot handle the real world, who feel entitled and who have too much power while lacking resilience. She writes: “Parenting is not a democracy...You have to be very respectful of children’s feelings and understand them, but you have to draw the line and set boundaries." More specifically, she advises not to fear saying "no" and to let children do things for themselves as early as possible, even if it results in frustration. Allow children to find their own ways to solve problems and don't jump in to prevent failure; kids need to experience consequences.

Encourage chores, give unstructured play time and praise kindness, consideration and ethical choices. These actions will empower children with a sense of identity and will forge their connections with others. Sound advice on raising responsible, empathetic adults.

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