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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230102565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230102569
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Dr. Fran Walfish’s enthusiasm and dedication are infectious.”--Dr. Wendy Mogel, author The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

The Self Aware Parent is a wise and powerful book.  Imbued with the author's deep understanding of how relationships work, the book includes practical strategies all of us can use to become better parents, and better people.  Both as a parent and a professional, I highly recommend this book.”--Michael Gurian, Author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls

“Most of us want to parent differently than was done to us, we just don't know how. Dr. Fran uses wisdom and examples to gently empower us to become conscious of and change our parenting patterns. A must for every parent, regardless of the age of your child!”--Dr. Becky A. Bailey, author of Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline

“Dr. Walfish’s book is an invitation to confront ourselves as parents, but not in a harsh or negative way that leaves you feeling disheartened. Instead, I believe parents will feel encouraged by this book to look at themselves with a new, edifying lens, leaving them feeling realistically confident, and genuinely capable. That’s certainly what it’s done for me.”--Hal E. Runkel, author of ScreamFree Parenting

“Dr. Fran Walfish is a singularly creative and committed therapist.  She brings to her clinical work a personal warmth and an innate wisdom about parent-child relationships.”--Saul L. Brown, M.D., Emeritus Director Department of Psychiatry, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Emeritus Clinical Professor Psychiatry, U.C.L.A. School of Medicine

“Dr. Fran is the ‘secret sauce.’ If not for her, my daughter might have fallen through the cracks. I have eternal gratitude to her for her sage advice.”--The Honorable Lisa Korbatov, vice president, Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education

“I have known Dr. Fran Walfish professionally for over twenty-five years. As a child development specialist I have observed her work with children and families in clinical and childcare settings, and admire her integrity and thoroughness. Fran has a genuine warmth and empathy in her work and is authentic in her care and treatment of children and their families. I highly respect her work and opinion and find her to be a consummate professional.”--Jan David, M.A., Emeritus Director, Warner Center Children’s Corner, Woodland Hills, California

“As a school administrator, I have observed Dr. Fran Walfish’s parent education programs and have been impressed with her engaging ability as she interacts with parents, teachers and children. She is a gifted communicator, therapist, and a consummate professional with compassion and insight into the lives of children and their families.”--Jane E. Rosenberg, M.S., Director, Pacific Oaks Children’s School, Pasadena, California, Director Emeritus, Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Children’s Center

“As a professional in the field of pediatrics with over thirty years of experience I have recommended many patients seek psychotherapy. I have referred more patients to Dr. Fran Walfish than to any other child therapist. Dr. Fran Walfish has had an enormous impact in improving the lives of many of my patients and their families.”--Aviva D. Biederman, M.D., Pediatrician, Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles

“Being a parent has been the greatest learning lesson of my life, and Dr. Fran’s book, The Self Aware Parent, helped me learn much about myself. The book speaks to parents and offers a great deal of practical wisdom.”--Katey Sagal, actress, singer, producer

“My experience as a parent gave me more than a few reasons and opportunities to seek professional advice through the years that my kids were still at home. All parents need good accurate information. However when it’s imparted by someone with an exceptional gift for communication like Dr. Fran Walfish, it can be the positive turning point we parents are hoping for when we need it most.”--Michael McDonald, composer and recording artist

“As a child prodigy, I was the first one in my family to go into psychotherapy because I did not want to repeat what my parents did. Not that they didn’t love, they did. I wanted to undo the old and put new chips in my parenting computer.  I highly recommend The Self Aware Parent by Dr. Fran Walfish as a guiding tool that every mother and father should read. It is a necessity!”--Anna Maria Alberghetti, operatic singer and actress

“As a divorced parent, working with Dr.Walfish has been a gift.  Due to her thoughtful, sensitive and highly educated guidance, I have become a far more aware parent. For over five years, I have applied her practical and customized suggestions, and––wow––it has allowed my amazing daughter and me to grow together.”--Deborah Raffin, writer, actor, producer and director

About the Author

Frances Walfish, Psy.D., MFT, is a leading child and family therapist in private practice. She is a consultant for Parenting Teens Resource Network, Parents magazine, Little Soul Productions, Los Angeles City Crisis Intervention Counselors, Momlogic.com and chairs the Governing Board of the Early Childhood Parenting Center, founded at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She lives in Beverly Hills, CA.


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The content is right on target and the information is clearly and compassionately presented.
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Dr. Walfish provides many excellent ideas that parents can use to build confidence in their children and develop a calmer, happier household.
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If you want to build a better bond with your child or you just want to know how to parent better this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Young Emerson on December 21, 2010
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while shopping for books with my daughter, i came across "the self-aware parent" at the check out stand. because my two teenage children and i were having a number of "conflicts" (too be kind), decided to take it home after reading the contents and just the first couple of pages. so-o-o-o-o glad i did. dr. walfish opened my eyes as to why i treat and react to my children the way i do (see, mom, it is your fault) and how to avoid the mistakes my parents made and i was perpetuating. not sure my changes will help too much with the 16-year old son, but giving it a try. know my new approach in dealing with my younger 13-year old daughter should have a profound effect. it is hard to change habits you have grown up with from a young child, but i am making the effort and will use "the self-aware parent" as my guide. i highly recommend it.
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If you are lucky enough to have read this book, then you've struck it rich. I've had the good fortune of working with Dr Fran as a client in a divorce with children - and her constant, consistent, insightful and appropriate phraseology and critical thinking at times of high stress and conflict has helped more parents than I can even list. As I read this book, I heard her comforting tone, her perceptive suggestions, her compassion for the children and her love of her profession. This guidance has worked wonders for our children and for me as a parent and a positive role model in their lives.

People (like me) have paid (happily) a great deal of money for advice she has generously shared with her readers in this book. It will be one of the best values you can possibly find.

And if you're considering it, that just shows you are her audience: a self aware parent!
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As a Mommy I found Dr. Fran Walfish's Book interesting, an easy read, made me laugh, made me think, full of great strategies and I love the great points at the end of each chapter! If you want to build a better bond with your child or you just want to know how to parent better this is the book for you. My husband read the book after me and we were able to work together to apply the lessons we learned in the book. This is great for parents, grandparents, teachers anyone who wants to just be a better parent or learn better ways to resolve conflict. It is never to late to try and change your ways. I would highly recommend this book. Great Tips! Easy to Read! Great Price!
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By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2010
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Have you ever met a truly magical human being?

Fran Walfish is one of the rare individuals who can be so described. While books pertaining to psychotherapy have become so generic in our culture, reflecting an all-too-tired set of opinions from the point of view of "I know how it is, and this book will enlighten you", Dr. Walfish delivers her message from a place of deep empathy and compassion...and does so with the radiant warmth of an abundant, loving heart. And, she's funny!

Treat yourself to her gentle insight. This book will help you improve your relationship with your children; there can be no greater gift.
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By Neal Ramer on December 14, 2010
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Dr. Walfish puts her best foot forward as she enlightens us on how to put forward our best parenting foot. Her gentle approach and years of clinical experience shine through and she never talks down to the reader. Dr. Walfish's unique perspective is most welcome in this crowded genre.

As a therapist, I found her book sharp and beneficial to my practice; as a parent, I am amazed at her insight into the parental condition and what we can do to better our approach to parenting, thus deepening the parent/child relationship.
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Dr. Walfish provides many excellent ideas that parents can use to build confidence in their children and develop a calmer, happier household. This is not your typical "psychology" book. The writing style is very easy to digest and read. I strongly recommend this book for all parents and families. It helped bring to light some issues that I did not even consider while also providing strategies to remedy behaviors that we had long wanted to address.
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This book was very informative for me. It helped me see the effects of my own upbringing on the way I am parenting my children. I have already started to implement some of the recommendations and am seeing positive effects in myself and my children. I highly recommend this book for parents who feel they could benefit their parenting style and who want to understand more about themselves at the same time.
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Dr. Fran Walfish delivers an approach to child rearing like no one else. She sets herself apart from the others with passion, humor and her real-people strategies for cultivating an open, truthful and peaceful home. Her experience and love of kids shines through. If your life is a struggle with your child, bring Dr. Fan into it. She will not let you down!
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