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Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children Paperback – March 18, 2014
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“Writing from her own extensive experience and psychological wisdom, Krissy Pozatek shows us how children can develop the resilience, confidence and creativity that enables them to find true joy in living.” (Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance)
“An exciting addition to my mindful parenting programs and therapy practice, Brave Parenting offers rich and concrete wisdom on how we can support our children to thrive in the face of all of life's challenges and joys.” (Sara Marlowe, author of No Ordinary Apple)
“In a readable, accessible style, Krissy Pozatek draws on her clinical experience, intimate knowledge of the outdoors, and Buddhist wisdom to help parents find their way back to one of the most challenging and important aspects of parenting: helping our children develop mastery and resilience by supporting rather than controlling or fixing them. A truly useful and relevant read for all parents.” (Carla Naumberg, PhD, contributor at PsychCentral.com)
About the Author
Krissy Pozatek has had fifteen years of experience in the wilderness therapy and adolescent treatment field and a graduate degree in clinical social work from both Smith College School for Social Work and at N.M. Highlands University. Her clinical experience includes the treatment of depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, adoption issues, trauma, self-harming behavior, substance abuse, personality disorders, and family system problems.
Krissy currently works as a parent coach with parents of struggling adolescents and young adults through her coaching practice, Parallel Process, established in 2006. She also conducts parent workshops, seminars, lectures, and most recently was a visiting professor at Middlebury College. Krissy is the author of The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment. Krissy lives in East Montpelier, VT.
Top customer reviews
This book inspired me to write a list of common, daily interactions and ways of being that I have with my children and to ask whether this is what I want, whether this is my best. Bottom line is that this book inspired reflection & new, more light-hearted approaches. I will reread it again over time & would recommend it to my friends.
Having now read, and reread some portions, I want to encourage other parents to do the same. I was able to employ some practices immediately and could not believe how well they worked! My children have responded in ways I would never have expected. Krissy provides real life examples to demonstrate the new approach which has made it easier for me to learn the new practices. I am able to see for myself how ineffective my usual way of handling situations with my kids has been.
I am very grateful for what this author has brought to our family's life.
Brave Parenting teaches us how to empower our children, how to help them build skills for the future. Children want to solve their own problems. But they also want to share and to have closeness with their parents. Brave Parenting teaches parents how to be "present but not interfering". And how to make deep connections with our children, while still allowing them "the capacity to be."
Brave Parenting has completely changed the way I deal with my children, my family and (as a teacher), my students. It is outstanding and I recommend it to all parents.