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Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children Paperback – September 25, 2017
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"Kim Fredrickson's new parenting book is a compilation of some of themost effective parent training materials I have ever been exposed to. Ihave had the privilege of sitting in her classes and teaching alongsideher. You will find the material and advice to be practical, based onsound research, and easy to understand. Parents regularly comment thatKim's teaching frees them to experience child care in a more positiveand meaningful light."
~ Kenneth Logan, PsyD, Psychologist and Professor of Counselor Education, Western Seminary, Portland
"Kim's wise advice helped me learn how to validate a teen's opinion even when I disagreed with him or her. I learned to move from teaching teens tocoaching them. These skills and others helped me to foster truerelationships with my own children and now enhance my relationships with them as adults. In fact, the concepts are so valuable, I use these same skills to inform my counseling practice."
~ Carol Karkazis, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Roseville, CA
"Kim shares practical advice that is simple, makes sense, and issome-thing you can do. Her motto regarding parenting is 'It's all aboutthe relation-ship,' and she offers guidance to develop a compassionaterelationship with your kids. Her principles are in line with raisingresponsible and respectful children."
~ Betty Koons, Teacher and Mom
About the Author
Kim Fredrickson is a licensed marriage and family therapist of thirty-plus years. She loves to teach others about the power of self-compassion from a faith perspective. She is the author of Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend and Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children. She recently retired from her counseling practice when diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal lung disease that developed as a rare complication from the chemotherapy and radiation she received for breast cancer. After her diagnosis, Kim wrote her most recent book to help her adult children and others with the challenges of parenting. She is married to her husband, Dave, of thirty-nine years, and they have two grown children. She writes two popular weekly blogs: Self-Compassion for Real Life and a patient column for Pulmonary Fibrosis News, Just Breathe…Compassionate Help for the PF Journey. Thousands of patients and their loved ones read her column all over the world.
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Other books tell us what to do with our children. This book helps us learn how to be with our children. Kim offers clear guidelines as to how to be a “coach, encourager, and challenger” and develop that strong emotional relationship with our child that is more impactful than any parenting techniques. I cannot recommend it more highly.
I am in awe of her wisdom and simplicity as she breaks things down into "not so scary", reality-based, common moments. We all wish we had a pocket-sized guidebook to retrieve from our hip pocket on a moment's notice to help us LEAD our growing families to resolution. This book is that guide. Fredrickson's personal history and professional experience provide the parent with a gentle and holistic
way to navigate each situation so that the kid is nurtured, guided and provided with an example of love both for the child and the parent. Everyone wins. I choose to use the word LEAD because that is what her book does. GIVE YOUR CHILDREN A BREAK also gives the parent a break.
Through simplifying the everyday moments of conflict of "whose the boss" dynamics, Kim has presented those dynamics from a nurturing position no matter what challenge the child puts in front of you. She turns every situation inside out, presents the behavior, explains the children's in-the-moment need, and suggests the words, attitude and focus to ease everybody back into functional and age-appropriate roles. I was amazed at the numerous parenting situations she brought out for discussion--she did not miss a trick. She presented both the kid's emotional needs as well as the parent's and focused on leading everyone in that direction.
This is a very well written and valuable guide that should be on every parent's and grandparent's bedside table.
I love that the author, Kim Fredrickson, shows us Jesus’ example as the basis for this in Matthew 9:36, “When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless....” Isn’t that how we parents often feel as we try to parent as well?
Kim goes on to say, “Notice what it says and doesn’t say. It shows that Jesus saw that they were harassed and helpless, with no one to help. He responded with compassion and sought to meet their need. This verse doesn’t say that Jesus was mad at them or blamed them for the mess they were in. No, He responded with compassion and help. What a wonderful model for us.”
Frederickso has written another remarkable book here that every child will hope their parents will read.
Highly recommend, 5 stars.
Deb Gruelle, Author of Ten Little Night Stars