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Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges Paperback – August 23, 2016
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"Wow. This is the book I've been waiting for! "Listen" captures the heart and soul of Patty Wipfler's groundbreaking work with parents and families. This remarkable book describes the tools of Parenting by Connection with clarity, and then applies them with thoughtfulness and compassion to the real struggles of parents. I am thrilled about "Listen" for the thousands of people who--like me--have had a taste of these ideas already and have been itching for this book. I'm even more thrilled for those of you who are discovering these tools for the first time. You are in for an incredibly rewarding adventure." Lawrence J. Cohen author of Playful Parenting
About the Author
Patty Wipfler is the mother of two sons and the Founder of the non-profit organization, Hand in Hand Parenting. The focus of her life's work has been teaching and supporting parents. She directed The School, a non-profit parent co-operative preschool in Palo Alto, and later directed the Neighborhood Infant Toddler Center. She has led over 400 workshops for families and professionals who work with parents. In 1989, Patty founded the non-profit Hand in Hand. As Director, she wrote the "Listening to Children" series and over 60 articles on the principles and benefits of this approach to parenting. To date, Hand in Hand has sold over 800,000 copies of "Listening to Children" (now published as "Parenting by Connection") in English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. Patty Wipfler's articles have been published on Huffington Post, Mothering Magazine, Nurture Magazine, the Bulletin of Zero to Three, Child Welfare News, and in many local newsletters for parents. She has been a keynote speaker at Association for the Education of Young Children conventions in Chicago and Philadelphia, and has spoken to parents around the world. Patty has two grown sons and lives in Palo Alto, California.
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What I loved about this book is that it gives you tools to manage your OWN emotions, which is the most important thing in parenting. It also explained child's needs from a DEVELOPMENTAL perspective, and it's a life-changer. Our society expects children to BEHAVE, even if it's developmentally inappropriate.
All the tools are evidence-based.
I wish I got this book when my first child was born, I would have avoided so many parenting mistakes! But it's ok - it's never too late, one can always build connection RIGHT NOW, no matter where you are. It is so inspiring, and there's so much compassion all around. The world would be a kinder, more compassionate place if this book were distributed at the hospitals and birthing centers.
Feeling deeply grateful to have found this loving, non-punitive parenting approach.
The best thing is... I feel so good about myself, and about my parenting, and about my kids, and my husband. I understand them better. Now our house is full of giggles and cooperation. It's so good to know I am supporting my kids the way THEY need, vs what I THINK I should be giving them :)
Parenting is such hard work. I see devoted, loving parents not getting through to their kids...Loosing close connections once they kids are older, all the while trying SO hard. Get this book so that you can stay connected (maintain a close relationship) to your child once they have a CHOICE whether to hang out with you or not.