- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (November 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634504461
- ISBN-13: 978-1634504461
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids Hardcover – November 17, 2015
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I'm giving the book more than one star because I agree with a lot of things she says (of course I think the US should have a better maternity policy and that you should listen to your kid). And it was interesting to read about other cultures, even if she didn't necessarily convince me why their approaches are better for long term effects.
However, I felt she overly idealized some cultures and made some leaps in logic. For instance, I felt that she implied daycare is the reason for mass shootings nowadays. Interesting concept, but not really a strategy for raising a child or something that is helpful to me as a parent right now.
The biggest problem I had with this book is her footnotes. After one particular "fact" that I read, I clicked on the footnote to look at the reference. I expected to be led to a study on PubMed, but instead it was a NPR broadcast. She even has Wikipedia as a reference. I feel that it's quite misleading to present "facts" without references to peer reviewed studies.
I would certainly not recommend this book to another parent. To me, the author was on a soapbox about certain issues and did not deliver on the title or synopsis.
BUT THEN I realize that I, myself, actually did raise both of my children more or less the way Peterson recommends. I mean I was probably within 90% compliance of everything she says to do. If she talked to me, she would probably be really pleased with my parenting and would probably say, "Good job--your children aren't the ones I'm worried about." The WORST thing I probably did was leave my younger child in group daycare for about 25 hours a week starting when she was 7 months old, but that was with teachers who absolutely ADORED her and were totally tuned into her health and well-being. I don't really think the Future Of Human Civilization Police are going to come knocking on my door for that.
So--I don't know. Part of me think this book is glorifying "primitive" cultures in an unrealistic and unhelpful way, and part of me thinks Peterson is actually on to something and is probably pretty much correct in most of her assertions, even the ones that are impossible for most modern American parents to implement, even the ones that *I* managed to implement because I lucked into an above-average family support structure situation. I'm giving this book four stars to balance my misgivings with the quality of the research and writing. I'd be happy to discuss my thoughts further if anyone wants to discuss them in a rational, peaceful way.