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The Present Parent Handbook: 26 Simple Tools to Discover that This Moment, This Action, This Thought , This Feeling is Exactly Why I'm Here Paperback – July 11, 2017
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"For many adults eager to develop effective parenting tools, The Present Parent Handbook, by Dr. Timothy Dukes offers a solution readily available and easily implemented. He reminds us that all we must do is be present and willing to feel, whatever arises, whenever it arises. And, if we fail to do so today, we can start fresh tomorrow. Presence aligns the parent with the child's world, and in so doing, creates a third thing: an awakened, evolving relational identity." - DR. SHEFALI TSABARY, New York Times bestselling author of The Awakened Family
"The Present Parent Handbook is just what every parent needs: honest, empathic, and accessible wisdom offered up in bite-sized chunks that even the most exhausted parents can read and integrate into their busy lives. I highly recommend it for any parent looking to be more present, compassionate, and engaged with their children." - CARLA NAUMBURG, PhD, LICSW. Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters
"In beautifully jargon-free prose, Duke offers wise and compassionate guidance on how to be truly mindful with our children. This practice of presence serves not only our children but also ourselves. This book moved me to tears at times. I can't wait to buy copies for all my parent friends." -DIANA WINSTON, Director of Mindfulness Education, UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center and co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness
"Dr. Timothy Dukes has written the essential guide for parents longing to connect with their children in meaningful ways. If you're tired of communicating with your child via text, I encourage you to put down your phone and pick up this book." -NORINE DWORKIN-McDANIEL, co-author of Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations
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"What parent doesn't need a toolkit of practical reminders and applications to daily life raising children? Thank you Dr. Tim Dukes for helping us be mindful, empathetic, and conscious listeners which will in turn naturally help our children to become the same." - TOM LIMBERT, parenting coach, educator and author of Dad's Playbook and What They Won't Tell You About Parenting
"This is a smart read. I recommend it for all parents. Dukes speaks to the very core of parenting. He reminds us that we can parent and be present -- in the home and while on the road. He reminds us that, You are the "Keeper of Connection" and even when you 'don't have any time.'" This is an important tool in his richly-inventoried toolkit. Take it to heart." - VAN JONES, Bestselling Author: Green-Collar Economy & Rebuild the Dream, Father of two boys
"The Present Parent is a meditative meta-journey into the essence of parenting. Dr. Dukes combines classical & practical advice on becoming the best parent you can be with modern mindfulness and spirituality. Any parent who wishes to ensure they are tuning into the needs of their child's development should consider picking up this book and then passing to a friend." - CHERYL CONTEE, award-winning CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy
"Through his profound and beautifully written book, The Present Parent, Dr. Timothy Dukes has captured in clear, grounded language, infused with years of professional knowledge and personal experience, words that point to the aspect of parenting that has no words: the reciprocal gift of being present with our children. A fine read,inspiring us as parents to raise children intrinsically prepared to greet their world." - LAURA BASHA, PhD, author of The Inward Outlook
"If it were possible to raise well-adjusted, happy children solely by parenting then this is the way. I loved being reminded that "Parenting is a creative act" and the dance that is relationship is where both lead and both follow. You may also be relieved to learn that spending quantity time with children does equal or surpass quality time!" - FREDERICK MARX, Director/Producer, warriorfilms.org
"A short, empathetic debut guide to conscientious parenting.His prose throughout is straightforward and mostly free of self-help cant, and many of his concepts come as much-needed reminders of basic ideas, especially for overworked or sometimes-absent parents who may lose sight of the awe and wonder of raising kids. Parenting, Dukes writes,represents the opportunity to "start fresh every day," and his book offers readers a great deal of help in seizing that opportunity. A conversational and compassionate handbook for kids' caregivers." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
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I use it as a daily reminder of what's truly at the heart of parenting, and what's essential about being a father.
Tim's writing is inspiring, uplifting, and it speaks to the heart and soul, not just the mind. It's grounded in experience, and theory, and gets to the point without a lot of bloat and beating around the bush.
Whenever I read a few pages, I feel clearer, lighter, my heart is more open, and I'm reminded of the joy and possibility of parenting.
If you read one parenting book this year, this is it.