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Privilege of Parenting Paperback – December 14, 2011
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Parenting in a complicated world
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The author writes about such things as attitude, seeing without judging, good feelings that last, using intuition, building self-esteem, spiritual parenting. These are not easy subjects and there aren't many books that even try to cover them in the depth found here. Fortunately, we're in the hands of a guide who knows the territory. Bringing his two decades as a clinical psychologist (and as a father) to bear, the author makes his subject vivid through insight and stories.
A dense book, almost encyclopedic, this is not for the casual reader. One opens it almost as one consults the I-Ching, and it is digested best in small pieces. For those interested in parenting as a path of personal and spiritual growth, the rewards are ample.
So how does Dr. Dolin go about helping us understand ourselves, each other, and our kids? By tapping into his nearly two decades of experience as a clinical psychologist in the "system" and in private practice (not to mention as a partner and as a dad) to tell stories that skillfully illustrate his ideas. We meet Lenny, a foul-mouthed group home kid of questionable hygiene, to learn about the importance of trying to understand rather than change. And Allison, a sweet 11-year old left out of the "cool" girl's sleepover party, to illuminate the connection between self-esteem and kindness. And Joseph, a sweet, developmentally disabled boy on the cusp of adulthood, to reflect on "our essential task as human beings: loving presence to the moment and all it contains." Dr. Dolin also mines his exhaustive knowledge of film and literature to give us other lessons from sources as wide-ranging as Atticus Finch, Mary Poppins, and Mr. Henshaw.
I bought this book on the day it was published last December and read it through cover to cover.Read more ›
The tools that Bruce gives in his book are magical!
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