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Bruce Dolin, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Beverly Hills, California. With a BA from University of Michigan, an MFA from NYU and a doctorate from California School of Professional Psychology, "Privilege of Parenting" is a synthesis of what Bruce has learned in life, in two decades of clinical experience in work with children and families ranging from group home children, consulting at private schools and working in private practice and as the parent of two boys. He lives in Studio City, CA with his wife of 20 years, Andrea Alsberg, a film curator, their sons Nate and Will and also their rescued bulldog-boxer, Agnes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Pop The World (December 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984625755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984625758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wayne Liebman on June 13, 2012
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This is a book about mindful parenting. As Bruce Dolan writes in his introduction, this isn't a "how to" book so much as a "why to" book. He goes on: "The more deeply we understand each other, ourselves and our children, the more we are able to be our best Self in parenting. . . ."

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.
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I am generally not a big fan of parenting books. Indeed, the only thing I know for sure about parenting is that there is no one way to do any of this. And that's why I loved Privilege of Parenting: Bruce Dolin doesn't promise a child-care equivalent of a Get Rich Quick scheme. Instead he admits upfront, "The art of parenting is not so much knowing what to do, as it is consistently doing it," and goes on to explain that his book "is not so much a 'how-to' book as it is 'why-to.' The more deeply we understand each other, ourselves and our children, the more we are able to be our best Self in parenting and all our endeavors."

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.
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I am the parent of a 9 year old, 6 year old, and 3 year old. This is a wonderful book to read as my kids get older. The chapters are broken out into the times when I feel most helpless with my children (when they are sad, angry, and manipulative), and helps me understand what it really feels like to be a sad, angry or manipulative child, what the correlating adult emotion is, and what is needed to help walk with a child through that difficult place. This isn't another book about time outs, or magic words you can say to make your children perfect. It emphasizes that healthy children are borne out of healthy relationships with their adult caregivers. Each chapter is incredibly long - I can barely finish one a day. But each chapter gives me so much to think about and has helped strengthen my empathy for each of my kids.
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I had the opportunity to read this book and I was so excited to find how helpful and inspiring this was for my daily life. I have 3 boys and this book covered a ton of topics. It gave advice and words of wisdom for a lot of different scenarios. I will read this book many times and refer to it often.
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Bruce Dolin gives straight forward, common sense advice on the harrowing job of parenting. His sense of balance and nurturing impart calm and confidence to the harried parent. It is indeed a privilege to guide and form a fellow human being, and Bruce makes the journey less daunting and overwhelming.
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I am a fan of Bruce's book! It is all about the connection, the communication and the WAY we connect with each other. It is often times abotu HOW the other person connects, rather then WHAT the communicates.
The tools that Bruce gives in his book are magical!
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