- Series: Scientific Parenting (Book 2)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dundurn (June 23, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1459739000
- ISBN-13: 978-1459739000
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,501,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Kind of Parent Am I?: Self-Surveys That Reveal the Impact of Toxic Stress and More (Scientific Parenting) Paperback – July 17, 2018
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Discusses the significance of social support for promoting positive parenting strategies and stimulating healthy child development … I applaud Dr. Letourneau’s insights based on scientific evidence and innovative ideas for encouraging parents to seek support for themselves and their families. This book is timely and transformative. (Dr. Miriam Stewart, former Scientific Director at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
A must-read, refreshing look at what is really essential for parents to know, with intricate viewpoints presented in a comprehensive, easy-to-read format, including informative do-it-yourself surveys. This book also does a superb job highlighting Reflective Functioning (RF) — an extremely important yet unfamiliar concept to many parents. Both moms and dads will enjoy learning what RF is and how it underpins healthy serve and return interactions, which can help children overcome even the most difficult stressors. Encouraging parents to seek help when they need it is very welcome advice too! (Dr. Martha Hart, U of Calgary Research Analyst, Social & Developmental Psychology)
If you have a lot of stressful situations going on in your life you may be saddened by some of your test results BUT the book doesn’t just say “that’s not good for your child” and leave it at that. It delivers the results gently and most importantly, gives suggestions for where to turn to improve things. (SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews)
About the Author
Dr. Nicole Letourneau is a research chair in parent–infant mental health at the University of Calgary. Her research has been featured in the Globe and Mail and Huffington Post and on CTV News, Global News, and the CBC. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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Bad and toxic parenthood doesn't have to do with financial and social status, but most probably, is usually more frequent in environment where various addictions and limited financial possibilities are predominant. In What Kind of Parent Am I by Dr. Nicole Letourneau different parenting styles and risks are evaluated through individual questionnaires revealing not only the problem, but leading to at least one possible solution to correct the situation. Some cases rely on the mistakes and failures of our parents. Some of them are just the result of our pressures and adverse social and economic situations. In every single situation, the victim is always the child which doesn't have to pay for it.
A quote mentioned in the book is revelatory about the ways in which we have to try to raise our children: 'Let's raise children who won't have to recover from their childhoods'. Strong family and social networks, a permanent contact with educators, psychologists and pediatrician, a positive attitude keen to correct the misgivings of the past. The earlier it starts the more reversible the process is, therefore the proper feedback and support is necessary to eliminate the toxic risks.
Written based on the knowledge of the everyday life situations, this book serves as an inspired guidance in the complicated world and relationships of parents and their children. With the main encouragement do not hesitate to ask for support and the right resources for correcting your relationship and attitude. According to the author, parenting is a 'balancing act: it requires you to pull back at times but also to pay close attention to your child'. The most important question in this case is: 'Am I the parent my child needs me to be?'. The answer may differ from a development period to another, but it is always relevant to update the content based on various circumstances and the specific children history.
This book offers practical guidance and inspiration to parents worried about the weight of the past into their parenting while offering a serious scientific psychologic background for different choices and decisions regarding the education of children from the very beginning onwards.
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