In this book, we have explored the various different types of parenting styles that are most common. We have considered how they can sadly be distilled into a very toxic relationship that can cause significant harm to a child, and their future. We have done this exploration because of the fact that there are so many parents who struggle to maintain a good relationship with their child. Their worry and fear is whether they are doing more harm than good in parenting. Their relationships might be strained, or distant, or worse, completely fractured.
This book was thus created to assist those parents, and to help them create a safe environment, a loving and nurturing environment in which they can reach out to their child, and guide and assist them in finding their way in the world where they can help them to become the best version of themselves that they can be.
To this end, we introduced the calm parenting method, and its partner and end-goal, the friendship parenting model. The aim of the method is to facilitate the ideal relationship in which all parties can flourish, and in which honesty, openness, and respect can be achieved and maintained. And as importantly, that this can be achieved when a parent approaches this goal from a calm, composed and gentle angle.
After an in-depth discussion of these two great and complimentary models, we then address the idea of creating and maintaining a legacy, which can be passed on from parent to child, in order to ensure continuity of the family’s worldview.
Our last port of call was a practical one, as we looked at various suggestions and tips to ensure that the method and model of parenting can be achieved; and while it would take hard work, and effort, it was achievable. As we close our journey into parenting, there is time for one more tale.
In Cape Town, South Africa, you will find a well-known prison island known as Robben Island. The island itself has served many purposes over the centuries, from being a leper colony, to an island community. It’s most famous role however, was as a prison for political enemies of the Republic of South Africa. It was for many years the prison and home of the late President Nelson Mandela, before he was set free and became the great statesman. Today, the island serves as an historic museum. Tours are taken daily to the island, where tourists can sit in the very cell that Mr. Mandela lived in for so many years. The tours are hosted by former political prisoners.
Some years ago, when visiting the island and taking the tour, it was humbling to see the struggles faced by the political prisoners as they would toil in the quarry, breaking rocks and carrying them to where they were directed. And as we close our book, we do so with the following words which were spoken on the tour, by one of the former political prisoners. They very aptly summarize the goals of this book:
“We are not where we want to be. We still have some way to go. But we are so much further from where we were. Which is good. We can get there still one day. I truly believe we can. We just need to continue putting in the good and hard work, and we will get there, together.”
Targeted Age Group:: Parents
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Eternal problems of parents and children
Form a closer, more loving relationship with your child by learning how to communicate, build trust, and become both a parent and a friend.
Is your relationship with your child strained?
Are you having trouble deciding between an authoritarian and more laid-back parenting style?
Do you wish you could talk to your kids about anything and everything, but your questions are met with silence?
Do you feel like you should be more than just a good parent, but also a good friend to your child?
We’re past the days when the role of a parent was to set rules, enforce discipline, and be the authoritarian leader.
Parent-child friendships were once discouraged, but times are changing.
Parents are changing.
If you long for the closeness that other parents seem to have with their children, you can have it.
All you have to do is learn what it means to be a parent, understand your child, and open a line of communication that puts their needs first.
This book will teach you not only what good and poor parenting look like, but also how to bring your child into the equation so you’re not building a one-sided relationship.
In addition, you’ll discover:
● Your parenting style and what that means for your relationship with your child
● The idea of the “golden child” and how parenting influences how kids grow up
● The seriousness of poor parenting and its effect on children
● A winning method of parenting that encourages nurturing and fosters a close parent-child relationship
● How to be a friend to your child while encouraging respect and discipline
And so much more!
As a bonus, you’ll also be introduced to the idea of legacy parenting, which equips kids with the knowledge they need to one day be a wonderful parent, just like you.
With practical tips, helpful guidelines, and gentle reminders that you can do this, you’ll find everything you need to be a better parent in this book.
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