Author: Dr. Fran Walfish
The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child by Dr. Fran Walfish was a fascinating self awareness book that gives “real life”, practical strategies that will help parents as their children reach their preteen and teen years.
This engaging book really captured my attention as I already notice my three young children forming very distinct personality features and gasp…..some of those features are less than desirable. More importantly it identifies some of my own parenting pitfalls and provided solutions to avoid such issues as “Controlling Negativity in Your Communication”, “Controlling your Temper” and “Managing Your Parental Worries and Concerns” (I read this chapter three times!). It also discusses parenting styles such as the Helicopter Parent and the Spaghetti Parent which I enjoyed and noticed some of those same traits in myself.
What makes this such a useful parenting book is that it engaging and offers special case studies and examples which I found to be extremely helpful and encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed the chapter devoted to “The Importance of Bonding Solidly with Your Child” and appreciated the author’s practical words of advice and professional wisdom. I have read a lot of parenting books that focus specifically on the child but really feel this is exceptional in that it is aimed towards the parent and the parent/child relationship.
Instead of feeling defeated because I identified with potentially damaging parenting traits, I finished this book feeling empowered to utilize many of the techniques offered in this book in order to ultimately be the best mother to my children that I can. I would recommend this book parents who have children of all ages. The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child retails for $17.00 and can be purchased at leading book stores or online.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*