Liberated parents, liberated children

This is the 2nd book I read from Adèle Faber and Elaine Mazlish, in fact the first one they wrote, following the ideas of the person who trained them: Dr. Ginott.

I found it very interesting to complement  How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk

When the latter was very structured, with reminder lists at the end of each chapter, this one has more of a narrative form. It is the learning story of the authors, the journey that helped them become who they are.

Before writing books and workshops, they have follow workshops themselves, have struggled to be better mothers, and reflected on the advice they received.
This also is a learning curve for me: it is not as easy to write chapter-by-chapter summaries, it is more the general atmosphere of the book that conveys the messages, letting them sink little by little…

Anyway, I’ll try my best.

Note: There are obviously some ideas that are directly linked with the principles presented in How to talk so kids will listen…, so even though there are more examples in this book, I sometimes use direct references to chapters already detailed in my previous notes.

Table of contents:
1 – In the beginning were the words


2 – They feel what they feel

3 – Feelings and variations

4 – When a child trusts himself

5 – Letting go: a dialogue on autonomy

6. “Good” isn’t good enough: a new way to praise

7 – The roles we cast them in

8 – Don’t change a mind: change a mood


9 – We feel what we feel

10 – Protection – for me, for them, for all of us

11 – Guilt and suffering

12 – Anger

13 – New portrait of a parent


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