This book is a unique and valuable resource for parents and guardians who wish to give their children the best start in life. It is especially relevant today, when families are under so much societal pressure. The author draws on years of experience in facilitating parenting groups and working as a family therapist to present her techniques clearly, illustrated by a wealth of real-life examples.
Caroline Penney explains how parents can help their children become confident, capable, caring, and able to reach their full potential. She gives parents and guardians simple skills for developing healthier relationships with children of all ages. These tools include acknowledging feelings, clear communication, descriptive praise, assertiveness, child-led play, describing behavior instead of labeling the child, problem solving, and discipline strategies. Caroline also offers advice on stress management for parents, guardians, and caregivers, insuring they get the self-care that they need.
“[The Parenting Toolkit] uses the secrets that family therapists know to get underneath problems and unlock what is causing them…. In clear, simple, and friendly language, she helps you understand, and overcome, these hurdles.” —Steve Biddulph, Australian author, activist, and psychologist