The idea of connective parenting forms the foundation throughout this helpful, illuminating guide, and Kenney contends that it’s a more peaceful and practical approach for both parents and children. Using first hand examples from her own life, Kenney argues against punishing or attempting to control a child; instead, she recommends allowing children to express themselves and teaches parents how to respond compassionately. Kenney’s parenting style encourages parents to relieve the pressure of “seeking perfection” for both themselves and their children, a skill that comes with intense self-reflection, and her easy-to-use advice covers creative ways to connect with teens, convenient self-care tips, how to diffuse tense situations, and more.
The emphasis is on long-term change, and Kenney is upfront about the myth of a quick fix (there is no “magic system of parenting that will suddenly bring everything into balance,” she writes). Her straightforward guidance will empower parents to remove labels and reinforce authenticity, allowing readers to have fun in the process (Kenney even offers creative steps to injecting play into stressful interactions, a method she terms “PlayListen”). This is a vital resource for parents, teachers, or any adults who regularly interact with children. In Kenney’s own words, “Peaceful parenting is a real thing. It’s just waiting for you to take the first step.”
Takeaway: This wise, illuminating parenting guide emphasizes connection over control.
Great for fans of: Destini Ann Davis’s Very Intentional Parenting, Kelly Rippon’s Parent Up.
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