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Shelli Chosak, Ph.D.
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Your Living Legacy: How Your Parenting Style Shapes the Future for You and Your Child

Adult; Self-Help & Relationships; (Market)

Your Living Legacy is about empowering parents to become more self-aware and confident in guiding their children to become emotionally healthy and successful adults. The book’s central focus is on descriptions of 20 different parenting styles. Self-assessments will enable the reader to identify their personal style and evaluate the impact on the child’s development as well as the parent-child relationship. There is valuable information on a variety of topics including Bonding, Developmental Influences, Communication, Healing Relationships, and Letting Go, along with helpful hints and tips. This book is an essential resource for any parent or caregiver who wants to take advantage of creating opportunities for positive development and enduring relationships.

Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea/Concept: Different parenting styles are discussed, as well as the implications of each, and how such approaches to raising children have invariably significant impacts on a child's psychological growth. The author invites readers to reflect on their own childhood experiences and relationships with their parents, in order to consciously shape their parenting styles. 

Prose: The author utilizes clear, polished prose that speaks plainly to parental concerns, questions, and uncertainties, while communicating valuable insights and referencing abundant secondary sources. Anecdotal examples are relatable and endearing, while digestible paragraphs provide brief, but thought-provoking insights.

Originality:  This book stands apart from other guides aimed at conscientious parents, through its broad-ranging and comprehensive content. The author strikes an effective balance between informational content and personal reflections, while self-assessments and questionnaires provide an interactive element. 

Execution: The text is well organized and self-contained in such a way that it does not need to be read as a traditional book. Readers will welcome the ease of reading and the ability to zero in on particular topics of interest. 

Date Submitted: November 01, 2019

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