As parents, what do we need to give our children so that they grow up to be, well-balanced and resilient adults? Parenting tutor and mother of two Christiane Kutik tells us that, above all, children need their parents to give them strong values to help them find their way in life.
Many of us consider values to be an old-fashioned concept but Kutik suggests that by fostering twelve vital values, parents can provide their children with all the tools they need to flourish, to discover the worth of non-material rewards and to have an emotionally enriching life. Parenting with Values encourages parents to reflect on which values they want to pass on to their children.
In twelve short, easy-to-digest chapters, Kutik discusses the essential qualities that children need, and explains how each one is learned and passed on from parent to child. The twelve essential values Kutik identifies are:
∞ Capacity to manage conflict
∞ Interest in the World
∞ Connection to the Natural World
This engaging and readable book is filled with practical, everyday examples of values in action. It provides inspiration for parents who want to encourage positive development proactively in their children.
“This is a brilliant book.... The book provides us with the opportunity to reflect and consider how to free ourselves from some of the stresses of parenting by renewing these twelve qualities within ourselves and modelling them for our children. Parenting with Values is a worthwhile journey to take for—for grandparents and carers, too!” —New View
“This might sound like something from a Supernanny-styled television show, or a proselytizing tome about Zen-like parents who do not really exist in normal life, but rest assured, it is an extremely level-headed and warmhearted book that offers a great deal to stressed parents and families.... This book is short enough to be an easy read, but powerful enough to give you an insight into the parents of the children in your setting and ways that you might be able to help when it comes to essential values, such as empathy, independence, truthfulness, self-respect, and more.” —EYE Magazine
“This very easy-to-read book highlights the importance of values.... I very much like the idea of values-based parenting, and I found this book a helpful way to gently remind me where to refocus.... The many anecdotes throughout the book help bring the theory into reality and show how values can be a place of strength for parents.” —Juno Magazine
Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer's Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.
Christiane Kutik is a mother of two, an interior designer, teacher and parenting consultant. She is a director at the IPSUM Institute in Munich, which trains parental advisors in early-years childcare. She gives lectures and seminars on practical issues relating to daily childcare and family life. She is the author of Stress-Free Parenting in 12 Steps.