Parenting is often seen as a skill that is instinctive and doesn’t need to be learned. However, many parents and guardians can benefit enormously from learning child-sensitive techniques that help them reflect on their parenting.
The Parenting Toolkit is a unique and valuable resource for parents and guardians who want to give their children the best possible start in life. It is especially relevant today, when families are under so much social pressure. Caroline Penney draws on her years of experience of facilitating parenting groups and working as a family therapist to present the techniques clearly. She explains how to help your children become confident, capable, caring, and able to reach their full potential, as well as offering advice on how to ensure that you are getting all the self-care that you need to be a good parent.
Illustrated throughout with warm and witty illustration by Kate Hajducka.
“[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
“An out-of-the-ordinary parenting book that combines practical know-how with deep psychological knowledge. Writing with a deceptive lightness of touch, Caroline Penney helps us to understand the reasons why both parents and children behave as they do. A very welcome book.”—Dr. Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters
“Surviving family life is a big challenge, yet good-enough parenting can go a long way to refuting poet Philip Larkin’s infamous claim that mum and and ‘f*** up’ their children. This splendid new book will greatly assist parents in negotiating the parenting minefield successfully, helping them to raise emotionally balanced, happy children.”—Oliver James, psychologist, psychotherapist, and writer
This book is a unique and valuable resource for parents and guardians who wish to give their children the best start in life, and is especially relevant today, when families are under so much societal pressure. The author has drawn on her years of experience facilitating parenting groups and working as a family therapist to present these techniques clearly, illustrated by a wealth of real-life examples. She explains how to help your children become confident, capable, caring, and able to reach their full potential. She gives parents and guardians simple skills for developing healthier relationships with their children of all ages. These include: acknowledging feelings, clear communication, descriptive praise, assertiveness, child-led play, describing behavior instead of labeling the child, problem solving, and discipline strategies. She also has advice on how to manage parents’/guardians’ own stress and ensure they are getting the self-care that they need.
Kate Hajducka is a painter, printmaker, and botanical illustrator based in Edinburgh and the East Neuk. She has a degree in illustration from Brighton College of Art and has trained and worked as an art therapist. She also took a painting course at Leith School of Art and has set up and worked in several creative businesses, taught English as a foreign language, and practiced as a midwife.