Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Book Review - The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child

About the BookThe bond between infant and parent is the most natural phenomenon in the world, but as children reach their preteens and form their own personalities, fireworks between child and parent can ensue. While raising kids is an experience that enriches your life and makes you a better you, it is really, really hard -- physically exhausting, psychologically demanding, and often perplexing.

When it comes to better parenting, Frances Walfish, Psy.D. (, the foremost Beverly Hills child and family psychotherapist, is the go to expert. Drawing on 20 years of clinical experience and the latest research on attachment, Dr. Walfish provides valuable lessons for parents about their half of the parent-child relationship in her new book, The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond with Your Child.  Due in bookstores December 7, 2010, The Self-Aware Parent shows parents how to distinguish their own personality types in order to make better decisions about how they interact and raise their children.  Each chapter summarizes Dr. Fran's Top Tips to use and includes self-evaluation scales. It is an essential tool for any parent who has ever felt clueless, out of control, inadequate or is simply seeking to become the best parent possible.

A frequent guest on top-tier TV programs including NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Dr Walfish’s expertise in the field of child and family psychology has also been featured in the The Los Angeles Times as well as in major publications such as American Baby, Child, Parents, Parenting, People, Psychology Today,  Family Circle, and Woman’s Day. Her caring approach, exuberant style, humor, and astute insights have earned her a sterling reputation among colleagues and national media alike.

Leading the field with innovative strategies for parents and with a wealth of expertise in child and family therapy,  Los Angeles parents flock to Dr. Walfish for parenting advice. She can address  a wide spectrum of  parenting topics (see below) and would be happy to share her  insights with Dad of Divas readers. Dr. Walfish has kept  thousands of parents sane for over two decades.

Topics include: The Importance of Knowing Yourself as a Parent * Separating Your Child from You * Managing Your Parental Worries and Concerns * The Helicopter Parent * Dealing with Your Parental Doubt * The Spaghetti Parent: Learning the Value of Saying No * Controlling Negativity in Your Communication * Managing Your Temper––Raising Awareness to Angry Feelings so Your Temper Doesn’t Creep Up on You * It’s About Your Child, Not You * The Importance of Bonding Solidly With Your Child * When One Parent Travels.

My Take on the Book
This book is very progressive and Dr. Walfish is very thorough in her assessments of parenting. With the fact that I am a parent of 2 girls, Dr. Walfish provides wonderful strategies and suggestions to deal with them and to build a better relationship with each of them as they get older.
There have been many times when J-Mom and I have reacted and treated our children in ways that is not productive. This book makes you really examine what you say and do with with your children and helps you identify how you can learn perpetuating.

I am always looking for ways to be a better parent and to build stronger relationships with my girls. This book opens a door to this for me. I am looking forward to trying out the strategies and resources that are included in this book.
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