- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (7 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747565767
- ISBN-13: 978-0747565765
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.1 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Letting Go as Children Grow: From Early Intimacy to Full Independence - a Parent's Guide Paperback – 7 Jul 2003
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'A fascinating new perspective on the perplexing business of being a parent' -- Top Sante
'A timely reminder that children grow up of their own accord, whether parents hot-house nurture them or not' -- Tatler
'A wonderfully readable account of relaxed parenting' -- Esther Ripley
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It is hard, in a short review, to give credit to the full range of dj's insights and approach, since so much is covered. she has the knack of making our complex feelings and ideas feel simple and clear.
But - I would say - the basic tenet of her book is love, to relax and that is the letting go part of the title. I think she is also saying, which chimed with my views too - that there is so much emphasis, even in babyhood and toddlerhood and childhood on achievement, getting it right, being perfect (and being the perfect parent). Whether this takes the form of : toy libraries, early learning, sign language, Fisher toys, experts on this and experts on that, "bonding", "socialisation", "safety", on and on - i think dj's plea is for a little lightness, and freedon/relaxation, the mother trusting her own, deep instincts, and I guess, Love is really what its all about.
She doesn't skirt over difficult or controversial issues, and approaches them sensitively, her particular plea for "community" was especially interesting for me, not so easy to achieve, but still she takes an inspiring, commonsense appraoch.
A hypothesis against anxiety and for simple, ordinary parental love.
I think that this is a wonderful resource for parents who are happy to let their children grow up in their own time and who just want to love and support them along their way. This is not a "how to..." book, rather it is a reminder that parents are the experts when it comes to their own children. It talks about how to tread that fine line between allowing your children the freedom to be who they are while also teaching them that they live in social groups with certain rules and expectations.
For anyone wanting a more child centred approach to parenting without turning their child into the centre of the universe, this book is invaluable.