- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Book Publishers Network (2 Jan. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887542329
- ISBN-13: 978-1887542326
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.8 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves Paperback – 2 Jan 2006
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In applying Ms. Aldort's suggestions myself, I have found that my listening and communication skills are improving and I am definitely more mindful, more empathetic, and more flexible as a parent. Happily, my children have noticed this change and, even more happily, have emulated it in their relationships with each other, with their father, with me, and with friends. A little positive parenting goes a long way!!
Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves is a must-read, must-have book for parents who are trying to break a personal or cultural cycle of authoritarianism and start becoming the mothers and fathers they wish to be.
I first came across Aldort in an online article on the subject of what to do when one child hurts another. After 5 years of University teacher-training pedagogy, her answer blew me away because it was the exact opposite of anything I'd read: As quickly and immediately as possible, give love to and spend time with the aggressor. Once the one who is hurt is attended to for injury, take some concentrated time to meet and validate the one who has pushed/hit/bit. In her words from another article: "Meeting the child's needs for closeness, affection and human connection are at the heart of preventing all types of aggression and emotional difficulties." (When Toddlers Bite, [...]. Aldort's book is pure gold on the subject of meeting children's emotional needs. No one else has laid this out so clearly. Her book is separated into five main categories: how children experience love, freedom of self-expession, autonomy and power, emotional safety, and self-esteem. Whether or not you are a parent, this book will meet it's own proclaimed agenda by helping you to raise yourself on all five of these levels.Read more ›
However, the examples didn't always ring true to me, and also some of the advice given was very impractical, if a parent of more than one child you're often pulled in four or five different directions and there are times I literally cant just stop and sit because one of them is having a tantrum, motherhood is a balancing act and there are many peoples needs to consider.
I would definitely recommend looking for Naomi Aldort's videos on youtube they're a handy summation of the book and in some ways clearer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love the book , i wish i founf about it earlier when my first one was only a baby , but anyways I am happy to be part of it now :)Published 12 months ago by silvie
For too long now I feel parenting books have avoided telling parents they need to take responsibility and look at their own baggage in order to be the best they can be. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tanith Carey, author of Taming the Tiger Parent
It's a really good book but honestly a little bit guilt inducing. Unless you have no children/tiny babies you will probably have done something wrong and deeply scarring. Read morePublished 17 months ago by puppetsal
This book gives you a totally different prospective of the parenting theories , highly recommended where all the other theories have failedPublished 17 months ago by serena
Heart breaking in a way that heals. Not only has it improved my parenting skills exponentially but has helped me understand and forgive my parents for all of their mistakes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alex McKinney