THE PARENT MANIFESTO How to create a parenting approach that’s perfect for your family
“This book has changed my happiness, my home space, my child, and our relationship. Truly amazing!”
“My parenting journey began in September 2002 when I discovered I was pregnant. The journey since then has been enthralling and enlightening, but also a little overwhelming.
It has included newborn turmoil, toddler antics, preschooler pleasantries – and, now, two children at school. Along the way, I’ve learnt a lot about child development, human relationships and family cohesion.
I’ve also learnt a lot about myself. I’ve learnt to be more patient, more self-aware and more compassionate. I’ve also learnt to be less judgemental, less controlling and less self-centred.
I’ve sometimes been forced to learn these lessons against my will. I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming from ‘I DON’T need to change’ to ‘Oh yes, I did really need to change, and life is so much better now. Thank you.’
It hasn’t been easy, but it has been phenomenally worthwhile. What has helped has been a commitment to learning and growing, and a willingness to be imperfect and make mistakes.
What hasn’t helped is not believing in myself. I’ve had to learn to back myself, and look after myself.
And the best way I found to achieve this is to work from a strong foundation: This is who I am, and this is how I want to raise my family.
I’ve always maintained that there is no one right way to raise kids. And I’ve tried to support parents in discovering their own parenting wisdom in my business Parent Wellbeing, and in my previous books Full Belly and Little Bundle.
But this book brings together all of my professional thinking and personal experience since becoming a parent. It is a road map and a guide book. But it won’t tell you what to do.
Instead, it will help you to back yourself, look after yourself, and learn your life lessons.
Best wishes on your journey. May it be as enthralling and enlightening as mine has been!”
THIS IS WHAT I COVER IN THE BOOK
PARENTING CONFIDENCE What it is and how to get it
YOUR VALUES STATEMENT A manifesto that helps you to be very, very clear about your parenting
THE AAA PARENTING TOOL How to live out your values and address any parenting moment in a way that feels right for you and will help your kids
WELLBEING Tools we all need, and our kids can learn, to be emotionally wise and well
THE GOOD LIFE That bit bigger perspective that helps us to rise above the daily challenges and really love raising our kids
If you really want to be the master of your own parenting destiny, then this is the book for you.
I’M SURE YOUR JOURNEY HAS BEEN VERY ENTHRALLING TOO.
And enlightening. Kids seem to bring that to family life.
But sometimes we need to feel like we’re on really solid ground. We want to feel firm-footed. Sure. At peace with our decisions. The Parent Manifesto offers that.
“For once a book that empowers, encourages and leaves its readers (parents!) feeling positive about their parenting instead of deflated that they can’t live up to all that’s expected of them. Thank you for this book! I’m sure it’s going to make a huge difference to a lot of people!”
“When my child was born I was constantly researching parenting information to be a great mum. But everything I read conflicted, and I felt confused! Reading The Parent Manifesto gave me the confidence to manage the best way I could – my way. I’ve seen massive changes in my child’s behaviour, and my happiness. I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s frustrated with pro-forma parenting approaches that sound great but never quite seem to work.”