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January 24, 2012

Book Review:Liberated Parents/Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

If you were to read one book by these authors, I would say to read "How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" but that being said, this book is also good. It motivates you to be a more attentive parent, so that's good. This is the one to get from the library and read it and become enthusiastic to try out the methods. "How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk" is the book that you should have on your bookshelf.

This book was really good though, don't get me wrong. The authors speak from their experience of being in a parenting group and it truly shows the human side of parenting--failures and all.

It is a little dated in some ways but overall, the stories can be applied to today's kids just as much as they could be applied years ago.

The language that is used is a great way to parent and teaches many of the same skills in the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk book but it presents these in anecdotal ways. The anecdotes that I loved the most are the ones where the narrator when into a situation with good intentions then at some point the conversation with her children/partner went terribly wrong. It really presents a very human side to parenting. It manages parenting expectations--perhaps because it was written before parents were trying so hard to be perfect.

Great book. Highly recommend that you get it from the library--it will motivate you and help you to adopt new techniques and language, which is never a bad thing.


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