The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

By Philippa Perry,

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From the UK's favourite therapist, as seen on Channel 4's Grayson's Art Club.

'A wonderful book' Richard Osman

'So clear and true ... Helpful for all relationships in life' Nigella Lawson

'A fascinating read on the emotional baggage we all carry' Elizabeth Day


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This book explores the bigger picture of a child’s well-being by examining the two ingredients of emotional intelligence: intrapersonal awareness (understanding yourself) and interpersonal awareness (understanding others). Parry doesn’t give the reader a set of strict techniques and rules to follow. Instead, it is more of a philosophy to develop a child’s emotional resilience by making them feel safe and valued. My main takeaways from the book were to be more present with my child, to question my own behaviour and reactions to her behaviours, to create a loving environment where my child’s feelings (no matter how trivial they may…

From Nigel's list on parenting from a dog behaviourist.

Another guest on my podcast, psychotherapist Philippa Perry looks at how the sort of parenting you received influences the sort of parent you will be. She likens it to being a link in a chain and she explains how to be a different shape and not repeat your mother or father’s mistakes. She will help you understand your children’s feelings and managing them in a way that is both accepting and shows how to fit into the wider world. The bonus is that Philippa is often really funny.

From Andrew's list on raising emotionally rounded children.

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