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In this often hilarious and consistently stirring performance, comedian, actor and all-around celebrity Jamie Foxx dishes on his toughest role: being a father. Throughout Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me (6 hours), Foxx brings honesty and heart to touching stories about his childhood—growing up with an absent mother and being raised by a loving and unyielding grandmother—and shows how these experiences guided him when he became a parent. Foxx's impersonations of family members are dynamic and animated, as are his exasperated (and sometimes expletive-filled) responses to the trials and tribulations of parenthood. 

In an equally candid and heartwarming foreword, Foxx's eldest daughter, Corinne, affirms that, despite some unconventional parenting, her father always showed up for her and her sister, and always conveyed his love for his family. Throughout his rise to fame, Foxx's continual efforts to stay grounded and live by the values instilled in him by his grandmother shine through in the raising of his daughters. 

This inspiring, raucous and entertaining listening experience brims with attitude and positivity about embracing parenthood and the ups and downs of life. 

In this often hilarious and consistently stirring performance, comedian, actor and all-around celebrity Jamie Foxx dishes on his toughest role: being a father.

Parenting ideals are constantly evolving. These excellent, up-to-date guides provide strategies for communicating with your kids in ways that will resonate today.

Bringing Up Race

"We need to talk to our children about race long before they start making up their own stories," writes Uju Asika, author and mother of two boys. "We need to tell them before the world whispers too many lies in their ears." Asika is a Black Nigerian woman who grew up in Great Britain and has also lived in the United States. As a girl, people occasionally called her racial slurs. Her older sister was once tied to a chair at age 6 and verbally abused by other kids for being Black. "I'm no stranger to prejudice," Asika writes.

For years, Asika has written a popular parenting blog called "Babes About Town," which focuses on fun family outings in London. Now she's the author of Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World, which tackles that all-important question, "How do you bring up your kids to be cool, kind, and happy when there is so much out there trying to break them down?" It's an extremely informative and enjoyable read, thanks to Asika's wise but never preachy style and her inclusion of stories from her family and many others. She also shares the opinions of various specialists and closes each chapter with "Talking Points," Q&A-style examples that tackle real-life scenarios that might come up for kids of any race, such as, "If my child is curious about someone's family background, how can they ask without appearing rude or racist?" or, "I want my kids to go to the best schools, but I'm worried about them being in a monocultural environment and picking up values that don't suit us as a family."

Reading this book feels like having a stirring, in-depth conversation with an affable expert on this vital topic. As Asika concludes, "There's nothing more urgent than bringing up our kids to think globally, fairly, and with empathy for their fellow humans. We need to be responsible for raising a generation of people who are more open, more tolerant, less afraid."

Dear Highlights

In 2014, an 8-year-old boy wrote to Highlights magazine to say, "I'm a romance kind of guy, but my friends HATE it. Can you help?" Since its founding in 1946, the magazine's editors have personally responded to this and every piece of mail a child has sent, whether it's a letter, poem or drawing. In fact, one young reader wrote regularly over the course of 10 years, beginning at age 7, sometimes with daily emails. All told, the editors sent him more than 200 replies, admitting, "He started to feel a little like family, and today the staff often wonders aloud how he is doing."

In 1979, the magazine started drawing on this wellspring of letters, publishing a monthly "Dear Highlights" advice column filled with questions and concerns on all sorts of topics, including Santa, siblings, friendship, parents, sexuality, identity, body image, illness and death. Now the editors have compiled selections from their correspondence treasure trove in Dear Highlights: What Adults Can Learn From 75 Years of Letters and Conversations With Kids, edited by Highlights editor-in-chief Christine French Cully.

Although names have been changed for privacy reasons, ages and dates are included with all the letters. Chapters are organized by kids' primary concerns, such as families, school and societal issues and events. Often, facsimiles of the original letters are shown, in the children's real handwriting, alongside a multitude of other particularly wonderful drawings and poems. The historical references are intriguing as well, as children have asked questions about the Kennedy and King assassinations, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Challenger disaster, COVID-19 and more. Both kids and adults will find it easy to get lost in this lively, unique and fascinating book.

How to Talk When Kids Won't Listen

"The more you ask me to do something, the less I want to do it." I repeatedly heard this statement from my three children, and we all stalked away feeling frustrated. I definitely needed a copy of How to Talk When Kids Won't Listen: Whining, Fighting, Meltdowns, Defiance, and Other Challenges of Childhood. Part of the bestselling "How to Talk" series, this book is yet another winner.

Authors Joanna Faber and Julie King explain that when we try to calm kids down by minimizing their troubles, they end up feeling worse. Straight-shooting words of wisdom are laced with cartoons and helpful humor, such as the insightful quip, "When you're upset your new shoes were stolen at the gym, that's not the moment you want your friend to remind you to be grateful you have feet." Faber and King tackle everything from homework hassles, sibling battles and screen time to sex and divorce concerns. Chapters end with fun quizzes designed to reinforce the strategies discussed, as well as key takeaways with scripts. For example, if you want a child to help out around the house, offer them a choice instead of telling them what to do: "Do you want to put away the leftovers or load the dishwasher?"

How to Talk When Kids Won't Listen is an essential guide that's easy to dip into as needed. As Faber and King write, "If we want kids to grow up to be independent thinkers and responsible problem-solvers who can consider the perspectives of others, we have to consider their perspective and give them practice making decisions, taking responsibility, and solving problems."

The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure

When it comes to raising successful children, parents typically ask the wrong question, according to psychologists Chris Thurber and Hendrie Weisinger. Instead of asking how much pressure they should apply, parents need to reframe the question: What are the healthiest ways to push our children? Using a variety of case studies, these authors offer parents effective strategies to do just that in The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self.

Thurber is a psychologist at the renowned Phillips Exeter Academy, and Weisinger has worked with plenty of Fortune 500 executives and is the author of numerous books, including Performing Under Pressure. They point out the necessity of praising a child for doing their best rather than feeling disappointed that a certain goal wasn't achieved, such as a first-place trophy or an A+. They also outline the differences between healthy and harmful pressure and explain that one key to success is helping kids not to choke at important moments, while offering tips on exactly how to achieve this goal.

Whether you're concerned about your child's grades, athletics, music lessons or social life, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure is likely to be a transformative guide.

These four books will teach parents how to have sensitive conversations with their kids—in ways that ensure their kids actually listen.

Sarah Sentilles was accustomed to letting her husband, Eric, decide most things: what to eat, where to live, why bringing a child into this beleaguered world was a bad idea. This suited her, until Sarah interrogated her own desires and realized she wanted a baby. They decided to become foster parents, hoping for a baby who was available for adoption. Not far into her heart-searing memoir, Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours, the complications begin.

After weeks of classes, interviews and home inspections, the call comes late one night: Can they take a toddler, found alone in a house not far from theirs? They want an infant, they remind the social worker. As hard as it is, they say no. More calls come in the following weeks, more desperate children they have to turn away as they hold out for a baby. Finally, Coco arrives, three days old.


ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Sarah Sentilles shares the 11 things that drive her writing craft.


Coco’s troubled mother, Evelyn (a pseudonym), has three other children, and she wants Coco back. She considers Sarah and Eric enemies, and they see her as a threat. While reunification with the biological parent is the stated goal of the state, the courts and social workers, these foster parents hope it will never happen. Evelyn’s progress toward stability and sobriety is slow, hampered by poverty and a lack of resources. As Coco grows and thrives, so does the love of her foster family. A collision seems inevitable. Sentilles wonders, “Which of us is the debris?”

If Stranger Care were merely a horrific indictment of the foster care system, it would be a hard read to endure. But there are deeper lessons here, as Sentilles navigates an intractable system managed by overwhelmed, all-too-human souls. Along the way, the ever expanding love between Sarah, Eric and tiny Coco redeems every page, amplified by the fragile bond growing between Sarah and Evelyn. Both mothers discover their common ground, and they learn to share it.

With a sharp eye for the details that fill their days with joy, counterweighted by the sorrows that bring the couple to their knees, Sentilles uses the sheer power of her writing to lift their story above the failures of flawed adults and to remind us of the human heart’s limitless capacity for hope.

Sarah Sentilles lifts her story of foster parenthood above the failures of flawed adults and reminds us of the limitless hopes of the human heart.

In Sarah Sentilles’ memoir Stranger Care, she writes beautifully about risking love, vulnerability and loss by becoming a foster parent. With the same care and attention, she shares how to tend your creativity and help it feel safe enough to flourish.


1. Set an intention

Before I begin a new writing project, I set an intention. My intention for Stranger Care was to write a love letter to our foster daughter, Coco, that would mother her when I’m no longer allowed to. I wanted to write a book that would help create a world where she’ll be safe and loved, no matter where she lands. Whenever I got scared while writing, whenever I wondered, What am I doing? What difference does it make?, I returned to my intention. And it grounded me, kept me going.

I learned this practice from my friend and teacher Juliana Jones-Munson. The intention should be personal and healing, she told me, not external or dependent on other people. Your intention should remind you why you write, and it should be powerful enough that everything else—what critics say, whether you sell it—pales in comparison.

2. Welcome first thoughts

During a writing workshop I took with Nick Flynn through Tin House, Nick had us do timed, constraint-based writing exercises by hand. This helped me learn to welcome first thoughts, my initial ideas, and helped me practice trusting myself. I took another workshop with Carolyn Forché, who was Nick’s teacher, too, and in that workshop at the Hedgebrook writing retreat center, she taught me to embrace generative writing.

Before that, I was an incessant reviser. I’d get stuck on the first paragraph or the first few pages of my manuscript, and every day I sat down to write, I would rework those. But Carolyn said, “Don’t revise. Don’t go back. Go forward.” She told me to write for three hours a day, to write whatever came to my mind. It didn’t matter. Just keep writing. And her directions unleashed a torrent of words.

Now when I start a new project, I write for three hours every day, for weeks and weeks and weeks. Only after that kind of generative writing do I begin to understand what I might be working on. And only then do my ideas begin to trust me to write them. Only then do they show themselves. I picture my ideas huddled in a cave in the back of my mind, and they send out scouts to see what will happen. “Let’s see how she treats this idea,” they whisper to one another, and then they push one forward. “Will she bludgeon it? Call it stupid? Think it’s garbage? Or will she write it down, put it on the page, tend it?” Your creativity is watching how you treat your ideas. It will only send more when it seems safe.


ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our starred review of Stranger Care.


3. Be a magpie

When you’re working on something, whether it’s a memoir or a novel or a painting, act like a magpie and collect everything that shines. Or, to use another bird metaphor, be a bowerbird. Collect whatever helps you build a structure that will draw some future reader to you. In The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp calls this “scratching.” She writes, “I’m digging through everything to find something. It’s like clawing at the side of the mountain to get a toehold, a grip, some sort of traction to keep moving upward and onward.”

Write down the lyric you can’t get out of your head. Take notes about the story you heard on the radio that you can’t stop thinking about. Collect the poems that make you cry. Everything is connected to what you’re working on, even if it seems unconnected. If you find yourself drawn to an article about whale song, write about it. If you keep thinking about the fact that birds are dinosaurs, write about it. One writer I work with told me her story was getting cramped, as if her writing room were shrinking, but when she gave herself permission to invite other ideas into her writing—how clouds form, the history of rice, how a bud knows when to bloom—she felt like she’d opened a window and let the world in.  

4. Writing is the remedy

My saboteur, the voice that tries to stop me from writing, is a wily shape-shifter. My saboteur will say anything to keep me away from the page—that I’m a fraud, that people will hate me if I write this book or that essay, that I’m wasting my time, that my ideas are boring and derivative. I’m writing fiction now, so my saboteur sounds different than she does when I’m writing nonfiction. She’s taking a new approach, insisting the plot idea I have is too dramatic, over the top, dumb. You don’t know what you’re doing, she says to me every morning when I sit down to write. Who do you think you are? But as soon as I recognize that voice for what it is, her power evaporates. As soon as I start to write, she’s gone. And the more regular my writing practice is, the quieter that sabotaging voice is. Not writing gives my saboteur an opening, but all I need to do to close that door is touch the page. 

“Your creativity is watching how you treat your ideas. It will only send more when it seems safe.”

5. You don’t know what you’re writing until you have a draft

You can’t know what’s garbage and what’s gold until you’ve written your way through a draft. You can’t know what belongs in a project and what doesn’t in the beginning either, because you don’t know what you’re writing yet. Be patient. Hold your story loosely. Wait for it to show you what it wants to be. Listen. Write down all your ideas. Save everything, all your strange little fragments and scenes. Editing won’t happen until later.

So many of my writing clients say they aren’t sure what they’re writing yet, but can I help them find an agent? This, too, is putting the cart before the horse. How can you find the right agent for your book if it isn’t written yet? For me, the goal is to write the best possible book you can write and then assemble the team that understands what you’re trying to do and can help you do it better. I’ve worked with so many people who sold a book proposal for one kind of book only to realize they were actually writing a very different book. They weren’t writing a commercial self-help book at all; they were writing an intimate memoir about their childhood. They weren’t writing a memoir; they were writing a page turner of a thriller. But they’re stuck with a team who wants the book they proposed, not this other thing that their art has become. Let your art lead the way. Wait for it. The timing will be right and perfect.

6. Keep your writing to yourself

When I first started writing, I wanted to show everyone every new thing I wrote, like right away. I’d write a paragraph and show it to someone, anyone, to see what they liked and what they hated. But now I don’t show anyone what I’m writing until I’ve taken it as far as I can on my own, which sometimes means I don’t show anyone my writing for years. And then, when I think it might be ready, I show my agent, Molly Friedrich. And that’s pretty much it until we think the book is ready to be sold.

At its heart, writing means learning to listen for your voice—or for the voice that wants to come through you. That voice is hard to hear when you’re letting other readers and critics chime in all the time. Be monogamous with your writing. Keep it to yourself.

 “Our ideas come from deep within, and they come from the stars. Treat these visitors with love.”

7. Your story chose you

It occurred to me recently that when we worry our story idea isn’t good enough, it’s disrespectful to the idea. Thinking we’re not good enough to write it is also impolite. Our ideas come from deep within, and they come from the stars. Treat these visitors with love. Tend them.

Draw Your Weapons took me 10 years to write, and during one of those years, I complained to a friend, the writer Alice Dark, about how sick I was of working on that project, how ready I was to be done with it. “Sometimes we have to become the person our book needs us to be before we can finish it,” she said. Sometimes that becoming happens fast. Sometimes it takes a long time. But your story idea chose you. (Elizabeth Gilbert writes powerfully about this in Big Magic.) That idea knows you have everything you need to become the writer it needs.

8. Write first thing

I do my best writing in the morning, first thing. I don’t check my email or social media, and I don’t look at the news until I’ve done my writing. Sometimes I “forget” and check my phone when I’m still in bed, and on those days, I might as well put my brain in a barrel and light it on fire.

In Deep Work, Cal Newport makes a compelling argument about the need for undistracted, focused time for thinking and writing and problem-solving. It doesn’t happen when we multitask, or check email, or look at Instagram or Facebook or Twitter or whatever social media platform sucks up your time. I’m addicted to this stuff, and I know it impedes my creativity. When I step away from this never-ending stream of distraction, I can feel my mind reset. I can feel my internal emotional life settle. My thoughts and my time belong to me again.

Writing first thing is also connected to boundary-setting. We tend to think of boundaries as selfish, but really they’re generous. When you close your studio door or say no to an obligation or block out time for your art, you give other people permission to protect their time and space to follow their creative dreams. And if you’re a parent, your boundaries give your children the freedom to set boundaries, too. It shows them they can protect what’s important to them.

9. To turn toward your writing is to turn toward the world—and change it

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy believing that if I pay attention to what’s happening in the world, my attention can somehow make terrible things not happen. But it turns out I don’t have much control over what politicians do. Or corporations. Or governments. Or viruses. Or courts. But I do have control over what I write and dream and imagine. I have control over what kinds of activism and resistance I engage in. And I have control over where I put my energy. I can choose to put my creativity toward the kind of world I want to help bring into being.

So, experiment. Stay away from the news and see what happens when you don’t absorb all that panic and fear. I’m not saying don’t pay attention at all—but I am saying choose a different kind of attention. In A Swim in the Pond in the Rain, George Saunders writes that the aim of art is to ask big questions: 

How are we supposed to be living down here? What were we put here to accomplish? What should we value? What is truth, anyway, and how might we recognize it? How can we feel at peace when some people have everything and others have nothing? How are we supposed to live with joy in a world that seems to want us to love other people but then roughly separates us from them in the end, no matter what?

“It turns out I don’t have much control over what politicians do. . . . But I do have control over what I write and dream and imagine.”

To write well is to care for the world and the beings we share it with. To write well is to learn to live in the world in more just and life-giving ways. Matthew Salesses puts it another way in Craft in the Real World. “Craft is never neutral,” he writes. “Craft is the cure or injury that can be done in our shared world when it isn’t acknowledged that there are different ways that world is felt.” He continues, “Craft is support for a certain worldview. . . . Revision must also be the revision of craft. To be a writer is to wield and be wielded by culture.” Writing is political work.

10. Write through the hard stuff, even while it’s happening

When it became clear that our foster daughter Coco would be reunified with her biological mother, and when we’d have hard days in court or with the social worker or just walking around with our broken hearts, my husband, Eric, would look at me and my puffy eyes and say, “Go write.”

“I can’t,” I’d say.

“Go write,” he’d say again and point to my desk. I’m grateful to him. I’m grateful for those raw pages. I wrote Stranger Care in real time, and working on it brought Coco close, even when she wasn’t. I felt so helpless—I feel helpless still—but I find some agency in arranging words on a page, even when those words are, “She is gone.”

11. Your project is well supported

We don’t write alone. We write for the generations who came before us, and we write for the generations who will follow. One of the women who participated in the WORD CAVE, a four-day virtual writing retreat I offer, told me, “I write because my grandmother couldn’t.” What more powerful reason could there be?

Read our starred review of Stranger Care here.

With care and attention, Sarah Sentilles shares how to tend your creativity and help it feel safe enough to flourish.

As autumn approaches, we're up for the challenge of books that ask a lot from their readers—mentally and emotionally.

Wolf Hall

As a young, impossibly nerdy child, one of my very first obsessions was Tudor England. (Why, yes, I had a lot of friends, why do you ask?) So I thought I'd take to Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel based on the life of Thomas Cromwell, like a duck to water. Reader, I was wrong. Mantel plunges into the 16th century with a gusto that is as impressive as it is disorienting. Can't keep track of all the men named Thomas? Pay closer attention! Unsure about the novel's timeline, as often your only markers are religious holidays mostly unobserved these days? Look them up! But stick with it, and you'll find yourself adjusting to the simmering chaos of Henry VIII's reign and increasingly in awe of Cromwell's ability to navigate this complicated and mercenary world. And by the novel's end, you'll be utterly astonished by Mantel's ability to transport you there.

—Savanna, Associate Editor


The Bluest Eye

I read The Bluest Eye for the first time this spring, as part of an assignment for a class I was taking. What a dissonant reading experience—at once intensely pleasurable and supremely painful. I marveled at Toni Morrison's word-perfect style in every sentence; her ability to find the exact right turn of phrase again and again is nothing short of genius, and the effect is sublime. Without these little bursts of delight at Morrison's writing, it would have been impossible to follow 9-year-old Pecola Breedlove as she navigates self-loathing, rejection, isolation, sexual abuse and delusion in a white supremacist culture. Even with Morrison's voice to guide the way, the temptation to look away was nearly constant. Reading this book will push you to your emotional limit, but, as with all of Morrison's works, the reward for staying the course is transcendence.

—Christy, Associate Editor


Her Body and Other Parties

The opening story of Carmen Maria Machado's debut collection is the key to why this book is such a challenge: A woman with a green ribbon around her neck tells a frightful fairy tale of wifehood and motherhood, and as dread builds, she frequently stops the telling to instruct the reader in ways that supplement the story, from emitting sounds to committing small acts of betrayal and even violence. These demands steadily intensify the relationship between reader and narrator, and the reading experience becomes almost unbearably intimate the more she insists that you know what this fairy tale means. From this opening salvo, we are complicit in all the later stories, each one fantastical and horrifying in its exploration of the cruelties leveraged against women's bodies. There are few books more emotionally demanding. I am undoubtedly changed by it.

—Cat, Deputy Editor


Jellicoe Road

Melina Marchetta's 2009 Michael L. Printz Award winner is not the kind of novel in which you will find explanations of character history, setting and premise carefully integrated into opening scenes, patiently establishing the story's stakes. Instead, the opening third of the book is more like stepping into what you think is the shallow end of a swimming pool, only to find yourself dropping down, down, down, nothing but cold water above you and no sense of which way to swim to regain the surface. Names, places, the past, the present, some kind of conflict all swirl around you like so many chaotic bubbles. Not to be all Finding Nemo about this, but you just have to keep swimming, because if you do, I promise you that Jellicoe Road's payoff is among the most cathartic and stunningly plotted you'll ever encounter. I'm in awe every time I read it.

—Stephanie, Associate Editor


Far From the Tree

Any book that closes in on 1,000 pages poses an obvious challenge, but Andrew Solomon's National Book Award-winning study of parent-child relationships levels up by encouraging readers to examine a well-worn concept in a new light. Solomon spent 10 years interviewing hundreds of families to pull together the case studies featured here, all of which involve children whose identities do not match those of their parents. Inspired by his experience as a gay child of straight parents, Solomon compassionately lays bare the tension between a parent's instinct to encourage children to reach their full potential and a child's need to be accepted for who they are. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity is a celebration of difference, even as it acknowledges the difficulties. It is impossible to finish this book without reconsidering your own family dynamics.

—Trisha, Publisher

As autumn approaches, we’re up for the challenge of books that ask a lot from their readers—mentally and emotionally.

Whether you’re dealing with a cranky kindergartner or a teen with an attitude, parenting isn’t easy. We’ve gathered three parenting titles that provide fresh perspectives on family life.

When the World Feels Like a Scary Place

Abigail Gewirtz’s When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids couldn’t have come at a better moment. From social media drama and the pressure to succeed in school to global threats like COVID-19, kids today have plenty to be stressed about, and many parents feel inadequate when it comes to helping them make sense of it all. In her book, child psychologist and sought-after parenting consultant Gewirtz shows families how to handle difficult topics through upfront discussion and healthy dialogue. 

Gewirtz identifies talking and listening as critical steps that “help kids understand and deal with their intense negative emotions.” Her book equips parents with concrete techniques for broaching sensitive subjects with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. There are hands-on exercises, sample scripts and lists of talking points that can jump-start a family conversation, bring kids’ hidden concerns to the surface and defuse fear. She even offers advice on how to shield youngsters from harmful information and decide what—and how much—they should know.

Parents will appreciate the sample conversations on topics such as climate change, the digital world, social justice and violence. Because what parents say and do has a direct impact on other family members, Gewirtz continually emphasizes the importance of parental accountability in dealing with kids’ emotions and advises readers on how to manage their own responses. Her guide is essential reading for parents who want to prepare their families to face today’s challenges without fear.

You Can't F*ck Up Your Kids

The title says it all: You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting by journalist Lindsay Powers is a frank, funny look at the challenges of child rearing that will give beleaguered moms and dads a boost. A mother of two, Powers wrote the book as a rebuff to the culture of judgment and one-upmanship that so often characterizes contemporary parenting. “In today’s hyper-connected world, parents’ worst fears and neuroses are manipulated by a promise of perfection that’s unreal and unattainable,” she writes. Powers encourages readers to ignore the buzz generated by childcare experts, trendsetters and other parents and simply focus on what feels right for their families.

Powers, who’s been featured on “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show,” is the former editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Parenting and the creator of #NoShameParenting, a viral social media movement that consoles anyone losing sleep over being a less-than-ideal caregiver. Her knack for connection shines through in this book, which is filled with unreserved, open advice on a wide range of domestic matters, including breastfeeding, understanding discipline techniques, making decisions about daycare, navigating mealtimes and compromising on screen usage. Throughout the book, Powers stresses that there is no single secret to raising happy, well-adjusted children. Her key piece of advice to parents is to do what works for you. Readers will be heartened by her unbridled approach to parenting as an imperfect process.

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

Psychotherapist and bestselling author Philippa Perry shares valuable recommendations for readers who are working to create satisfying connections with their kiddos in The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did). From the beginning of this accessible, compassionate book, Perry asks readers to examine their own personal stories. Coming to terms with past experiences and family memories, both painful and pleasurable, enables parents to better understand and nurture the next generation. By identifying inherited models of child rearing that are potentially damaging, parents can free themselves from patterns of dysfunction.

“I am interested in how we can relate to our children rather than how we can manipulate them,” Perry writes. Her book consists of six chapters filled with bite-size passages of wise advice. She addresses parent-child communication, behavior, feelings and ways to create a healthy family environment. She also tackles perennial parental challenges such as children’s sleeping habits, tantrums, lying and caring for a clingy youngster.

Throughout the book, Perry includes productive exercises related to parenting styles, emotional triggers and more. She also provides relatable anecdotes from clients and her own family’s experiences. Readers with tweens and teens will welcome her insights into how to set boundaries and resolve conflicts as kids mature. By taking stock of the past, Perry says, parents can navigate the present and move into the future with confidence. Her holistic style makes this a unique, constructive and inspiring guide.

Whether you’re dealing with a cranky kindergartner or a teen with an attitude, parenting isn’t easy. We’ve gathered three parenting titles that provide fresh perspectives on family life. When the World Feels Like a Scary Place Abigail Gewirtz’s When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids couldn’t have […]

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