Easy Parenting is about meeting the challenges that parents face in raising their children to become well-balanced adults. ‘Our original sources for the book were other parents. Over the years we have collected as much information as possible from people who were raising or had raised their children successfully’ (from the Introduction). The authors, Ken and Elizabeth Mellor, have spent the past thirty years working with families. The concepts they teach are simple and fundamental, such as:
Our families are little communities in which children learn how to live in the wider world
We, as parents, are really on a twenty-one-year journey with our children as we raise them to be responsible and happy adults
Achieving a balance between our work and our family life is critical
We can learn a lot about the challenges we face in parenting by considering our own childhood experience of families
Families can get stuck in unhelpful patterns – but we can change these
Parents need to model the behaviour they want to see from their children.
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