Positive Parenting Fitness: A Total Approach to Caring for the Physical and Emotional Needs of Your New Family

Article excerpt

Positive Parenting Fitness: A Total Approach to Caring for the Physical and Emotional Needs of Your New Family by Sylvia Klein Olkin,(Avery, 1992) 328 pgs. softcover, $12.95 Order by calling: 1-800-433-5523. (USA & Canada)

The post-partum period has been somewhat neglected in our post-modern culture-with childbirth education and obstetrics more focused on the big event, birth, there exists a real need for after birth education for new parents. More often than not, young parents are away from extended family and on their own. Without grandparents living in the home, where can new parents tap into a wisdom tradition that serves the psychological needs of the changing family?

Sylvia Klein Olkin gives us A Total Approach to Caring for the Physical and Emotional Needs of Your New Family in her latest book. The author of Positive Parenting Fitness has brought her holistic perspective to this new book to enrich the early days and months of the new one's life.

The relevance for pre- and peri-natal psychologists is that here, in one title, exists a rare and immense resource that balances the needs of new parents and babies with psychological awareness. The distilled compassion is almost palpable, without sentimentality. Too often a book will lean more toward filling the emotional needs of baby-or the physical needs-and with a decided prejudice toward the parents' comfort first as they fulfill their nurturing function. Positive Parenting Fitness is a balanced book that has the whole relationship in mind, and is therefore, a healing and holy work.

People meeting the author's grown children often ask her, "How did you raise such remarkable individuals? …