Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Parenting with Self-Awareness

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Parenting with Self-Awareness

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Parenting With Self-Awareness IT TAKES A CHILD TO RAISE A PARENT: stories of evolving Child and Parent Development By J. C. Johnston 2013, Rowman & Littlefield

REVIEW BY TERESA MOERY & KERRI CLOPTON

Dr. Janis Clark Johnston's book is aimed at helping parents develop their skills in parenting and in relating to their children. Instead of focusing on child development and specific parenting skills, the book focuses on self-awareness and relationship building. More specifically, the book explores the impact of one's own childhood on parenting and daily interactions with one's children. The book is separated into three sections. The first section explains five basic daily needs all people share along with the importance of considering the influence of our past experiences on one's current thoughts and behaviors. The five needs addressed in the book are energy, discipline, creativity, belonging, and ability. Section two gives in-depth details about each of the five needs. Johnston provides several examples of parents and children struggling to meet each need and tips for how to remedy problems of unmet needs. The last section in the book focuses on self-reflection. It walks the reader through a specific selfreflection process and details the purpose of fully understanding yourself in order to best raise the next generation.

The two reviewers had different opinions about the book. Both agreed that the reading level of the book might be high for some parents. One reviewer (Teresa) felt section two was the most accessible part of the book because the material was illustrated using short stories. Both reviewers agreed that the information in section three would have been more beneficial earlier in the book, as it provides a greater foundation for the examples explored in section two.

The first reviewer (Teresa) felt that the content of the book was very good. …

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