The Real Purpose of Parenting is a series of stories and life lessons from the world of a therapist, known as The Parent Coach. Very well-intentioned, well meaning parents are at the point of crisis with their kids because their own best parenting efforts are NOT producing the children they want them to be. And there, according to Dr. Phil Dembo, lies the problem.
In The Real Purpose of Parenting, even the best parents are capable of smothering the growth of their kid’s life. This can happen because the truth of who the child is, and what the child truly needs is often overlooked or ignored in the agenda that many parents lay out for their kids. Thus...often landing the family in a colossal melt down.
Dr. Dembo shows simple family “turn around” strategies that reframe the real purpose of parenting and gives each family, and child, their own salvation.
©2012 Dr. Phillip B. Dembo (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC
“If only we all could have had Dr. Phil Dembo as our father! His book reads less as a self-help manual and more like insights from a wise elder.” (Vickie Falcone, M.A., author of Buddha Never Raised Kids & Jesus Didn’t Drive Carpool: Seven Principles for Parenting With Soul)
This book is one of the shortest but also the most profound books on audible!
The stories that he tells hit so close to home. The entire book was full of memorable moments. I will not forget any of the hypothetical family characters.
The narration takes a while to get used to. Dr. Dembo has a strong Midwest accent. He does a great job of narrating once you get used to the accent. I'm glad I kept listening!
The story of the family whose oldest son is in law school, the story of the girl who asked for more time with her parents, and the overall concept of a persons identity vs. their family's expectations of them were all very moving. They helped me understand, as a 26 yr old, why I felt so lost and unhappy, and how to confront those feelings without 'going underground.'
Please write more books Dr. Dembo!!!!!!!!!!!
Great to get another perspective. Stick with the book - once he got into the examples in chapter 6 it started coming together better for me. We started writing our family constitution and my 4 and 5 year old are really enjoying it. I've always valued being up front with expectations and consequences so this book helped me recharge.
Yes as it has real life examples with helpful insights
The frankness and honesty
Children live out their own experiences not our picture of what those experiences should be
Worth every cent and more
I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.
This book will change your life. It explains how parents want children to be the same as them, held up to their standards. But it's much more than that. It's a whole different way of looking at the world. It changed my world view. This book is a must read. Not only that, the author is entertaining and tells about case studies which really livens up the book. It's excellent.
Fantastic. Life changing.
How simply understood his message was.
He reads this book, so the flow and heart in the book resonates through his voice.
I am currently putting into practice what I learned from Dr. Dembo with my nephew who is being raised by my parents. I also have a little girl and don't want to parent how my parents' parented. Understanding the dynamics of family struggles and clarifying the pitfalls we go through will help guide me to respond and not react.
Dr. Dembo is absolutely amazing!!!! I wish I had known him when I was younger. I wish my parents had known him. The world will be a much better place with this book.
This is wonderfully written, easily understood and very logical. If you are a parent of a challenging teenager, this is a great reference for motivation and consequences.
The author relates to the readers with authentic experience and is emotionally one with the reader's concern to succeed as a father.
The book made me reflect and think on my personal parenting choices and how they affect my children long term. It made me confront the reality of parenting, the seriousness of its effect on another human being (my kids), and helped me to realistically assess my overall parenting/leadership/role-model/coaching skills.
this book will convince and convict you to try harder to love, forgive, be patient, be a coach, be a leader, be a motivator, be a good listener, and be understanding to your children.
The concepts and philosophy are so important for every parent and every child. Hearing it from the authors own voice made it that much more powerful. Simply an awesome experience!
There were so many stories in this book that are relevant to life and families today. I found myself having trouble turning off the audio.
To my knowledge, this is his first performance and I felt he was just wonderful. His passion could be felt in every word he spoke.
The Real Purpose Of Parenting
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I would try another book if it had a different narrator - I simply could not listen to the author's voice for any length of time - I couldn't lose myself in the words that way I can with most books. It felt like the author/narrator was simply reading and not talking or living the information. It's cold and dry, like a lecture that no one will really be able to connect with.
I hate to be harsh, but some faces are meant for radio and some authors were never meant to be orators. This is the case with Dr. Dembo - sorry, dude!
I prefer audio for non-fiction because I have a harder time getting through them in print version. This book, however, had lots of stories woven in, so it probably would have been good both ways. There was one chapter that was a little heavy that I think was much easier to get through being on audio.
A great parenting book to shift the way you parent
I personally just didn't care for the narrator's voice. I usually am happy when the narrator is the author, but this time it made it a little hard to listen to.
I could definitely see myself and my children in some of his anecdotes.
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