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)
First off, the tone and tenor of Dr. Dembo just sounded pedantic to me. Also, I absolutely hated that he so easily categorized a child as "not a student". What does that mean anyways? Every child is a student - everyone is a student... we all have different learning styles. If every child went to see Dr. Dembo, they would turn out to be the VERY antithesis of the children Tiger Moms hope to raise - accepting mediocrity and lacking discipline. I detest what Tiger Mom stands for, but in Dr. Dembo's office, there is no room for those who believe that practice - sometimes grueling, difficult, undesirable, not fun kind -makes perfect.
Not a book on parenting by a self important expert. By the way, if you are a parent, you are as much an expert as any other and THE expert on your child.
Don't condescend to the listener.
I expected to learn something novel or unique from this book, but like a playground mothers group it is didactic and judgemental.
I have and will. So I will remember
His parents trying to make him look like everyone else.
An important book
I loved the real stories the author told in his own voice. It felt so personal, like I was sitting in the same room with Dr. Dembo and he was talking directly to me. I could relate to all of the stories that he told.
Yes, I have heard Dr. Dembo speak before. He is a wonderful speaker. He has a great voice and is enjoyable to listen to.
One thing that I will remember from the book is to respond to my children, not react.
I wish everyone would listen to Dr.Dembo's words. They are very important to all parents and children.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.
I don't like psychology books. I prefer books based in proofs, studies... But this one, simply grabbed my attention from beginning to end. A well written text, with many compelling stories. I had to re-think the real purpose of parenting-- the picture that we imagine of our children is not THEIR objective and we should only coach them in life, not pushing them into that picture until they fit.
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