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The Real Purpose of Parenting: The Book You Wish Your Parents Read | [Dr. Phillip B Dembo]

The Real Purpose of Parenting: The Book You Wish Your Parents Read

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. Dr. Dembo shows simple family “turn around” strategies that reframe the real purpose of parenting and gives each family, and child, their own salvation.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    elena United States 01-07-13
    elena United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book changed my life and relationships!!"
    Where does The Real Purpose of Parenting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the shortest but also the most profound books on audible!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Real Purpose of Parenting?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.'


    Any additional comments?

    Please write more books Dr. Dembo!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Ohio 09-25-12
    Morgan Ohio 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen for parents"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Ballard texas 10-11-12
    G. Ballard texas 10-11-12

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    "Best parenting book and life book I've ever read"
    If you could sum up The Real Purpose of Parenting in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic. Life changing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How simply understood his message was.


    What does Dr. Phillip B Dembo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads this book, so the flow and heart in the book resonates through his voice.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Real Purpose of Parenting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Barr 04-23-12
    Sandra Barr 04-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Parenting "must read" essential"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Philip United States 03-18-12
    Philip United States 03-18-12
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    "Simply Awesome"
    What did you love best about The Real Purpose of Parenting?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Dr. Phillip B Dembo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Real Purpose Of Parenting
    The Film You Wish Your Parents Saw


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Austin, TX, United States 03-20-14
    Tina Austin, TX, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Could not get into this one"
    Would you try another book from Dr. Phillip B Dembo and/or Dr. Phillip B Dembo?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Dr. Phillip B Dembo’s performance?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Edenvale, South Africa 03-15-14
    Wayne Edenvale, South Africa 03-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A wonderful book"
    Would you listen to The Real Purpose of Parenting again? Why?

    Yes as it has real life examples with helpful insights


    What did you like best about this story?

    The frankness and honesty


    Have you listened to any of Dr. Phillip B Dembo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Children live out their own experiences not our picture of what those experiences should be


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every cent and more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. C. Thailand 01-07-14
    J. C. Thailand 01-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.

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    "Loved it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose E. Mujica Canyon Lake, Texas 11-23-12
    Jose E. Mujica Canyon Lake, Texas 11-23-12
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    "MUST READ/LISTEN AUDIO BOOK FOR FATHERS!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Real Purpose of Parenting the most enjoyable?

    The author relates to the readers with authentic experience and is emotionally one with the reader's concern to succeed as a father.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Delton, MI, United States 11-12-12
    Laura Delton, MI, United States 11-12-12
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    "Lots of good parenting info"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Real Purpose of Parenting to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A great parenting book to shift the way you parent


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could definitely see myself and my children in some of his anecdotes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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