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Discover the parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world - and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, succesful kids year after year? This upbeat and practical guide reveals the habits of the happiest families on earth. With illuminating examples and simple yet powerful advice, the authors present six essential principles, which spell out P-A-R-E-N-T:

Play is essential for development and well-being. Authenticity fosters trust and an "inner compass". Reframing helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side. Empathy allows us to act with kindness toward others. No ultimatums means no power struggles, lines in the sand, or resentment. Togetherness is a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and every day. The Danes call this hygge, and it's a simple yet meaningful way to foster a close bond.

A revealing and fresh take on cross-cultural parenting advice, The Danish Way of Parenting will help parents from all walks of life raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world.

©2016 Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Sandahl (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Positive and uplifting parenting book

This book was encouraging and positive. Sometimes parenting books can leave us feeling like we are failing. The Danish Way of Parenting is encouraging and simple and full of good ideas to live more peacefully with your tribe.

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  • Jolene
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  • 11-18-16

Wow what an awesome way to go about parenting

loved it what a great concept to parent with realistic optimism.
it was a quick easy listen with a great narrative

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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changed my way of thinking not just how I parent

this really had an impact on how I thought about things and the way I spoke and listening to it kind of refrain from the way but I deal with things not only with my child but with myself

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Changed My Broken Approach to Parenting

I grew up in a home that was very authoritarian meaning it’s my way or the highway. It wasn’t OK to disagree and it wasn’t OK to experience emotions. I also grew up being spanked with a wooden spoon. Does that sound normal?

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great book

I loved it. this book helped me to relax, in moments of parenting stress. I recommend it to everyone and as myself it's a must to read again book for members of stress.

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Delightful and refreshing!

Loved it. Great advise for parenting that works well for grandparents too. Highly recommend it.

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Fascinating read

Great to get a perspective from such a great culture about on so many important aspects pertaining to parenthood and to fulfilling life in general.

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Obvious parenting tips unrelated to Danes

Do you think it's a bad idea to label your kid, "lazy?" Do you thinking having empathy is a good thing? Congratulations! You already have the level of info that's in this book. Close to nothing in this book has anything to do with Danish culture- it's all run of the mill, common sense (read: obvious) advice.

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Absolutely Necessary Listening For Parents

This book has changed not only my life, by the lives of my husband and two small sons. After listening to this book, I actually purchased a hard copy so I could go back and reflect on some of the more amazing passages. The concepts are simple enough that you can start implementing them right away, and the feedback I'm getting from my kids is overwhelmingly positive (although they don't know that I'm doing anything much differently). I can't recommend this book enough!

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Change your parenting style and your life

I feel that, like many Americans, I struggle with happiness. I'm always striving for more and certainly picked up this trait from my own father. When my son was born, I was worried about passing this ideology on to him. I've read quite a few books about early childhood brain development, parent strategies, and societal effects on children in the past few years, but The Danish Way of Parenting has been one of my favorite quick reads. Parents should definitely take the time to reach this book. The principles found within should not only improve your familial relationships but your own life.