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When a child is hurting, it can be the most painful challenge a parent will face. With compassion and perspective, Dr. Brad Reedy offers hope and wisdom for children who struggle and the parents who love them. The Journey of the Heroic Parent will take you on a journey to a happier, healthier relationship with your struggling child - and yourself. Through lessons learned, mother, father, and child will achieve greater understanding, love, and humanity - no matter what the outcome.

Every day parents face heartbreaking situations. Raising a child struggling with mental health issues, addictions, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders or just the normal angst associated with growing up can be frightening and confusing.

When all you've done is not enough, when your child seems lost and you feel inept and impotent, Dr. Reedy can help you take the necessary steps to find your child, not with cursory cures or snappy solutions, but rather by effecting positive change in your own behavior.

On your journey, you will confront, reevaluate, and grow confident in your beliefs as a parent. You will learn how to lovingly and effectively communicate your intentions to your child.

Reedy's process will teach you how to find peace and security in your skills as a parent, and help you get comfortable exactly where you are. Even if you've made mistakes, even if you think you've failed, you still have the power to be a great parent.

Healthy parenting leads to a healthy life for your whole family, and The Journey of the Heroic Parent will be your guide as you walk the path to hope.

©2015 Brad M. Reedy, Ph.D. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Loved it! Will read over again and again!

I found this book to be just what I needed! Full of helpful stories and gentle reminders to be more authentic and interested in self-care. Sharing helpful ways to hold boundaries with people around us so we can prioritize our self-care. The author was vulnerable in sharing from his life, and emphasized the importance of taking care of ourselves and our wounded pasts. Letting go of the idea of controlling those around us. Another concept I liked was parenting our children with their needs in mind instead of our own. Brilliant. Will have to read again and again.

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Very helpful on a variety of levels.

Behavior issues, addiction issues, alternative educational settings, therapy, this book has it all. The message though is help to handle it all in the most beneficial way. When we realize what we as parents have control over- our boundaries- our kids learn to take ownership for their problems. They do the work to fix the problems instead of us as parents. That never works anyway. I am not only purchasing this book to highlight, I am starting it again from the beginning on Audible. My sister and I also plan to go through it together. Between us, our kids range in age from 18 - 28.

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Brilliant, life-changing!!

A must read for all parents, whether they have struggling children or not. So grateful for the hard questions asked and the hope given throughout this book. Not sure I would have mustered the courage to send my child to Wilderness Therapy and maintain a healthy state of mind at the same time.

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a must read for all parents!

I think every parent should read this book, not just those struggling with at risk yourh.

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Best parenting book!

I cannot say enough about how much I value the insight into myself and the parenting journey presented in this book! A must read and re-read!

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Who's problem is it anyway?

What a fabulous book as a follow up to Anatomy Of Pease. l don't know if l could ever listen to a more intriguing and impactful story than that of Lou's story of redemption. But The Journey of the Heroic Parent is excellent too with a similar theme and message. It too is one of those books that I will listen to again. Amazingly good.

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Every parent should read this

Amazing book with thoughtful questions, examples and advice. Brilliant in that he guides you to your own answers and principles instead of telling you an answer. An honest look at there being NO specific universal answers when it comes to parenting

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Must read

This book is such a great resource filled with wisdom for all parents and all relationships.

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The parenting book that's changing my life

So many parenting books offer "the" solution. If we just gave more/fewer/different consequences or more/less structure or more/less (fill in the blank) -- if we just did that one thing, then our kid would respond.

This book is different. Disturbingly so, for me, at least at the beginning. The author's view is that only the parent can decide what's right for their kid. We can listen to experts, we can pick up communication skills, but no expert truly knows our kid like we do. At the same time, we need to accept that we have no control over our kids' outcomes. We turned out okay despite the mistakes our parents surely made.

Our job as parents is to first heal ourselves (put your oxygen mask on before assisting others). Then authentically engage with our kids. The idea is scary for any parent of a very troubled kid. The experts can offer pearls of wisdom. But it's only us -- as ill-equipped and untrained as we are -- it's only us as parents who can guide our kids.

I especially appreciate the author's humility. He is a therapist, the owner of a well-regarded wilderness therapy program, a dad and a husband. And he candidly describes the mistakes he's made as a dad and husband along his parenting journey.

This is the single most helpful parenting book I've ever read. I hope it touches you, too.

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Life changing! And I don’t use the phrase lightly !
Perspective expanding ....
Not just a parenting book. It caused me to look inside at myself and it had a nurturing feeling alongside educational and informative.
I can easily say it’s the best book I have listened to in a long time . I will be recommending to all my friends, and I feel it’s content is valuable to even non- parents. As it is a book about oneself as an adult and interpersonal relationships, as much as it is about parenting.
The narrator’s voice is effective, and he did a great job .
I had previously listened to the author, Brad Reedy, on his podcast, I was used to hearing his voice, so it took a few minutes to make the shift.
I’m considering purchasing the hard copy book to have as reference, or to share also .
Great book!

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Excellent book.

This book is not just about becoming a better parent but a better person. I genuinely loved it and would highly recommend it.