The Parenting Toolkit
Simple Steps to Happy and Confident Children
Parenting is often seen as a skill that is instinctive and doesn’t need to be learned. However, many parents and guardians can benefit enormously from learning child-sensitive techniques that help them reflect on their parenting.
The Parenting Toolkit is a unique and valuable resource for parents and guardians who want to give their children the best possible start in life. It is especially relevant today, when families are under so much social pressure. Caroline Penney draws on her years of experience of facilitating parenting groups and working as a family therapist to present the techniques clearly. She explains how to help your children become confident, capable, caring, and able to reach their full potential, as well as offering advice on how to ensure that you are getting all the self-care that you need to be a good parent.
Illustrated throughout with warm and witty illustration by Kate Hajducka.
“[The Parenting Toolkit] uses the secrets that family therapists know to get underneath problems and unlock what is causing them.... In clear, simple, and friendly language, she helps you understand, and overcome, these hurdles.”
—Steve Biddulph, Australian author, activist, and psychologist
“An out-of-the-ordinary parenting book that combines practical know-how with deep psychological knowledge. Writing with a deceptive lightness of touch, Caroline Penney helps us to understand the reasons why both parents and children behave as they do. A very welcome book.”
—Dr. Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters
“Surviving family life is a big challenge, yet good-enough parenting can go a long way to refuting poet Philip Larkin’s infamous claim that mum and and ‘f*** up’ their children. This splendid new book will greatly assist parents in negotiating the parenting minefield successfully, helping them to raise emotionally balanced, happy children.”
—Oliver James, psychologist, psychotherapist, and writer