Parenting Without Fear: Letting Go of Worry and Focusing on What Really Matters

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Macmillan, Aug 7, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 305 pages

"Dr. Donahue's calm, reasoned approach will help moms and dads sort out their concerns so they can stop worrying about the future and enjoy their rapidly changing kids — now."

--Thomas. W. Phelan, author, 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children

The ‘perfect parenting' expectations imposed on you by the media, society, your family, and your community can seem impossible to live up to and only make you more fearful and anxious. Paul Donahue, Ph.D. has uncovered the six most common fears that prevent you from being the effective, loving, and successful parent you want to be:

-The Fear of Letting Go

-The Fear of Not Doing Enough

-The Fear of Taking Charge

-The Fear of Slowing Down

-The Fear of Unstructured Time

-The Fear of Falling Behind

Parenting Without Fear gives you the tools to confront your fears, rethink your goals and teach your children how to be independent, to persevere, to cooperate and respect adults, to be mindful, to imagine and explore their world, and to develop compassion for others. Discover how to gain the confidence to trust your own judgment, and the courage to make choices about your children's academic, social and athletic lives that reflect your family's values and balance your needs with theirs.

"Dr. Donahue has masterfully identifies the key fears faced by many parents as they confront the challenges of raising children in today's world and he does so with warmth, humor, and empathy. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for parents."

--Robert Brooks, Ph.D., co-author, Raising Resilient Children and The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence and Personal Strength in Your Life

"This book provides welcome reassurance to parents who worry they are not doing everything they can for their kids."

--Nancy Samalin, M.S., author of Loving without Spoiling and 100 Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids

 

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Contents

Thriving Adults Fearful Parents
3
What Are We So Worried About?
19
Endurance
36
part
61
Perseverance
87
Cooperation
116
Mindfulness
146
Exploration
177
Compassion
207
Family Time
241
A Brave New Town Finding Neighborhoods
260
The Zen of Parenting
278
NOTES
289
INDEX
297
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Paul J. Donahue, Ph.D, a nationally-recognized clinical psychologist, is the founder and director of Child Development Associates in Scarsdale, New York, a practice specializing in young children and their families.

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