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Permission to Parent: How to Raise your Child with Love and Limits
by Robin Berman, MD
As a parent, it is constantly on my mind that my babies will become kids, then tweens, then teens, and not long after that they’ll be off into the world. I know it will happen quicker than I would like and I often feel this huge weight of wanting to raise good people.
I know that we have this huge responsibility and opportunity to raise people who care, can think for themselves, have strong values and can make good decisions (most of the time). In the society we live in, it’s easy to struggle with setting boundaries, holding your kids accountable, and remaining consistent.
Permission to Parent really highlights the importance of boundaries and staying a parent versus being a friend to your kids. The book discusses how many of us have become child-pleasers, giving our kids what they want rather than what they need. Important topics such as boundaries, feeling connected and providing an environment of mutual respect are covered in the book. Through relatable stories and practical advice, this book is a must-read for parents. Read more about setting limits here and here.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have all of the answers. I love books like this one because it shares actionable ideas in easy-to-understand ways. This is a book I’ll definitely be referencing again and again as time goes on.