Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your CoolScreamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I devoured this book. It was easy to read with a quick flow. At first glance I though this book was going to be full of finger pointing, and ways to help become screamfree. But this book surprised me. It lays out a background of why some parents are emotionally reactive to their children and how they themselves can learn to calm their own anxiety. How parents are responsible to their children and not for. I know that sounds crazy but once you read this book it makes sense. It taught some techniques on how to calm the parents anxiety and how to set boundaries and limits without stifling the child’s personality, space, and self discovery. After all, they are their own person. They just need help along the way. So if you are in a mood for a self improvement book on parenting, then this is a good book to pick up.

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Book Summary:
You Can Start a Revolution in Your Family . . . Tonight ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior . . . for their benefit. Our biggest enemy as parents is not the TV, the Internet, or even drugs. Our biggest enemy is our own emotional reactivity. When we say we “lost it” with our kids, the “it” in that sentence is our own adulthood. And then we wonder why our kids have so little respect for us, why our kids seem to have all the power in the family. It’s time to do it differently. And you can. You can start to create and enjoy the types of calm, mutually respectful, and loving relationships with your kids that you’ve always craved. You can begin to revolutionize your family, starting tonight. Parenting is not about kids, it’s about parents. If you’re not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what.

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