My experience and Parental feedback tells me that Parents derive great benefit from the insights I share in Oops, The Parenting Handbook. Parents feel empowered, supported and have gained practical applicable insights that help them all throughout their Parenting.
Far from an all-encompassing piece of work, Oops! The Parenting Handbook is, however, a parenting aide, an invitation to learn a collective wisdom-encompassing piece of work.
Oops, The Parenting Handbook – What Kind Of Parenting Styles Are There?
It is here to help you, support you, inspire you, and cut through the huge mass of contradictory advice that is out there in the media today. Oops! contains the essence of all the best parenting practices and methods in the hope that it will reduce parental insecurity. It is for those moments of struggle and despair and confounding times when you ask yourself; what kind of parenting style is right for me? Authoritarian? Permissive? Authoritative? Am I doing things right? How will I keep this up?
Parenting Support Requests are Increasing!
While writing the first edition in 2011–12, research revealed that, in the Netherlands alone, during the first half of the year, the number of requests for parental support increased by 30 percent compared to the previous year. Similar data can be found in most European countries.
Colleagues to whom I have spoken in various education-related fields in the United States tell me it is the same there. In many western European countries, the average waiting time to see a professional trained in child developmental problems is anywhere between four weeks to four months or longer.
Experience shows us that it is highly practical and meaningful to develop awareness about parenting prior to and during the role and duties as a parent. It is of crucial importance to pay attention to these matters. The parents-to-be feel better equipped to fulfill this fantastic and sometimes difficult task.
There is a tremendous amount of pedagogical literature available, ranging from books to various magazines on parenting issues. All this can be informative and entertaining. It is, however, the predominant cause of a great deal of parental confusion on how to be a good parent. Not all sources are online. Because the media keeps updating its databases on research findings and constantly refreshing them, I have based my statements on my professional experience in various international areas of educational psychology gained between 1997 and 2013.
Confusion does not do your parenting any good. Children want and need clarity, consistency, and love. And clarity is related to boundaries, rules, self-confidence, and an absence of doubt. If anything goes wrong, the label problem children, problem youth, problem families is quickly tagged on. The term problem families is offensive and derogatory. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a problem child or family. There are only children, teenagers, or families going through difficult periods.
My experience and Parental feedback tells me that Parents derive great benefit from the insights I share in Oops, The Parenting Handbook.
Parents feel empowered, supported and have gained practical applicable insights that help them all throughout their Parenting.
For more you can go to my foreword in Oops, The Parenting Handbook
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