Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting

Shambhala. Sept. 2019. 224p. ISBN 9781611802146. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780834841970. CHILD REARING
Payne (Simplicity Parenting; The Soul of Discipline) has consulted for more than 200 U.S. schools, the South African Schools Federation, the Hungarian Ministry of Education, and the educational associations of Russia, Australia, and the UK. Growing up with an abusive mother and now a successful child counselor, Payne believes parents can break the cycle and stop living with unresolved issues of the past. Looking at trigger points, this book examines common reasons parents are provoked, including not only skills to help change that but also assistance to readers for gaining clarity on issues below the surface. Payne’s Compassionate Response Practice provides a visualization and meditation technique he’s used with success in his own practice. There is commonality between how we treat issues with our body and how we can deal with the emotional bruises of life. Just as a physical therapist strives to find what repetitive action is causing muscle inflammation, Payne shares ways we can avoid inflaming our situations at home even further and instead bring resolution to difficulties with our children.
VERDICT Geared toward both parents and teachers, Payne’s guidance will stimulate ideas for reframing how we respond to difficult family situations.

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