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I live this book,it is the best parent I have ever bought.(and I have many)It explains very well everything and it helped me tremendously not only with my children but also with my husband!Highly recommended!
I haven't read through the whole book yet but I have to write this review about the size and font. The font of the text is small but the margins and overall size of the book is big. It's really weird and had I known this, I'm not sure I would have bought this book.
I almost gave it four stars. This book has some very good and practical tips for young or inexperienced parents, or those who have not heard of mindfulness. However, for more experienced parents (more than two children or parents of teens), or parents with children of special needs, it isn't that helpful, as most of the advice is intuitive and not in-depth or specific enough for uniquely challenging behaviors.
One of my biggest challenges as a parent has been dealing with my own childhood "stuff" and trying to minimize the impact of my upbringing on how I now parent my own children. I've come so far but have continued to feel bad about the almost automatic reactions I have to my kids sometimes, both internal and external. This book has helped me understand that, not only am I NORMAL for having those feelings, but also that there's so much I can do to manage my triggers and reactions and improve my connection with my kids. Life changing!!
This book is comforting and immensely readable, containing insights, personal stories, and strategies to practice. Divided into two sections, 1. Break the Cycle of Reactivity and 2. Raising Kind, Confident Kids, the author gives us two different angles from which to practice improving our relationships with our children (and, I found, with ourselves! )
As a mother and parental mental health clinician, I highly value growth and thus spend great amounts of time reading parenting materials. Most are good, and generally helpful, however Raising Good Humans was extraordinary! What I love most about Hunter's approach is that she introduces readers to the oh so important biochemistry of the brain under stress while offering a compassionate framework to guide parents through specific exercises to retrain our brains. Of all the parenting books on my nightstand at home and desk in my counseling office, Raising Good Humans has already become a quick favorite. I will be sharing this book with every parent or parent to be! I’ve already purchased multiple copies and am happy to say a good friend just received a copy as a baby shower gift.
I've been following Hunter's work for a while, so I couldn't wait until her book came out. I think she hits the nail on the head when she teaches that parents need BOTH meditation (self calming skills) as well as communication skills (how to talk to your kids so they actually listen!) Far too many parenting coaches focus on just one or the other. My husband and I have been reading the book together and taking the lessons we've already learned through Hunter's online course even further. I love this book!!! Highly recommend!