A Good Enough Parent: A Book on Child-rearing

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Vintage Books, 1988 - Family & Relationships - 377 pages
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In this book, the preeminent child psychologist of our time gives us the results of his lifelong effort to determine what is most crucial in successful child-rearing. His purpose is not to give parents preset rules for raising their children, but rather to show them how to develop their own insights so that they will understand their own and their children's behavior in different situations and how to cope with it. Above all, he warns, parents must not indulge their impulse to try to create the child they would like to have, but should instead help each child fully develop into the person he or she would like to be.

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Maybe it's because I don't have kids (and the fact I'll never have kids) that I didn't find A Good Enough Parent all that interesting. Instead it was rather dry and psychological. Nancy Pearl says ... Read full review

A good enough parent: a book on child-rearing

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Bettelheim doesn't offer another "how-to'' book on childrearing but explores the vast complexity and richness of the parent-child relationship. From a psychoanalytic perspective, he discusses such ... Read full review


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Bruno Bettelheim was born in Vienna in 1903. He received his doctorate at the University of Vienna and came to America in 1939, after a year in the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald. He was a distinguished professor of education and professor of both psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He died in 1990.

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