March 21, 2012

Book: Liberated Parents, Liberated Children by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Filed under: Books — Tags: , — krishnafromtoronto @ 10:39 am

These two authors have published several self-help books in the area of parent child communication and child
rearing (not the Dr Spock variety, these are more concerned with the *mind* of the children).

The ideas are good and I guess many people would find the narrative style wonderful, full of anecdotes and good examples of how they improved dramatically all aspects of their relationship with their children. The results are there for all to see – at least in the stories –  and at the end of it, they still manage to retain their humility and admit that they still can make mistakes.

However, pehaps being the cynic I am, I found the book too much filled with Saccharine to be palatable. They see the whole world through rose tinted glasses, every one in the class is too eager to share and learn and full of righteousness, goodness or endearing mild doubts,  led by that genius Dr Ginott whom they all worship… (There are some daring students who even presume to argue with the great doctor as he propounds a principle!) I wonder how these ‘principles‘ would have fared in a tough neighbourhood.

It is too pat, too one-sided, too smug and cocky  to be of any lasting appeal to a reader like me.

Some of the ideas are thought provoking and many are based on solid common sense but you cannot help the feeling that the authors are trying to hammer these thoughts into the presumed thick heads  of their  typical readers. This book gives the impression of talking down to you instead of talking to you, for some reason.

I guess many non fiction books do tend to take a condescending tone but there are some out there (Steven Covey comes to mind, as does Dr Spock himself, referred to in the beginning of this review) which are refreshingly direct.

Alas, this is not one of them. I would rate it a 3/10.

— Krishna


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