The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) (Hardback)
  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) (Hardback)

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 07/03/2019
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‘This refreshing book’, writes Cathy Rentzenbrink in the Times, ‘wants you to think of your child as a person not a project.’ Eschewing quick-fix answers and illusory perfection, psychotherapist, author and presenter Philippa Perry’s common sense driven book encourages a more realistic, empathetic approach to raising a child. An invaluable, insightful guide to kinder, happier and more rewarding parenting.


Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year 2020

Every parent wants their child to be happy and every parent wants to avoid screwing them up. But how do you achieve that?

In this absorbing, clever and funny book, renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry tells us what really matters and what behaviour it is important to avoid - the vital dos and don'ts of parenting.

Instead of mapping out the 'perfect' plan, Perry offers a big-picture look at the elements that lead to good parent-child relationships. This refreshing, judgement-free guide will help you to:

- Understand how your own upbringing may affect your parenting

- Accept that you will make mistakes and learn what you can do about them

- Break negative cycles and patterns

- Handle your own and your child's feelings

- Understand what different behaviours communicate

Full of sage and sane advice, this is the book that every parent will want to read and every child will wish their parents had.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241250990
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 23 mm


'A beautifully comprehensive look at what it might mean to be a sane and emotionally intelligent parent; hugely warm, wise, hopeful and encouraging that, with a little self-reflection and insight, we could all learn to spare the next generation a few of our own troubles.' - Alain de Botton 

'This is a kind and forgiving book that advocates kind and forgiving behaviour, to ourselves and our partners.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

'This book is guidance on how to bond with your children based on understanding how your own upbringing affects your parenting.' - Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times 

'Philippa Perry is the wisest coolest person.' - Emma Gannon

'I'm not a parent. But I f***ing LOVE Philippa Perry and think she's wise and brilliant so this will be amazing.' - Bella Mackie 

'Parenting from preconception to adulthood. Couldn't come at a better time as my older children and I navigate the road to their independent and unique lives.' - Fern Britton 

'Whenever I see Philippa Perry and ask her advice on parenting (which is basically every time I see her) she always says exactly what I wish I'd thought. She's one smart woman, and definitely knows her sh**.' - Charlie Condou 

'Thank you for being a genius Philippa Perry!!!' - Jessie Cave

'Bloody insightful and useful.' - Mary Portas 

'A wonderful book from Philippa Perry, so wise and full of humanity. Communication, love, well-being.' - Richard Osman 

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Im a married mother of three teenagers and this book is a wonderful guide to clarity. It reminds me of how much of my behaviour/ reactions to situations is inherited from my own adolescence. Teenagers challenge your... More

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“Thank you Philippa”

Fantastic book for parents who'd like to get better at parenting.

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“At last: A common-sense parenting book”

This book contains great parenting advice and would be a great present for all new (and newish) parents out in the world. I found myself nodding along and agreeing on almost every page (except on sleep training, so... More

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