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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Review: Parenting for Social Change



A while back, I was contacted by Teresa Graham Brett to review her book Parenting for Social Change. Teresa is also the author of the website with the same name, which has long been on my link list (below). Being a big fan of her work, I was exited to receive the book.
As my motto is: "Change the world, one parent at a time", this could only be a good match for me and this blog.

The book's starting point is that we live in a society based on power and control relations, and that control and coercion are integrated in our culture's view of child rearing (the word speaks for itself). As mankind does not like to be controlled, this leads to power struggles and 'rebellion'.
If we were to relieve the parent-child relationship from this structural control, not only would we create a healthier relationship, but we'd also be nourishing a better future for the world at large.


The book read like a train, interlacing research with theory with real examples from Teresa's life with her children. It urges us to question our beliefs about children and our relationship with them and to dig deep in our past to unravel our reactions.
This is the first time I read a book about living with children that I wholeheartedly agree with.

This is truly a must read book. It is revealing, intelligent and it urges you to rethink control.
As a little side note: I love how she talks about 'the children who share my life' instead of her children. At page one, she pushes our nose onto the cultural belief of ownership we have about children.








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15 comments:

  1. wow! the book sounds phenomenal. i went to the parenting for social change site, and went straight to the expectation trap article. so relevant to own life and what i want to teach my child. i am trying to learn that contentment is the goal and that life (and parenthood) is a process. thank you for sharing this! would love to read the book!
    megan @ mama is a four letter word
    mama is a 4 letter word at gmail

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  2. Sounds like a great read! I'll have to check it out.

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  3. liked PFSC on FB, Ya Chun, aksvlp at macdotcom
    this sounds awesome. If I don't win, it's going in my amazon list!

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  4. The article on The Trap of Expectations really spoke to me as this has been a struggle for me as a stay at home mom trying to start up a new business and give 100% to my son.
    Gina info @ trulypurebirth.com

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  5. Follow Teresa on twitter. Gina info @ trulypurebirth.com

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  6. liked PFSC on FB Gina info @ trulypurebirth.com

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  7. fanned you on FB Gina info @ trulypurebirth.com

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  8. follow you on Twitter Gina info @ trulypurebirth.com

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  9. Ok - I just spent WAAAAY too much time on this website last night and finished up today. I think that the Trap of Expectations was also a favorite for me as I am beginning my venture of working from home part time while still trying to give my daughter (who has some special health issues) everything she needs. Would love to win this book!

    hybridrastamama at hotmail dot com

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  10. Follow you on Twitter

    hybridrastamama at hotmail dot com

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  11. Like you on FB, Jennifer hybridrastamama at hotmail dot com

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  12. Suggested you to friend, Jennifer hybridrastamama at hotmail dot com

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  13. Like PFSC on FB, Jennifer, hybridrastamama at hotmail dot com

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  14. the article Balancing Thinking and Feeling
    in Our Learning as Parents was meaningful. A reminder to get out of my head and more into my heart. Really want to read the book now.

    Kaila
    PEace4hippychick(at)gmail.com

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  15. Followed on Twitter
    info at schoolofbabywearing dot com

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