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.