The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids

by Jessica Joelle Alexander, Iben Sandahl


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As seen in The Wall Street Journal--from free play to cozy together time, discover the parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world--and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical book presents six essential principles, which spell out P-A-R-E-N-T:

Play is essential for development and well-being.
Authenticity fosters trust and an "inner compass."
Reframing helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side.
Empathy allows us to act with kindness toward others.
No ultimatums means no power struggles, lines in the sand, or resentment.
Togetherness is a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and every day. The Danes call this hygge--and it's a fun, cozy way to foster closeness. Preparing meals together, playing favorite games, and sharing other family traditions are all hygge. (Cell phones, bickering, and complaining are not!)

With illuminating examples and simple yet powerful advice, The Danish Way of Parenting will help parents from all walks of life raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world.

**As seen on Yahoo, Salon, MindBodyGreen, Parents, and more**

**International bestseller -- translated into 20 languages**

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143111719
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 168,051
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jessica Alexander is an American columnist and mom living in Europe, with her Danish husband and kids. 

Iben Dissing Sandahl is a licensed psychotherapist and family counselor working for many years in her private practice outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Learn more at:

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Updated Edition xiii

Introduction: What's the Secret to Danish Happiness? xvii

Chapter 1 Recognizing Our Default Settings 1

Chapter 2 P Is for Play 9

Chapter 3 A Is for Authenticity 29

Chapter 4 R Is for Reframing 47

Chapter 5 E Is for Empathy 73

Chapter 6 N Is for No Ultimatums 97

Chapter 7 T Is for Togetherness and Hygge 121

Hygge Oath 141

Where Do We Go from Here? 143

Special Thanks 147

Notes 149

Index 179

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