The Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up

The Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up

by Vicki Hoefle

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Overview

Parents these days are under a great deal of pressure to be "perfect." From psychologists to social scientists, journalists to weekend bloggers, everyone has an opinion about the do's and don'ts for raising healthy, well-adjusted--and let's not forget, polite--children in today's fast-paced world. Where does this leave parents? Too often, lacking in confidence, ill equipped, and overwhelmed. Parenting expert Vicki Hoefle makes the bold claim that it's time for parents to get off the perfection path and get back to the real job of parenting: to grow a grown-up. In this no-nonsense parenting guide, Hoefle draws upon twenty-five years of experience with helping parents see the big picture and sidestep what she calls the "detail drama" that too often trumps everyday life with our kids. Parents learn more than just strategies; they learn a methodology that allows them to help their toddlers build a strong foundation for success in adulthood. In her trademark, tell-it-like-it-is style, Hoefle tells parents to trust their intuition and develop an intentional strategy for meeting each child's unique needs. Above all, The Straight Talk on Parenting offers the confidence-boosting reminder that parenting is about practice (and a healthy dose of humor), not perfection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629560496
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Vicki Hoefle is a professional parent educator, author, parent coach, and national speaker with over twenty years of experience teaching parents, educators, and caregivers how to raise respectful, responsible, and resilient children. Hoefle combines her expertise in Adlerian psychology and as an International Coaching Federation certified coach to bring parents sustainable and proactive parenting strategies that provide time-tested tools for harvesting a happy and peaceful family life. Hoefle is also the author of Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Children (Bibliomotion, 2012.) Her informative and highly engaging presentation style keeps her in demand as a speaker, facilitator and educator. Hoefle is a mother of six and lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction ix

Part 1 The Method

Chapter 1 From Footprints to Blueprints 7

Chapter 2 Independence Is Imperative 31

Chapter 3 Living with a Toddler, Raising an Adult 49

Chapter 4 Your Thumbprint on the Blueprint 69

Part 2 Stories from the Heart

Chapter 5 Bedtime Bedlam 95

Chapter 6 Don't Throw your Peas 107

Chapter 7 Bring on the Bulldozer 119

Chapter 8 Morning Meltdowns 129

Chapter 9 Containing the Chaos 141

Chapter 10 Sibling Squabbles 152

Chapter 11 Snark, Sass, and "Whatevs" 165

Chapter 12 Homework Hassles 177

Chapter 13 Trials and Tribulations of Technology 187

Afterword 199

Index 201

About the Author 209

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