raising human beings book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

In Raising Human Beings, child psychologist Ross Greene shows how parenting has evolved and how working with your child, rather than dictating to your child, can foster a better parent-child relationship.

Gone are the days of “parent knows best”. Instead, Greene helps parents realize how each individual child may respond, as well as need, differently. Greene ventures that children need someone to help them shine as individuals and come to ascertain who they are as people, what they want from their lives, and to build a stronger family dynamic through a way of parenting that is congruent to each child.

Instead of requiring your child to bend to your will and live life per the choices your parents and parents’ parents made, a better option may be to work with your child, allowing them to make more decisions, with your influence, rather than command. Parenting in such a way, Greene explains, can lead to stronger bonds and better child development. Children are thus more likely to respect their parents, relying on them to learn but also treating them as partners in their lives, leading to less of a push back during upbringing. It improves communication, makes for better conflict resolution, and leaves parents and children feeling more greatly fulfilled.

The book is filled with situational examples, and tools for everything from curfews and tantrums, to homework and conflict. Raising Human Beings is a smart and well thought out, informative book. The advice is solid and valid in this current generation, the only downfall being that the heightened vocabulary and structure of the writing may be hard for the average mom and dad to comprehend. However, once you get passed the more lofty vocabulary, you will find that this a helpful, and interesting, tool in the adventure of parenting.

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Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh with her wife and furry children. She loves to cook, watch movies, and looks for inspiration in every book she reads.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.