Parenting for Social Change: Transform Childhood, Transform the World


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“I came across Parenting for Social Change as I was looking for tools to help raise my 3 year old following the philosophies of peaceful parenting (also called presence, positive, and natural parenting). I had no problem navigating the “Terrible Twos” but I was shocked at the anger I felt towards my daughter’s whining and emotional outbursts as her ability to communicate distress with words increased. I am so pleased I came across this book! The content is, to say the least, mind-blowing.”
~Aimee E. Ferraro

“This is a brilliant book– provocative and passionate.”
~Charles F. Behling, parent and former Co-director of the Program on Intergroup Relations

“The depth of analysis is superb.”
~Bob Collier, The Parental Intelligence Newsletter

“Wonderful, thoughtful, and honest book….Teresa offers her experience, her insight, and her authentic self from her own journey from parental control to parental partnership.”
~MJ, mom and founder, writer at Wander Wonder Discover

Parenting for Social Change, the book, debunks the myth that control is an essential parenting tool using current research. It challenges us to think about our mainstream views of childhood and how those views perpetuate control and coercion of children. Want to know more, see the chapter descriptions below.

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Chapter 1: Dynamics of Control

Read about the differences between power and control and how control is normalized as an essential parenting tool to ensure children grow up into healthy and responsible adults. We’ll begin the process of questioning control as a social norm.

Chapter 2: Ways We Control Children

Often we don’t question or even see the ways we control children. In this chapter, we’ll discuss the control of children’s bodies, emotional expressions, food, media access, social skills, and learning. I include some of my own stories of letting go of being a controlling parent.

Chapter 3. Controlling Parenting versus Supportive Parenting

We’ll look more closely at the current research on control versus supportive parenting and advocate for a new view of childhood.

Chapter 4. Steps Toward Liberation and Freedom

In this chapter, we’ll move into the process of letting go of control and transforming ourselves to create different perspectives and relationships with children through our internal work as parents.

Chapter 5: Tools for Transformation and Change

We’ll discuss strategies for moving through our feelings as parents in order to create the opportunities children (and adults) need to learn and develop in ways that create a deeper connection to who they are as individuals and human beings.

Chapter 6: Conclusion

Finally, I bring home the ways that social change can begin through transforming our relationships with the children who share out lives.

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