We all want the best for our children, but what can we practically do to give them a head start. After extensive research and over 100 interviews with parents and parenting experts, journalist and broadcaster Cristina Odone has distilled her findings into this thoughtful and thought-provoking guide to what she calls Concentrated Parenting.
Drawing on her own experiences as a mother, stepmother and daughter, Odone identifies seven Magic Moments in everyday parenting when a child is at its most receptive, including meal times, playtime and rule-breaking. She argues that a parent's behaviour at these key moments can have an extraordinarily positive?or negative?effect on the child's happiness and future development, and that by honing five vital skills, parents will nurture children with kind hearts, strong values and a sense of their own potential.
Honest, outspoken and witty, this no-nonsense handbook knocks a lot of modern parenting advice on the head, showing that it is possible to raise not just good children, but also good people.
Cristina Odone is a journalist, novelist and broadcaster specialising in family life. She is a former editor of the Catholic Herald and deputy editor of the New Statesman.
Her Kindle Single, "Concentrated Parenting", is published by Amazon Publishing and available now.