Parenting 2.0 {Book Review}

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About Parenting 2.0

2015 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner

An indispensable guide that shows parents how to provide their children with a framework to reach their full potential and discover that growth can be an invigorating two-way street.

In this rapidly changing world in which divorce, mental health issues, aggression, and promiscuity among children are on the rise, and education, economic prosperity, and life satisfaction are declining, families are in search of a new parenting script. In Parenting 2.0, professional counselor and parenting strategist Tricia Ferrara shows parents how to stop using old scripts that define their role as spectators and learn to actively participate by relying on core principles that can dramatically improve relationships, overcome behavioral challenges, and help a family reach its full potential.

Ferrara relies on her clinical experience as well as evidence in neurological, social, developmental, and behavioral disciplines to lay out a step-by-step process that teaches parents how to build strong relationships with their children, lead by example, and encourage development. With a down-to-earth style, she addresses real-life issues that parents face with their children on a daily basis, such as the lure of social networking, sexual temptation, and fierce competition among peers.

Parenting 2.0 provides concrete advice that helps parents remove the blindfolds, cultivate their children’s abilities to develop and adapt at any age or stage, and discover that growth can be an invigorating two-way street.

My Review

Parenting 2.0: Think in the Future, Act in the Now, is a new resource for parents trying to guide their children through this new age of point and click gratification. Ms. Ferrara lays out some common sense guidelines for effectively navigating the swift moving waters of parenting in the 21st century.  She offers advice and insight into promoting a meaningful family culture, negotiating the challenges of apps and sites that have proliferated our national dialogues and offered substitutes for face-to-face interactions. As Ferrara points out in Chapter 5, “Facebook is no substitute for face to face.”

There is an abundance of reminders to parents of the developmental progress of their children, and how and when to interject advice, opinion, and guidance. This commonsensical approach has been tweaked to offer insight and application for our ever-expanding tech driven world, and while many studies show us that our adolescent are on the right track as a population, Ferrara gives us tips and strategies for ensuring that the kids in our homes achieve their fullest potential.

Parenting 2.0 is a timely publication with good information for today’s parents who are concerned about the explosion of technology and its impact on our kids, the newly promoted epidemic of bullying, and the need for parents to take an active role in the lives of their children. It should come as no surprise to any of us that parental involvement in kids’ academics tends to yield more positive results than simply taking what Ferrara notes as a “spectator” role in such matters.

If you are a parent at their wits’ end, or a parent who would like some information specific to some of the challenges and policies impacting today’s youth, you should order Parenting 2.0: Think in the Future, act in the Now today, and put the strategies to work for your family.

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