Heartful Parenting: Connected
Parenting & Emotional Intelligence

by David E. Myers, Ph.D.

A
couple months ago, Dr. Myers sent me his book to review and I promised
him I would review it in my Parenting Newsletter. I would
recommend this book to parents who want to give their children perhaps
the most important gift they can—heightened emotional intelligence.

Research
has been done that shows emotional intelligence is more predictive of
life success and happiness than intellectual intelligence. You can be
very book smart but if you aren’t in tune with people, you are less
likely to succeed than if you are in tune with yourself and others
emotionally.

He makes some excellent
points that I wholeheartedly agree with. For example on page 98, Dr.
Myers writes, “In an all-out war between parents and child, the child
will win, usually at a great cost to her.” This is so true. He also
provides excellent advice for things to do and things to avoid as a
parent. He focuses on the importance of having a positive relationship
with your child and distinguishes between discipline as teaching and
discipline as punishment. He has a chapter dedicated to communication
and provides good guidelines for how to communicate with your child.

Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it for parents seeking to be better than “good enough” parents.

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