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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Are you and your child stuck in a destructive pattern with no obvious way out? Do you feel like you could win the "Worst Parent In History" award? Shame-Proof Parenting by Mercedes Samudio is an award-winning parenting manual. With a wealth of information, this book approaches one of the ugliest monsters in society; Parent-Shaming and how it affects parents. Every parent has fallen victim to it at some point; the snide remarks aimed at the Crunchy mom or the despairing looks at the single father. Criticisms toward parents can be hurtful and undermining. A simple criticism can cause self-doubt in the parent, who in turn inadvertently takes their insecurities out on their child. This only creates more guilt, adding to the parent's ever growing uncertainty and degradation. It is time to break free from this destructive cycle by recognizing what is happening. Learn how to defend your family's methods and personalities. It is okay to respect your child's wishes, without fear of what others might say. By taking a stand and protecting our families and our beliefs, we can release our crippling insecurities, freeing us to raise happy, healthy children. We can start by applying the principles presented in this book. Learn the root cause of wavering between parenting techniques and falling back on what your parents did. Are you ready to have a healthy family with respected boundaries?
Shame-Proof Parenting by Mercedes Samudio is a brilliant parenting blueprint. The author uses her own experiences as a child and then shows how parents carry such defining moments throughout their lives, allowing them to reflect on their children and their parenting negatively. It was eye-opening and encouraging to see that many of my less-healthy parenting behaviors have an easily remedied cause. This book is an empowering read, perfect for the overwhelmed, under-appreciated, overwrought parent, who is at their wits' end. I would recommend this book to new parents, parents of children with behavioral issues, and the unique parent, as well as anyone that has a difficult child in their life.