Conventional wisdom teaches us to put our children's needs above our own. Our worth as parents is often judged by how much we sacrifice for the good of our children rather than how happy and well-adjusted they are. In Go Take a Bath!, licensed psychotherapist and parenting coach Robin Kevles-Necowitz suggests that we invert this modern-day standard. She advises us to make parents, not children, our top priority, in much the same way that flight attendants instruct us to put on our own oxygen masks before assisting others.
The typical "kids-first" approach is not only destructive for parents and marriages, she says, but also damages our children emotionally by setting them up for a lifetime of anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, and low self-esteem. But by placing our needs above our children's, we offer a living example of what a balanced, healthy, full adult life looks like.
Kevles-Necowitz proposes a powerful self-care model, which fosters a happier home and the blossoming of independent, self-sufficient, confident children. The idea is to indulge our need to relax, have fun, eat well, and enjoy our whole lives - not just our parenting side. This new paradigm requires that we sit back, refrain from trying to "fix" everything, and allow our children to manage more of the day-to-day dramas that arise. As a result, they learn life skills, and we get to enjoy parenting more. Of course, this approach generates new anxieties that we must learn to manage. For that, Kevles-Necowitz recommends that you Go Take a Bath!
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By Amazon Customer on 06-05-18
Best parenting book!
On the advice of a friend, I got this book and it has been amazing. It’s not only advice on parenting but also pretty much every relationship in my life. I will definitely be listening to this over and over.
By CrazyAboutCoffee on 16-05-16
So helpful I'm starting it again!
I cannot even articulate how much this book helped me. Raised 2 kids to adulthood doing exactly what she says NOT to do and I can tell you from experience she is spot on 100%. Best parenting book I have ever read, hands down and I've read hundreds probably since the 80s. I think she may just have saved my life. I loved my kids dearly but never believed it was ok to take care of ME. I've always put everyone else first.
Oh how I wish I had read this book 30 years ago. Now I am full time caretaker for my grandchild and researching constantly how to do it better than the first time around. I could never put my finger on what went wrong and now I know.
Could have spared us all much heartache had I known all this. But it's never too late to change.
I really liked that the author narrated, it felt so authentic. I am going to listen to this until it changes me from the inside out! ♡♡