Blog Tour Review: The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure

The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self
by Chris Thurber, Hendrie Weisinger

272 pages
Published July 2021 by Hachette Go

About the Book:

The Right Kind of Parental Pressure Puts Kids on a Path to Success. The Wrong Kind Can Be Disastrous.
Level up your parenting with this positive approach to pushing your child to be their best self.

Parents instinctively push their kids to succeed. Yet well-meaning parents can put soul-crushing pressure on kids, leading to under-performance and serious mental health problems instead of social, emotional, and academic success. So where are they going astray? According to Drs. Chris Thurber and Hendrie Weisinger, it all comes down to asking the right question. Instead of “How much pressure?”, you should be thinking “How do I apply pressure?”

The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure addresses the biggest parenting dilemma of all time: how to push kids to succeed and find happiness in a challenging world without pushing them too far. The solution lies in Thurber and Weisinger’s eight methods for transforming harmful pressure to healthy pressure.

Each transformation is enlivened by case studies, grounded in research, and fueled by practical strategies that you can start using right away. By upending conventional wisdom, Thurber and Weisinger provide you with the revolutionary guide you need to nurture motivation, improve your interactions with your child, build deep connections, sidestep cultural pitfalls, and, ultimately, help your kids become their best selves.

My Review: 

As a mother of 5 children (full and step), I often find my head spinning from trying to deal with 5 extremely different personalities all at once in our family. It’s really easy to get frustrated, to lose patience and to put pressure on them knowingly and unknowingly to try and help as they grow to adulthood.

Then of course, I’m always questioning myself on if I am doing it right, if I can do it better, am I screwing them up because I want what’s best for them,  etc.

What I loved about this book is that it explains how to look at different situations from a multitude of perspectives.  What a parent may be intending but how a child might be perceiving.  With examples from both perspectives, it easily shows different ways to approach and speak to kids, that still allows your intentions to be heard but from a place of positivity and love, which in turn will hopefully allow the message to get through that kid barrier that they all seem to have up!

I’ve read this book and now I need to go back and really spend some time with each chapter to let it all sink in.

If you have kids, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this one.  If you think you don’t need it now, you will later as they get older!

Thank you so much to @tlcbooktours and @hachetteus for this #gifted copy. All opinions expressed are my own and I’m so thankful to have been able to read and learn from this fabulous book!

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