Katie Steele, MA, LMFT #96656

Book Review – Parenting with Love and Logic

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I am frequently asked about book recommendations for issues regarding parenting, relationships, marriage, healing past traumas etc. I am working on compiling an extensive list of books that I have found beneficial, but in the mean time I am going to occasionally post a review of a specific book.

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay is a great resource for parents. This book offer insight into parenting without being emotionally reactive. The authors offer many practical ways to empower your children to make responsible choices. The premise of Parenting with Love and Logic is that choices and behaviors that children make come with consequences, whether good or bad. The book emphases giving your children choices, letting natural consequences be the teacher, and being an empathetic but consistent parent.

This book is broken into parts. Part one is the educational piece; the explanation of the theory behind the title. It equips the reader with knowledge of how to parent with love and logic as well as an explanation of the philosophy behind love and logic. Part two is filled with specific scenarios, which they call “Pearls of Wisdom” where you can go to find specific ways to implement the the principles of Love and Logic. It is a helpful resource to be able to look to topic specific issues you may be dealing with in your parenting struggles.

Overall, I think this book is a great tool for parents. I think the general principle behind the book is good, however some of the logical consequences the author gives seem extreme. I would recommend this book as a guideline for parents. The approach of Parenting with Love and Logic is beneficial in helping shape your child’s character; teaching responsibility and well thought-out decision making. However I do suggest that readers of this book decide where their comfort level lies when it comes to logical consequences for their children.

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts on the principles of Parenting with Love and Logic? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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Author: Katie Steele, LMFT #96656

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) #96656. I am also a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

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