The book, “The Winning Family: Increasing Self-Esteem in Your Children and Yourself,” by Dr. Louise Hart, is one of those older parenting books that is just a classic. I have a copy from when I first started attending La Leche League meetings in 2001, and have kept this book around ever since.
The Preface to the book by the author presents the idea that children provide us opportunities to grow and that parenthood will stretch us, there are a variety and diversity of families – many forms, many sizes – but the best thing we can do is confront and heal the issues from our own childhood. This takes time and energy, but is so well worth it.
I love when the author writes, ” This book can be helpful for any person, from any type of family, who is ready to let go of dysfunctional patterns and reach for health, joy, and satisfaction; who believes that everyone can be a winner in his or her own right and that no one has to lose out.”
We can help our children with rules for family living, how we communicate, how we influence our children, how we set the tone in our family while yet acknowledging the vary different temperaments, personalities, and degrees of extroversion and introversion present. We are the experts on our own family!
I invite you to grab a copy of this book and read through it with me. You can find used copies on Amazon or another bookseller or through your local library. It is worth it to take the time to develop and begin anew.
Won’t you join me?
Blessings and love,
Thank you Carrie. This has long been my thoughts, and always wonder why our son came to us as he is. I think it is an opportunity for us as a family to grow together! I read your advice and experience all the time, and thank you for being such a good resource for us.
Hi Carmen! Thank you! Yes, I think that really is the goal of all of family life – to grow together, to support each other and connect to each other despite our sometimes very different personalities and temperaments! It really is the first marker for children of how we treat each other as human beings. Blessings, Carrie
I just received the book and am looking forward to reading along with you!
Yay! I am so excited! Look for another post this week about this book!
Hi Carrie, I’m amazed to see this post! Guess who this is? Louise Hart’s daughter! I’ve got huge news. A new edition of The Winning Family just came out! Please check out our FB page for the book and tell your readers! Maybe we can talk sometime. Thank you so much for walking through the work with other parents, you’re amazing.
I am so excited to hear this! Your mother’s book is one of my absolute favorite parenting books!
I will be sure to share your FB with my readers. I appreciate you letting me know!