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The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)

Narrated by: Philippa Perry
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad that You Did), by Philippa Perry. 

With straight-talking advice from renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry, this is the definitive guide for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents' mistakes, and ensure they don't land their own kids in therapy.

Through the combination of case studies, her own experiences as a parent and therapeutic insight gained from a career spanning over 20 years, Perry tackles the wider issues of what it actually means to be a parent rather than getting bogged down in the little details.

This isn't a book about meeting developmental milestones, training your child to have enviable manners or how to get the much idealised 'perfect' family; it's about creating functional relationships with your children so that they grow up feeling secure, knowing who they are and what they want - giving both them and you a shot at real happiness.

Full of refreshing, sage and sane advice on the bigger picture of parenthood, this is the only book you'll ever really need to ensure you don't mess your kids up.

©2019 Philippa Perry (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Thandi Lamprecht
  • 19-03-2019

Insightful

I found this book incredibly useful, it’s really helped me crystallise my thought on raising my kids. I loved her way of imparting her knowledge and insight. Great book, I can’t recommend it more highly.

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  • Queen Maeve
  • 05-05-2019

Invaluable book!

No matter what age your child is this book provides useful insights into yourself and your child's needs. Really really good.

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  • Sam
  • 16-04-2019

Overall a great book

Narration was great apart from the many instances when she is impersonating a baby or child. Every one of those sections are irritating and off-putting. Nevertheless the excellent content is worth enduring those bits.

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  • EM Surrey
  • 23-03-2019

I love this book!

I can't recommend this book enough. It has been so enlightening to read and has reached me in a way no other parenting book has. I think the message in this book would be invaluable not only for parents but for educators and anyone who works with children.
Was definitely worth paying for the extra Audible feature.

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  • lausam
  • 05-05-2019

Excellent advice but focussed on young children

This is a great book and would recommend for people with babies and very young children, however as my children are no longer toddlers felt the majority had less relevance for me.

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  • Sarra
  • 18-03-2019

Best parenting advice ever!

I’ve read a few books on parenting and this one is the best! It doesn’t give you tips, tricks and distractions, it give you sound advice on how to connect with you baby, toddler, child etc. How to build a relationship with them and how to understand what they are going through.

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  • mrsmeggiemoos
  • 07-05-2019

Mostly liked it!

I found this book really helpful. It agreed with a lot of our approaches and gave us some really good ideas to help parent in the present and future!
My only downside was that I found the voices the author was putting on quite cringe worthy and annoying. Especially the children.

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  • F. Mccabe
  • 01-05-2019

Love it!

I can see myself returning to this again and again as my daughter gets older.
Philippa Perry takes such a no nonsense approach to developing a strong relationship with our children and collaborating for a happier family life.
Thank you so much for writing it! I've recommended it to all my friends.

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  • Dr Faithful
  • 29-04-2019

Never a truer title!

It’s never too late to read this book. I loved the wrter’s openess and so refreshing that she was the wonderful narrator. Her style is so genuine. I can’t say I regret the parenting decisions I made which she disagrees with but generally her advice is invaluable and I’ve already had wonderful chats with my teenage son and have managed to display my appreciation and live to my normally demanding and oft troublemaking middle son. Thank you!

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  • Camille C.
  • 25-04-2019

Instrospective book

I really loved this book. Very instrospective which made me very emotional at time as well as uncomfortable. Philippa puts in simple word the obvious and also gives great recommendations on how to approach raising a child without judging parents as we all do mistake. This is also a refreshing approach.
I will definitely listen to it again as well as keeping recommending it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-2019

judgemental

this book gets more judgemental as it goes along. i wouldn't bother. save your token.

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  • DC Sawyer
  • 20-05-2019

Great book - annoying when doing kids voices

This is a great book with a lot of great advice but the author (who is also the narrator) puts on these weird voices when reading the parts where children are speaking. There is no need to put on these weird over the top cartoonish kids voices. completely takes away from a great audiobook.