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Publisher's Summary

Discover the parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world.

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world - and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, successful kids year after year? This upbeat and practical guide reveals the six essential principles that have been working for parents in Denmark for decades:

  • Play: essential for development and well-being
  • Authenticity: fosters trust and an 'inner compass'
  • Reframing: helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side
  • Empathy: allows us to act with kindness towards others
  • No ultimatums: no power struggles or resentment
  • Togetherness: a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and every day

A revealing and fresh take on parenting advice, The Danish Way of Parenting will help parents from all walks of life raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world.

©2017 Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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The perfect listen & incredibly insightful!

I’ve been listening to parenting books for a while now and this is by far the most relatable, achievable and comforting of books I’ve listened to in a while.

All the advice is completely relatable, doesn’t seem unrealistic for busy, over tired parents who want to be better and try new approaches and enjoy parenting even more.

Some points are ones we already have adopted in our home, some are new, and some are just reassuring that we’re on the right path!

A Fantastic Listen and one you don’t want to put down!

Loved it!

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Very satisfying listen

I really enjoyed this book. A whole bunch of factors, some I'd thought of and was great to have confirmed by the Danish, other factors I'd never thought of and was very pleased to be introduced to. Also nice to be done in 3.5hrs.

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Informative and Easy to Internalise

Concise and a pleasure to listen to. The PARENT analogy is something that sticks in your mind and stays with you.

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New or current parents would learn a lot from thin

This is my first audible. I'm thoroughly surprised how quickly you can go through a single audio book. Loved this book and thoroughly took notes.

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Interesting and brilliant

A must read for all parents. Simple and refreshing to read and very different to the British way of parenting.

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An inspiring listen to become a more empathetic, caring, Conscious parent. Loved listening along and very easily listen along

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Being better human (parents)

The book explores a few practical principles in parenting, or more broadly, in being better human ourselves, before we passing them onto our kids. Consciously or unconsciously, our kids are shaped by the Parents’ values, so it is critically for us, as parents, to review our way of dealing with the world. This is an continuous improvement process. This book is a reality call and extremely practical tool for self-reflection - I highly recommend.

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A great perspective on the way we are raised and how that affects our parenting

This book is a positive take on the societal norms in Denmark vs America and how it affects the way we raise children. It’s been really helpful in my parenting journey as I’m trying to heal my own trauma and learn more about how I can show up as the best parent possible for my kids.

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Danish sycophant

ive recently listened to achtung baby which in my eyes is a far superior book. the author of achtung baby actually lived in germany, and had studies to back up her statements. in this bokk the authors husband is danish and nearly everything she says seems to be her own personal experience. it all relates to danes being the 'happiest people in the world'. like achtung baby i cant help but wonder if she's an american who has experienced life outside her country and realised america isnt close to being the best country in the world to live. as for her parenting methods. it seems to be just generally about dont hit your kids, positive reinforcement. things we know are good that arent exclusive to danes. i didnt take away anything useful from the book hence the low rating

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Useful parenting advice

This book provides digestible and insightful ideas on how to raise happy, high-functioning children who can develop into happy, high-functioning adults.

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  • 11-04-2018

A must listen, to make parenting enjoyable.

I bought a printed copy of this book when I had my first son and never read it fully. He’s three years now and I enjoyed listening to this audio book. Everything in this book resonates so well with what we shouldn’t have done this last three years and I am happy that I’ve found these secrets to raising happy kids not very late. I highly recommend this and my sincere thanks to the authors and all who made it possible, including the Audible team 👍

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  • 29-07-2020

Muy útil

Como madre siento que el libro es una guía muy práctica para recordarte consejos de crianza (qué también aplican a nosotros cómo adultos). Si todos ponemos nuestro grano de arena criando niños más felices, queridos y seguros serán adultos más felices, empatices y menos conflictivos y el mundo será un lugar mejor.

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  • Edith
  • 25-06-2018

Happier families

This book provide simple, effective, common sense steps that every family can apply to their lives immediately. It’s so easy to spend time doing chores and other activities that take us away from our kids. By involving our kids in more daily activities and spending quality fine with them without the need of electronics does make for happier kids.
I loved the idea of free play for our kids with their friends. It’s so easy to have them running from one sporting activity to their music class then back for drama class, but that time with her friends, I notice is when my daughter is happiest.

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  • CDean
  • 22-06-2018

Crystalizes what one intuitively knows is true

This (audio) book expresses and crystalizes factors that underpin the development of happy, confident and resilient kids (who grow up well-adjusted to be the same kind of adults). It brings to the forefront what we sometimes "intuitively know to be true" but yet cannot conceptualize it sufficiently to put it into words, actions or practice. Extremely helpful and for me, contains a number of "oh yea" (not necessarilly "ah ha") moments. Great listen and I will be embrace the practicalities of this approach with my two boys, eight and three.

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  • Derek S
  • 23-09-2018

Amazing book for parenting

Very much related my self to a lot written in this book. Very heartwarming and beautifully well written. Personally recommended it to many friends and family. Perfect for every parent.

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  • Lawrence Smith
  • 10-12-2019

A nice, easy read for busy parents

I really liked this audiobook as it wasn't judgemental or patronising and it gave some really good tips for parents or people working with young people. I usually listen to fiction audiobooks so this was a nice change.

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  • Peter
  • 03-08-2021

insightful and thought provoking

short succinct book packed with insights on parenting and different approaches. some common sense, some you would not have thought of

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  • John G.
  • 30-10-2019

rarely illuminating, simplistic

rarely-illuminating, simplistic, nothing new, essential research-based ...would love to hear a version for UK teachers

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  • Tim
  • 08-02-2019

Interesting perspective on parenting

Lots of useful hints and tips for parenting. It's good to learn about how the Danes approach parenthood.

I found myself having to take things with large grains of salt. Sweeping generalisations would benefit from being specified as opinion versus fact.

It's also a shame that the book is written as though the reader is American, I found this quite alienating at times, especially the over use of "we" and "us" in regards to US culture.

Definitely worth a listen, but don't treat as gospel.

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  • attila csaji
  • 22-12-2017

eye opening. nicely written and red. great ideas

eye opening. nicely written and red. great ideas. good for nee parents who need help in deciding how to raise good children

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  • Katie Simcock
  • 28-04-2018

NOT JUST A PARENTING BOOK!

I listened to this book very quickly. it's very interesting and I will be sure to listen again. some helpful and constructive ways to be a better parent to build respectful relationships as a family and also some tips and ideas on how to be a better and happier person generally.

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  • Sarah Danaher
  • 02-01-2018

Short but interesting

Interesting insight into a mentally healthier culture and way of life. I liked the succinctness. Makes the key lessons more memorable. A simple recipe that fits in with the calmer easier happier parenting philosophy!

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