Ever felt like you’re banging your head against a brick wall? Do you sometimes wish your children would take you more seriously and that you had more time, patience and energy to be the mother you want to be? Alison Mitchell, a mum coach, says there’s no need to despair.
Her favoured principle in this book is the magnetic principle – comparing parents and children to magnets. Sometimes they attract each other, sometimes they repel. The other key thing about this book is that it is designed as a seven-week plan. You read one chapter a week for seven weeks and, hey presto, you are a magnificent parent.
Pardon my cynicism but I shun the idea of being a magnificent parent because I think all parents can be magnificent while also being sloppy. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we all have good days and bad days. This book is about trying to achieve parental perfection though, which is worth at least striving for.
A lot of the book reads like an American self-help guide – with lots of talk about positive thoughts and getting rid of negative emotions, and that is not surprising given that the author is also a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) expert. I can’t see many people really taking seven weeks to read this book, although that is a good idea. After all, most people buying it probably have a problem they want sorted now, rather than in two months’ time. That said, you can easily dip into any chapter and pull out a section that is useful.
The writer has an easy, mumsy style and approaches her subject with good, empathetic humour.