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Raising Competent Children
A New Way of Developing Relationships with Children
Jesper Juul
ISBN: 9781921878763
Book (Paperback)
Rockpool Publishing
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
272 pages
June 1, 2013


Jesper Juul argues that today's families are at an exciting crossroad. The authoritarian parenting style based on obedience, conformity, and physical and emotional violence that governed traditional hierarchical families is being transformed.

In this international best-selling book Jesper Juul talks about embracing a new set of values, based on the assumption that families must be built not on authoritarian force or democratic tyranny but on dignity and reciprocity between parent and child. Children are competent to express their feelings from birth, and they are eager to co-operate as well as assume responsibility for their personal and social behavior.

As parents we must work on listening to and learning from our children. When our children’s behavior makes us feel less than valuable, then it is often because we are.

Jesper Juul (1948) is a family therapist, husband, father and a grandfather. He is the author of numerous books and a renowned international public speaker. He is the founder of FamilyLab International, an organization committed to inspire parents to find new and healthier ways to become a successful family, and professionals to create more profound relationships with children and youth in their care. Jesper Juul now lives in Denmark and Croatia, and works in three continents as curriculum manager as well as trainer, educator and public speaker. After being the CEO of The Kempler Institute of Scandinavia — offering postgraduate education in family therapy and counselling — for almost 30 years, Jesper Juul is now devoting his time to support and educate social entrepreneurs in many countries, and to ensure that a new generation will develop his work and philosophy in new and inventive ways.
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