The Present Parent Handbook

To parent a child is both simple and difficult. You must listen and be willing to feel. Whether you understand it or not, trust that in any given moment, your child’s voice will bring you closer to the parent you hope to be.

The Present Parent Handbook is written for parents who want to be present for their children and families, who want their children to receive the best from their partners, and for those who want to heal from their own parent wounds. As readers learn to be present as parents, they also realize the value of presence in their lives.

In each moment, your child informs you of everything you need to know about parenting. In the present, there is the opportunity to show up, pay attention, and become the parent you so want to be. However, at some point, there will be a situation you cannot untangle. Unwanted feelings will emerge as deep and forgotten memories surface. Yet, you still have to manage the discomfort and carry on as a parent.

The Present Parent Handbook acknowledges the challenges of parenthood. It addresses both the dilemmas and delights in each parenting moment, providing practices to manage both. While healing the wounds of parental absence and laying the path to presence, this is the book every parent needs to read. Tim writes about parenthood from the heart, as a son and as a father – gut wrenching and real.

From the book:

My involvement with my child kindles the smoldering embers of a childhood lived long ago. Memories of myself as a child with my own father burn through many interactions with my son. For better or worse, my father lives inside of me, a figure that remains within the shadows of my heart. When I see the man on the bus, the man on the bike – or any man for that matter – caring for a child, it brings my father to light, and I experience a quiet invitation for him to hear the call, to return to me in these moments and guide me through the challenges I face in parenting. Yet, just as he was not with me then, he is not with me now. The road ahead can seem empty. Often I have asked myself, ‘Do I have to walk alone?’

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