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Publisher's Summary

The Real Purpose of Parenting is a series of stories and life lessons from the world of a therapist, known as The Parent Coach. Very well-intentioned, well meaning parents are at the point of crisis with their kids because their own best parenting efforts are NOT producing the children they want them to be. And there, according to Dr. Phil Dembo, lies the problem.
In The Real Purpose of Parenting, even the best parents are capable of smothering the growth of their kid’s life. This can happen because the truth of who the child is, and what the child truly needs is often overlooked or ignored in the agenda that many parents lay out for their kids. Thus...often landing the family in a colossal melt down.
Dr. Dembo shows simple family “turn around” strategies that reframe the real purpose of parenting and gives each family, and child, their own salvation.
©2012 Dr. Phillip B. Dembo (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC
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Critic Reviews

“If only we all could have had Dr. Phil Dembo as our father! His book reads less as a self-help manual and more like insights from a wise elder.” (Vickie Falcone, M.A., author of Buddha Never Raised Kids & Jesus Didn’t Drive Carpool: Seven Principles for Parenting With Soul)
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5 out of 5 stars
By elena on 01-07-13

This book changed my life and relationships!!

Where does The Real Purpose of Parenting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of the shortest but also the most profound books on audible!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Real Purpose of Parenting?

The stories that he tells hit so close to home. The entire book was full of memorable moments. I will not forget any of the hypothetical family characters.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration takes a while to get used to. Dr. Dembo has a strong Midwest accent. He does a great job of narrating once you get used to the accent. I'm glad I kept listening!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of the family whose oldest son is in law school, the story of the girl who asked for more time with her parents, and the overall concept of a persons identity vs. their family's expectations of them were all very moving. They helped me understand, as a 26 yr old, why I felt so lost and unhappy, and how to confront those feelings without 'going underground.'

Any additional comments?

Please write more books Dr. Dembo!!!!!!!!!!!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By J. C. on 01-07-14

Loved it

This book will change your life. It explains how parents want children to be the same as them, held up to their standards. But it's much more than that. It's a whole different way of looking at the world. It changed my world view. This book is a must read. Not only that, the author is entertaining and tells about case studies which really livens up the book. It's excellent.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-06-17

Lovely book

I got lost of ideas and inspiration from this book that I would recommend to not just to a parents but everybody.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Frubear on 01-17-15


Complicated topics explained clearly with real life examples. Also touching. Possibly the most useful book I've ever read. Thank you Dr. Dembo.

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