A Slow Childhood: Notes on Thoughtful Parenting

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Editia, 2017 - Parenting - 151 pages

'Helen Hayward's family have been blessed to have her as a wife and mother; now we as her readers are blessed to have her as our guide, confidante and explorer through the tumultuous, intensely familiar and yet entirely uncharted lands of children and parenting. Her achievement is to have written a book about the most ordinary things and to have located therein the most extraordinary insights and ideas.' So writes Alain de Botton in his foreword to A Slow Childhood, a book he describes as "a triumph" having at its heart the greatest, founding philosophical question, a question parenting ineluctably demands that one address: what is a good life?

If you've ever struggled to balance a desire for personal fulfilment with a yearning to be the best parent you can be, Helen Hayward's journey will resonate with you. Part-memoir, part-existential musings, part-guidebook, A Slow Childhood is based on the former academic and psychotherapist's personal experience of transitioning from a life focused on career to a life focused on family.

Hayward's discussion of how to make parenting work best for mothers, fathers and their children is thoughtful, honest, refreshing and challenging. It may be the book that changes your life, and the lives of your children, forever.

A Slow Childhood is a triumph. I was very moved, often to tears, by it. - Alain de Botton

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About the author (2017)

Born in Zurich, Switzerland on December 20, 1969, Alain de Botton was educated at Cambridge University, England, and now divides his time between London and Washington, D.C. With the publication of his first novel, Essays in Love, de Botton quickly became one of the most talked about British novelists of the 1990s. Although the basic plot of Essays in Love (published in the U.S. as On Love) is a rather typical love story, de Botton presents it in a unique and humorous way. De Botton's other novels include The Romantic Movement: Sex, Shopping and the Novel, which is written in a similar style to Essays on Love, and Kiss and Tell, which follows a would-be biographer as he attempts to write the life story of the first person he encounters. The Course of Love is his latest novel and is on the bestsellers list. Alain de Botton is also the author of How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel.

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