• Parenting by Heart

  • Sleeping, Feeding and Gentle Care for Your Baby's First Year
  • By: Pinky McKay
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Coffey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Parenting by Heart, Pinky McKay encourages parents to trust their own instincts and connections with their children. Practical advice is offered with Pinky's trademark humour and covers birth choices, breast-feeding, postnatal depression, sleep, crying, gentle discipline, and building self-esteem (yours and your child's!).

Along the way Pinky gives excellent advice for dealing with unwanted inquiries from family and friends, redefines the good/bad baby continuum to 'real' babies, and considers where the relationship with your partner fits into all this activity! /p>

Parenting by Heart will show you how to explore your options and take charge. Most of all, lighten up, laugh, enjoy! Trust yourself. Trust your child. Trust your feelings.

From the author: When you follow your heart rather than a single parenting method, you seldom fit neatly into a stereotype. I have sampled various options from the rich smorgasbord of childrearing methods to form my own rich collage, which has often meant going against popular opinion. At times following your heart can also result in challenges as you confront the wider world: I have rocked up to weekend workshops with creative directors from some of Melbourne's top advertising agencies - and a two-year-old at my breast. These people were more familiar with the association between breasts and fast cars!

To parent against the mainstream takes courage (and a deaf ear). To care for children and to nourish their identities requires a strong sense of self. Because there are as many ways of caring as there are families, and because often sharing another's experience validates your own, Parenting by Heart includes the voices of other parents (mothers and fathers) who share their feelings - of joy, sadness, fear, frustration, hope, and humour.

I have received overwhelming feedback from parents who say thank you for giving them 'permission' to respond to their child. I dont know which is sadder - that parents feel they need permission or that there is so much rigid advice undermining parental confidence.

©2013 Pinky McKay (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Tinkerbell
  • 08-17-16

top tips for a clueless mum

love this book. packed with useful things to know for new parents... practical as well as emotional aspects of the first year after birth. good to know what to expect and what responses are most beneficial long term... to avoid the oh so often damage otherwise done by clueless best intentions. love the narrator too - great pace to easily follow and a very pleasant accent!

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  • Nichola
  • 05-12-19

Where’s the titles of the chapters?

Content is good, what I have heard of it anyway but I’m totally frustrated that the chapter names are not on available... We need to be able to find relevant content to my current needs!

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  • Karan
  • 06-04-22

Good Advice

Easy listening. Sensible and practical advice. Best of the parenting 6 books I've listened to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-22

Enjoyable and informative

Informative and fact based.
The only negative thing is that it does very strongly push choosing breastfeeding over formula unless the mother is medically unable to breastfeed, but all their reasoning is backed up by facts.

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  • Ximena
  • 12-29-21

Great book to feel good and grounded with reality

I like the honesty, simplicity and the medical facts. I wish I had a pdf link with all the checklist mentioned.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

Not for everyone

I dont think this is parenting by the heart. Its definitely researched and has alot of good information although its very specific in author's views. One size dosnt fit all.

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  • sarah
  • 06-05-17

fantastic book

great book
really enjoyed it very good content for a gentle parenting approach. thanks pinky mckay