Good Enough Parenting Book

Front cover of the Good Enough Parenting book.


Good Enough Parenting logo, a growing tree with a cheering child.

Good Enough Parenting combines principles from schema therapy and the latest research with the Louis’ experiences as therapists, community leaders and parents to provide a thorough, practical, easy-to-read and well-reasoned guide. Good Enough Parenting introduces “Core Emotional Needs” and explains why meeting them is absolutely crucial for raising emotionally healthy children. Parents will gain insights into their own issues and learn how to avoid “Exasperation Interactions” as well as how to “Repair” after a conflict and Reconnect” with teenagers and adult children.”

Parenting matters. Don’t let anyone tell you that parenting is not important. It is the most significant job that you will ever do, with far-reaching consequences.

A study of almost 600 families in New York over 18 years found that unhealthy parenting was more of a predictor of children’s mental illness than the mental health of the parents themselves! The more frequent occurrence of unhealthy parenting, the more likely the occurrence of mental illness in children.1

Parenting matters.

1Johnson, J. G., Cohen, P., Kasen, S., Smailes, E., & Brook, J. S. (2001). Association of maladaptive parental behavior with psychiatric disorder among parents and their offspring. Archives of General Psychiatry, 58(5), 453–460.

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Reviews From Our Readers

Ronny Yttrehus

“Good Enough Parenting” has been a great eye-opener and a strong motivator to make every effort to meet all the core needs of my children, not only those that come as the most “natural” to me."

William R. Scott, PhD in Educational Psychology

Gainesville, Florida
Good Enough Parenting was better than good, it was great! I have been to numerous training sessions on Marriage, Behavior, and Parenting, but none as practical and beneficial as GEP. GEP takes an in depth look in the before, during and after of parenting. We laughed, cried, learned, and shared our victories as well as defeats. Everyone who attended the workshop was truly blessed by this training. It is a MUST for parents as well as grandparents!

Michelle Maharty

North Carolina
"The workshop was absolutely wonderful! It gave me more of an awareness about myself as a person and parent. I am excited about what is ahead in putting in practice what I learned."

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