Have you ever tried to change another person? If you have, you probably know it is next to impossible. Most parenting books teach parents how to change the child. The Parent Fix focuses on the parents, emphasizing a parent’s need to change to inspire family improvement.
If our greatest joys and sorrows come from family relationships, are we truly happy when we are in control of our loved ones? That deep joy we are searching for comes as we watch those we love learn lessons that change their own lives. To have this change it is the parent who must change.
In today’s age of troubled youth, broken families, and mixed messages from the media, our families are fighting a tough battle to succeed. With the increase in drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, gang violence, and teenage suicide, many of our families are failing. Parents need help.
There is power in parenting—correct parenting. Rather than focusing on the kids, as so many other self-help books do,The Parent Fix stresses that when parents change, kids change. Focusing on key principles like correct judgement, taking time, education and more, Stevens provides concrete ways parents can change their own behavior to improve the behavior of their children. As a mother, Maggie spent years researching and found the answers needed to successfully raise five children. With over thirty years of practical experience, Maggie knows the answers that make a difference. When parents change . . . kids change.
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• Stevens has not only done extensive research but she has used all the methods and ideas in Parent Fix on her own 5 children. She is not a psychologist telling parents how to raise children from what they have learned from books in school. Maggie lived it. Maggie’s children believe in and live the The Parent Fix principles. They are willing to be used as examples promoting the book.
• All of the examples in the book are real-life examples that occurred with her own children or in the lives of others she has counseled.
• The book is fully illustrated to lighten the intensity of the parenting topic.
“The Parent Fix powerfully influenced me and my wife, causing us to question and, ultimately, alter some of the parenting attitudes and methods we had developed and used for years with our five daughters. What a difference those changes have made in our lives. The book opened our eyes not only to what we really wanted to accomplish as parents, but how best to accomplish it. We always loved our children, but had a eureka moment when we read that our home, first and foremost, should be a safe haven from a crazy world, that our top priority, come what may, should be nourishing strong relationships, not worrying about enforcing a list of rules by which to live. We discovered we could become better parents by examining our own behaviors first and making changes in order to effectively guide and influence our kids, to love them and teach them important things that will help them along their way.
“Readers who open their minds and follow the book's recommendations will see positive changes in their family. Every parent wants that at some level.”
—Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune
“In today’s day and age of troubled youth, broken families, and a slew of mixed messages from the media, the Internet, self-help books, and talk shows, this book is a breath of fresh air in its honest and down-to-earth approach to helping parents be the best parents they can be, while making clear that mistakes will be made and that there is no quick fix for dysfunctional family, unruly teens, and family fights. It is also refreshing to hear the author speak from her own experiences and explain how parents need to be open to change in order for their children to change. Stevens, additionally, offers sound advice for approaching their teens’ ‘odd’ interests (hobbies, haircuts, styles), by not dismissing them altogether, but by getting to understand them and finding ways to compromise—something that takes an open mind and an ability to let go of some control over their children’s lives. Stevens’ advice is very practical, very doable, and can create a peaceful home, a good relationship between parents and kids, and aid in the formation of responsible, educated, happy, young adults.
—Writers Digest Magazine
“ParentFix is a well thought out, well-formed book and different from any parenting book I have read. There is so much research in book form, it is so revolutionary, very forward thinking. If Oprah had kids, Maggie would be on her show. It’s like the dog whisperer . . . he rehabilitates dogs and trains humans—she rehabs kids and trains parents”
—Shawn Harrison, CEO Harrison Industries
Maggie Stevens graduated with degrees in sociology and youth leadership. Professionally, Maggie works with youth groups, parent groups, and educators offering parenting help to struggling families.
She also volunteers the majority of her time to The Parent Fix Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving family life. She is the proud mother of five children and four grandchildren. -