Endorsements for Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting
"In this post-Tiger and Helicopter age, Leon Scott Baxter introduces us to a parenting philosophy that actually makes sense: Safety Netting--where parents allow their children to experience failure, but are there to catch them before they hit bottom. It's an enlightening, refreshing, and very worthwhile read and I know we'll be hearing a lot more about Safety Netting in the years to come."
- Armin Brott, author of The Expectant Father and The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year
“Leon Scott Baxter has written a truly impressive book about one of the most challenging but rewarding roles that we assume in our lives, that of a parent. Through the use of wonderful real-life examples, he offers realistic principles and strategies for becoming a ‘Safety Net Parent,’ a parent who nurtures caring, responsibility, self-dignity, and resilience in children. Leon's appreciation and empathy for the complexities and joys of parenting are evident in every page of this well-written, practical, informative book that is filled with a lovely dose of humor. Parents and other caregivers will benefit from Leon's wisdom and insights.”
- Dr. Robert Brooks, Clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Co-author of Raising Resilient Children, Raising a Self-Disciplined Child, and The Power of Resilience
"All parents want their children to be successful, and sometimes we push for success and assume happiness will come later. Leon Scott Baxter has tapped into how success for children is unreachable unless happiness is prevalent. Secrets of Safety Net Parenting gives parents concrete ways to help their children reach both goals."
- Susan Heim, Chicken Soup for the Soul editor and author of It’s Twins!
"Secrets to Safety Net Parenting is very accessible for parents of any age and in any stage. The exercise guiding parents to identify their distinctive style introduces them to the important process of personal reflection. The 'Parents Ask' portion is especially specific and helpful for those seeking ways to deal with individualized behaviors."
- Bill Cirone, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools
I finished your Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting this morning and want to express thanks and admiration to you...
I enjoyed the structure of your book -- where you describe a concept using real-life illustrations, then you describe what this might look like with preschoolers, elementary age children, and teens, and then you answer real-life questions posed to you from your website. It all makes for an interesting, stimulating, and applicable read.
I wholeheartedly support the premise of your book -- that parents can serve as a strong safety net for their child. As I've read about growth mindset, I've realized more and more about the importance of letting children experience failure. Your "safety-net" idea demonstrates that a parent can be present when a child fails to talk it through, and guide them to how to get back up and try again.
I think it's such a challenge to find the balance between nudging children by providing ideas and opportunities for them AND letting children to discover their own ideas, passions, and possibilities.You have a friendly and readable writing style.
- Jane Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, Westmont College
Parents from the Book
“I read Secrets of Safety Net Parenting before it was published and the first thing I asked was, ‘Where can I buy this book?’ As the father of a happy, successful child, I whole-heartedly agree with Baxter’s strategies. Secrets of Safety Net Parenting is a wonderful read for any parent of preschoolers through teens. It’s the first book of its kind to offer specific techniques for success and happiness from those who have implemented them.”
- George Monroy, father to Caine Monroy of Caine’s Arcade
"I love the style of Secrets of Safety Net Parenting. It's a book I would have on my nightstand for easy access and reference. Baxter's content and perspectives are on point and any parent would benefit from this read."
- Michelle Cassini, Mother of Cecilia Cassini, the world’s youngest fashion designer
"In a day when everyone has an opinion of how to raise a kid, we stop in our tracks when somebody has something special to share. This book has done just that taking stories and testimonies from inspirational figures of our time. The read is something extraordinary.”
- Paul Romero, Father of Jordan Romero, the youngest person at age 14 to climb the highest peaks on each continent
Other Kind Words
“Leon Scott Baxter believes that kids' ideas are more than just fantasies -- they're possibilities. In Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting, he offers personal stories and advice in a friendly, conversational way, urging parents to encourage their kids to live their own dreams and find success on their own terms, to find and hone their passions as well as their strengths, and to reach beyond moments of "extreme satisfaction" to find real happiness in life.”
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Managing Editor for News at U.S. News & World Report and former Yahoo.com senior editor and writer
“Rather than a boring ‘do as I say’ book, this one has a meaningful mix of behavioural science, humour, stories and suggestions for parents of toddlers to teens. If you ever wished there was a parenting hand book, you’re in luck, because this is it!”
- Line Brunet, Personal Power Coach & Radio Host
“Secrets of Safety Net Parenting is well written, thought-provoking, covers a relevant and timely topic, offers excellent insight and guidance, and has an authoritative voice without being a know-it-all. Every parent should read the book if they want their child to be happy and successful.”
-Simon Presland, Editor-in-Chief, Next Century Publishing
“Secrets of Safety Net Parenting came along at a time that I really needed to hear this information. It's as if the author is sitting right next to me talking. Through interviewing numerous parents and using multiple anecdotes, he gives intelligent ideas on how to raise successful children. But, success without happiness falls short of what we want for our children. Through a Question and Answer format, (Baxter) stresses finding happiness by discovering one's passion. Along with lots of documented research, he uses his seventeen years as a public school teacher and his life as a father to two girls to support his statements. As a mother and grandmother to three, I'm glad I read this book.”
- Elizabeth Blake, author of Conquering Challenges
“Leon has written a marvelous book on parenting. The book is filled with countless detailed real life examples of how to connect and more important guide your children no matter your own personal style. Leon provides keen insight for parenting children of all ages – a book I wish I had 20 years ago when my children were young.”
- Gary Spinell, Author of It was YOU, All Along and Beyond Intent: Crossing the Threshold to Your Dreams
"Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting came along at a time that I really needed to hear this information. It's as if the author is sitting right next to me talking. Through interviewing numerous parents and using multiple anecdotes, he gives intelligent ideas on how to raise successful children. But, success without happiness falls short of what we want for our children. Through a Question and Answer format, (Baxter) stresses finding happiness by discovering one's passion. Along with lots of documented research, he uses his seventeen years as a public school teacher and his life as a father to two girls to support his statements. As a mother and grandmother to three, I'm glad I read this book."
- SW Author
"Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting: Raising Happy and Successful Children - The Common Denominator competes nicely with other child-rearing books by tackling a universal desire most parents hold for their children: to raise happy, successful kids. The difference between this approach and others lies in its identification of 'secrets' to such parenting that identifies the common denominator among various child-rearing styles from families selected for feature in this book.
It also lies in the fact that author Leon Scott Baxter is not just a parent, but a 'relationship guru' whose background as a teacher and interaction with numerous families created a set of practical strategies that can be applied to common problems from toddlers through teen years.
Here happiness is equated directly to success, blending personal anecdotes and humor with details on how the 'safety-netting' process works. Using such an approach, parents allow their children to experiment to experience both success and failure, and serve as a 'safety net' to prevent complete crashing.
This approach may not delight the type of parent who views their role as one of guiding a child so that failure is minimized, but it will involve parents who realize that in order for a child to recognize success, experiencing failure is valuable. What's left is controlling the depth of that failure experience - which is what 'safety-net parenting' is all about.
It would have been all too easy for Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting to degenerate into a set of ideals; but the fact that it focuses on concrete, applied strategies through a series of examples gleaned from various family experiences, added to the author's own background as a parent and teacher, makes this a realistic approach that parents will wish to consider."
D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR