Stories make up our lives, from birth till the end, they help us make sense of ourselves, others, and experiences in the world. Throughout this book, the authors explore one of the most vital of stories, childhood and child-rearing with individuals from Greece and the Middle East. Each story presented shares a unique and subjective insight into the realm of parenting. What is parenting and how does it differ? The authors examine the unique cultural norms, generational disparities, childhood experiences, and trauma that play a role in parenting. They offer a depth of insight into childhood needs and include tales from families sharing theirperspectives. The authors invite readers to join them on an explorative journey to the East, where narratives meet scientific literature providing a close view into different homes and worlds.
Juliet Dinkha is a licensed clinical psychologist and an affiliate with the American University of Kuwait.
Nathasha S. Sharma is a psychotherapist and mental health counselor in Greece.
Nourah Al Enezi is a child-life specialist in Kuwait.
Chapter One: Trauma
Chapter Two: Culture
Chapter Three: Our Exploration
Chapter Four: Stories From Greece
Chapter Five: Stories From the Middle East
Chapter Six: Discussion
About The Authors
Tackling a painful issue for most, that is childhood trauma, the writers of this book manage to give us an insightful look at parenting, without staying on theory only. The chapters that include stories from Greece and stories from the Middle East respectively are a sheer delight to read, because it is always significant and helpful to learn the narration of the people who have been traumatized. Parents, Children, Teens, and Psychological Viewpoints on Parenting Practices in Kuwait and Greece is a book that uses an equilibrium between theoretical approaches and lived experience to present us a culture of trauma and give us an alternative route to success and how it was achieved.
Exploring parenting as a dynamic, interconnected, and purposeful system is one of the main tenets of this book and stands at the core of a holistic approach to how we can understand the human condition succinctly. It is refreshingly easy to read and understand, scientifically sound, meaningful, and useful for people that want to explore in depth the interconnectivity of the past, present, and the future. The addition of case studies provides a qualitative depth giving voice to daily struggles experienced by parents and how these have been informed by their family system and keeps guiding their own roles today. I am academically and personally pleased to see the extraordinary usefulness of attachment theory as an umbrella framework that can assist everyone to navigate and give answers to essential and fundamental human problems.
Juliet Dinkha and colleagues take readers into the perilous world and journeys of parenting and mental health—the joys, the struggles, and the undeniable cultural underpinnings. This book is a must-read for parents and mental health professionals seeking to understand, support, and believe in both children’s and parents’ well-being.
With her long-term experience of living and working in the Middle East, Dinkha and colleagues have crafted a sophisticated, theoretically grounded, and informed account of parenting a so-called 'ideal' child in a less studied area of the world. Based on personal accounts of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, religious, and other ethnicities, Dinkha and colleagues fuse scholarship and empirical analyses in an extremely accessible narrative. It will be a welcome addition and an important benchmark for all similar studies on trauma and mental health, not just in the region, but similar studies elsewhere. Pathbreaking .... and a must-read!
This book provides in-depth look into traumas that originate in childhood and manifest into adulthood and shows us how life events can change people over time. The author’s way of tackling and shedding light on the situation provides readers with the comparative knowledge on the events.
The human experience and the ability to long for hope and resiliency when facing life’s adversities are at the forefront of this book. Navigation throughout the text both theoretical and research-based is comprehensive and easy to read, touching upon fundamental psychological models from parenting styles, attachment, the ABC and CBT models to contemporary trauma focused CBT treatment approaches. The personal accounts of the trials and tribulations of childhood and parenthood are importantly presented in a culturally sensitive manner supporting the journey of personal growth from the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive domains of overall holistic wellbeing.
Useful, practical, and definitely relevant. The best thing about this book is that people shared their real-life stories. These were interesting to read and shared valuable information in regard to trauma and coping. These experiences can be used as a tool to allow parents to learn from others in order to build a happy and content life for their children. The authors have also made it an easy read!