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Book review for Oliver James’s Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat

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Pia Cerveri

 

Oliver James takes a refreshing approach to raising children in a time when parents are bombarded with techniques ranging from absurd, impossible, cruel and so lofty the ideals are impossible to achieve. His 2012 book, Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat is a great read, accessible, plain speaking and compassionate. I enjoyed this book. It is not only very forgiving and supportive of families, particularly parents, and their foibles, it also gives hope. Importantly, the book also provides parents with ideas about how they can try to work through hard times and reconnect with their child/ren, maximising the opportunities for growth of the individuals within the family but also the group as a whole.