Confident Parenting: Parental Leadership in the Preschool Years

By: Haim Amit

Educational Psychologist, Certified Family therapist, Organizational Consultant

Author of the books: Confident Parenting, Modan, 2012.

Parents as Leaders, Modan, 2006. & Parents as Humans, Sifriat Poalim, 1997


About Confident Parenting

Confident Parenting presents in a detailed and in-depth format the Parental Leadership Approach for parents of preschoolers. Preschoolers’ parents’ biggest challenge: a parent who protects and guides while at the same time giving warmth, love, and sensitivity to their children’s needs without the parent forfeiting her own needs as an individual and a partner. What differentiates Confident Parenting is a combination of three important Support Sources for parents:

  1. Practical advice on everyday matters like eating, sleep, fears and anxieties, weaning (from nursing, pacifier, thumb, and / or diapers), power struggles, aggression, tantrums, birth of a sibling, sibling rivalry, getting along with other children, lying, sexuality, crying, playing fair, death, preferring one parent over the other, and going on vacation
  2. The Parental Leadership Approach that lies at the heart of Confident Parenting – Chapter 1 teaches the Seven Parenting Tools in the Parental Leadership Toolbox, enabling parents to parent confidently:
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Setting an Example
  • Setting Limits
  • Conducting a Dialog
  • Empowerment
  • Parental Partnership
  • Flexibility

       3. The 11 Skills – Chapter 2 teaches the 11 Survival Skills, or personal development skills parents                can actually impart to their preschoolers:

  • Independence
  • Autonomy
  • Empathy
  • Separation
  • Self-control
  • Moral Compass
  • Cooperation
  • Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-regulation
  • Creativity

Mastering these Eleven Skills not only goes a long way toward solving children’s problems, but even prevents problems from cropping up. Moreover, the parent’s holding a mirror up to him- or herself and periodically fine-tuning The Eleven enables her to check progress, and gives her an opportunity to empower herself both as a parent and an individual.


Two more unique extras offered by Confident Parenting:

√ The book focuses discretely on the three sub-stages of the preschool child’s development, a subject too often overlooked in the parenting literature.

The personal angle: The author has included examples from his own parenting experience and his own retrospective, allowing the reader to identify with and gain parenting insight therefrom.


Amit, H. (2012.) Confident Parenting: Parental Leadership in the Preschool Years.
Retrieved 04/19/2019 from Amit @ Ein-Hahoresh

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