The Codependent Perfectionist’s Guide to Parenting
Author: Alana Carvalho
What if the quest to be a perfect loving parent was the very thing that kept us from giving kids what they really need?
Do you ever feel that despite your best efforts you’re still not the kind of parent you want to be? For parents who struggle with perfectionism or codependency — sometimes without even being aware of it — the pressure to raise good kids can feel impossible. Raising Empowered Children is about becoming aware of the ways that we sabotage ourselves so we can find a more satisfying and loving approach to parenting.
As a trained therapist and recovering codependent perfectionist herself, Carvalho guides us through the major parenting stages, tackling topics like helicopter parenting, natural consequences, boundary setting, role modeling, and positive reinforcement. Through case studies, personal anecdotes, and actionable insights, Carvalho provides practical steps to help us learn how to love our children — and ourselves — for who they are rather than who we think they should be.
Alana Carvalho is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. She has a master’s degree in psychological counseling from Columbia University and extensive experience as a therapist, teacher, writer, and program director.
Alana provides training, workshops, and lectures on various topics, including parenting, leadership, sand-play therapy, and general counseling. Alana passionately assists people working on transforming their relationships, finding their voice, and healing trauma. Visit her website at alanacarvalho.com.