The Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up

Parents these days are under a great deal of pressure to be “perfect.” From psychologists to social scientists, journalists to weekend bloggers, everyone has an opinion about the do’s and don’ts for raising healthy, well-adjusted—and let’s not forget, polite—children in today’s fast-paced world. Where does this leave parents? Too often, lacking in confidence, ill equipped, and overwhelmed.

Parenting expert Vicki Hoefle makes the bold claim that it’s time for parents to get off the perfection path and get back to the real job of parenting: to grow a grown-up. In this no-nonsense parenting guide, Hoefle draws upon twenty-five years of experience with helping parents see the big picture and sidestep what she calls the “detail drama” that too often trumps everyday life with our kids. Parents learn more than just strategies; they learn a methodology that allows them to help their toddlers build a strong foundation for success in adulthood.

In her trademark, tell-it-like-it-is style, Hoefle tells parents to trust their intuition and develop an intentional strategy for meeting each child’s unique needs. Above all, The Straight Talk on Parenting offers the confidence-boosting reminder that parenting is about practice (and a healthy dose of humor), not perfection.




Cassie B. on August 31, 2015 at 2:47 PM.

Shift from telling to asking “what happens next? Good news parents, Vicki’s got a new book! I have taken her class, twice (lucky me cause I can’t hear it enough!), I’ve read her Duct Tape Parenting book and have been practicing her guidance for almost a year now with my 2 pre-teen kids – 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter. I can see a shift in our relationship. My kids don’t view me as the maid anymore, because I’ve given up the job. My kids are making their own breakfast and lunch, doing their own…

Christa Wurm on August 31, 2015 at 3:08 PM.

Refocus your parenting on YOURSELF Vicki Hoefle is not a magician. Though she seems to offer Willy Wonka-esque promises, the science behind her techniques is solid, and the work is achievable. She helps us plow through the guilt-mongering and self-doubting industry of parenting books, articles, videos and blogs (oh lord, the blogs) to focus on the relationship between parent and child. Keeping the goal of building a healthy relationship at its core, “The Straight Talk on Parenting” provides tools that are useable. By…

jessica loranger on August 31, 2015 at 3:12 PM.

Ten stars—can’t recommend this enough! When a dear friend told me about some of Vicki’s ideas, I was intrigued. My friend is such a busy, calm, collected mother of three active children, and I had to wonder how Vicki’s parenting philosophy was helping her. Now that I have read the books, the blog, and taken a class with her, I get it. Vicki’s approach is truly no-nonsense, but you have to be willing to put some work in. It’s about changing YOURSELF not the kids (though that will happen naturally, eventually). Everything Vicki says…