Lea Page

Parenting in the Here and Now by Lea Page


| Floris Books

Steiner Books


“I LOVED Lea's book. It's the first parenting book that makes me feel like an adequate mom. That is BIG. Finally, a book that acknowledges that we are all striving to be our best selves for our children, that there is not only one truth or one way to become the perfect parent... and that there is no such thing as a perfect parent, but a parent that wants to get better at being his child's partner. A book that acknowledges that we won't always have the appropriate response to a child's behavior (yes, even after reading this book!) and that we all struggle to be a model for our children by trying to be a better person, a better parent, a better partner while not aiming to be everything for them...
A very important parenting book for the parents of today!”

~ Catherine Forrest

“Parenting in the Here and Now is a clear, respectful and compassionate guide for parents seeking a calm, mindful approach to child-rearing. With helpful, detailed examples, many from her own parenting, Lea shows parents how to keep their cool as they respond to difficult behavior in a thoughtful, non-judgmental manner. The emphasis on kind but decisive action over words will help parents minimize shame and side-step control battles, while also fostering a strong parent-child bond and facilitating the development of respectful, self-confident children. Lea offers guidelines on how to establish supportive family routines, encourage smooth transitions, foster creative play, channel energy constructively, help children learn to share and help children learn to cope with sibling rivalry and other inevitable conflicts. I highly recommend this book. Whether you are a new parent or already well into your parenting journey, you are likely to gain insights that will make your job easier in the long run. I will place a copy of this book in my waiting room and look forward to recommending it to clients.”

~ Virginia M. MacDonald, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist—Doctorate,

“I am a single mother, raising three children. All the mistakes I make and have made are all on me. I have no spouse to blame. I have spent the past 18 years struggling through every little decision wondering if its the right one, wondering if I'm doing things right, wondering if I'm doing enough, certain that I'm not doing enough, feeling guilty that I can't do more for my children and inadequate because I'm not perfect and I make mistakes - all the time. Enter Parenting in the Here and Now, this was a pretty emotional book for me to read because I felt like every page was speaking directly to me and acknowledging all of my struggles.

The author addresses a whole range of everyday struggles that I have encountered with all of my children and offers beautiful insight and clear, easy to follow suggestions for how best to resolve these issues as they arise, or better yet, how to avoid them entirely with a little fore thought. While consistently reminding us that we don't need to be perfect, we just need to keep striving.

This gem of a book is what every parent struggling with feelings of guilt or inadequacy needs. It is a powerful tool to build you up and help you gain the confidence to believe that you are enough; that we each have our own path as parents and as long as we are striving to do our best and we do it with so much love, that is exactly what our children need. We all make mistakes, Life is not perfect, most of the time it's pretty messy, and that is so okay.

I have read many parenting books and I can honestly say that this book is now at the top of my list. Read it. You won't be sorry.”

~ Lista Vergith

“Reading this book is like taking a walk with a wise, witty, loving friend and mentor, someone who has been just where you are, but isn't telling you what to do- instead she's providing a calm, judgment free yet very practical approach to helping you realize you already have what you need. What a breath of fresh air! I have read many, many parenting books and this is the first one I have read that has made clear to me areas where I need to change.... but doesn't make me feel overwhelmed or like I'm failing, or like it's even the absolute truth. Reading her advice was like a light bulb going off for me. I am not feeling guilty about how I've been parenting, just like WHOA! We have a lot of work to do. I know that some of the changes I'm going to slowly make over time will absolutely help my kids and our whole family. My husband has never ever read a parenting book but if he's going to read one, this is the one. Thank you for writing this book Lea! It's come at a perfect time for us, and is articulating so many things we need right now.”

~ Rebecca L.