Better Parenting with the Enneagram: Nine Types of Children and Nine Types of Parents (Paperback)

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A guide to using the Enneagram for harmonious parent-child relationships

• Examines each of the 9 Enneagram types as parents, including how to utilize your type’s inherent skills to be a better parent

• Explores each of the 9 types as children and teens, including their positive and more challenging traits, their triggers and fears, and how you can help your child find emotional health and achieve their full potential

• Looks at each of the 81 parent-child type combinations and shows how each combination works at its best as well as what happens under pressure

UNDERSTANDING HOW WE PARENT and why helps us to become better parents. Seeing life through the filters of our Enneagram type lets us connect with our children in a healthy and more conscious way.

Certified Enneagram practitioner and experienced parent Ann Gadd explores the 9 Enneagram parenting types and the 9 Enneagram child types, revealing each type’s strengths and challenges as well as exploring all 81 parent-child type combinations. A fun quiz helps you discover your parenting style, whilst highlighting gifts as well as areas for improvement. Getting to grips with the emotional inner core of your kids, you gain insight into positive and more challenging traits of each Enneagram type child and how to encourage the best from them. Better Parenting with the Enneagram is like having your own personal manual--for yourself and your child. You’ll learn what drives them, what they fear most, what inspires them, and most importantly, how you can best relate to them, whether they are young kids, pre-teens, or teenagers.

The systematic approach of the Enneagram offers an opportunity for learning to better understand your child, react more appropriately in stressful situations, and improve your overall relationship. You’ll learn to recognize and navigate not only your child’s triggers but also your own. Tumultuous emotional storms might be averted by becoming aware of what kind of response your child needs in certain situations. Feeling more understood will create a deeper parent-child bond, because being present with our children is the best gift we can give them.

About the Author

Ann Gadd is a writer, holistic practitioner, workshop facilitator, and journalist. An avid, long-term student of the Enneagram, she offers Enneagram workshops for beginners and advanced students. The author of several books, including The Girl Who Bites Her Nails, The A-Z of Common Habits, and Finding Your Feet, Ann lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Praise For…

“Ann Gadd has written a concise and accessible guide for parenting based on the Enneagram. It can be enjoyed by beginning Enneagram enthusiasts and still provides depth for experienced practitioners. Better Parenting with the Enneagram focuses on the positive characteristics of each type and gently challenges us to recognize the places we go to under the specific stresses of parenting. As a child of a Type Four mother, I was blown away by the book’s accuracy. Ann was able to capture my experience growing up and articulate what I needed as a little child. As a psychotherapist and a parent of two small children this book has become my go-to guide to help the little people and parents in my life!”
— LYNDSEY FRASER, MA, LMFT, CST, marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist

Better Parenting with the Enneagram is yet another incredibly valuable contribution by Ann Gadd to the rapidly expanding list of Enneagram literature. Ann is proving again that the Enneagram is not just an abstract spiritual tool but that our passions show up in every aspect of our daily life. Parenting can be extremely challenging, and Ann explains in her enviably eloquent and humorous style how we tend to make things needlessly worse for ourselves and our kids. This book will help any parent to worry less and actually enjoy some of the weird behaviour of our kids.”
— FREDERIK COENE, Ph.D., Enneagram researcher and member of the International Enneagram Association

“Ann’s book Better Parenting with the Enneagram is a clear, accessible read for those of us who want to parent with awareness, understanding, and acceptance. Her simple yet detailed presentation of the information makes it enjoyable and easy to digest (coming from a Type Seven parent with two small children!).”
— CHARLOTTE HAGGIE, health and well-being coach

“A gem of a read! As a soon-to-be parent, this book helped me acknowledge the natural strengths that I am already bringing to the table and also provided insight on where to be mindful of how my own stress/fixation can impact the parent-child relationship.”
— VALERIE WANAMAKER, LCSW, sex and relationship psychotherapist

“Ann Gadd has made an engaging introduction to the Enneagram, focusing on the most important relationship we might ever have--the parent-child relationship. We are all someone’s child, which makes the book relevant to everyone. Gadd allows us to reflect both on ourselves as parents and as children. You don’t need to know about the Enneagram to benefit from this book; you are handed the Enneagram’s view on the important aspects of the parent–child relationship and can immediately start using it. With this tool, you can be closer to having a conscious relationship, not only to your children, but also to your parents. Using the lost childhood messages (in the back of the book) is like adding magic dust to your relationships; try it, and you will most probably find that your child sinks into a peaceful, loving state immediately!”
— PATRICK HOUGAARD SIMONSEN, Enneagram coach and NLP trainer & ANNABELLA AL-NAFUSI, stress release the

“This book is pure magic. An essential and practical resource for any parent interested in their own self-development journey of growth alongside their child. Ann uses clear, easy to digest language with examples and descriptions that accurately reflect the uniqueness of each style of parent and child.”
— MARY J. FOURIE, millennial mother and Enneagram coach
Product Details
ISBN: 9781644114223
ISBN-10: 1644114224
Publisher: Findhorn Press
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English