Overcoming Toxic Parenting

How to Be a Good Parent When Yours Wasn't

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You can break the cycle of toxic parenting

Parenting is hard enough when you had good role models in your own parents. But what if your parents were absent, neglectful, or abusive? Are you doomed to repeat their mistakes with your own children? As a parenting expert and someone who experienced negative parenting firsthand, Rick Johnson answers that question with an emphatic "No!"

Anyone can be a good parent, even if they didn't have one. In this compassionate and practical book, Johnson shows you how to identify the ways in which your past experiences affect your own parenting choices. Then he walks you through the process of healing the emotional and spiritual wounds toxic parenting has left behind. Finally, he outlines healthy habits and practices to take the place of the negative ones that were modeled for you.

With Rick as your sympathetic guide, you can break the cycle of abuse, neglect, or absenteeism and create a positive family environment now and for the future.


"All of us as parents truly want to be and give our best. Rick Johnson steps in and shows you how to start now at any age with your kids. You will find the words in these pages alive with ideas, hope, and action steps. Be encouraged by his wisdom that you can use to breathe new hope into your family and relationships. He shows you can do this even if you have had a hurtful past. You will be blessed and encouraged!"--Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, CEDS, bestselling author of Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse


Rick Johnson
is the bestselling author of That's My Son; That's My Teenage Son; That's My Girl; Better Dads, Stronger Sons; and Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half. He is the founder of Better Dads and is a sought-after speaker at parenting and marriage conferences. Rick, his wife, Suzanne, and their grown children live in Oregon. Learn more at www.betterdads.net.


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"All of us as parents truly want to be and give our best. Rick Johnson steps in and shows you how to start now at any age with your kids. You will find the words in these pages alive with ideas, hope, and action steps. Be encouraged by his wisdom that you can use to breathe new hope into your family and relationships. He shows you can do this even if you have had a hurtful past. You will be blessed and encouraged!"

Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, CEDS, bestselling author of Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse


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    Rick Johnson

    Rick Johnson is the bestselling author of That's My Son; That's My Teenage Son; That's My Girl; Better Dads, Stronger Sons; and Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half. He is the founder of Better Dads and is a sought-after...

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Praise for 10 Things Great Dads Do

"Breezy, humorous, but serious where he needs to be, Johnson paints a picture of the engaged dad who's loving, yet firm; communicative and funny, yet resilient when facing life's curveballs; faithful to what matters, yet not a grouch. Achieving these characteristics is what this book is about. Johnson also recognizes the spiritual core of the gospel as the help fathers need to become intentional about their roles, and so the book is more than just a 'how to.' Universally recommended."--CBA Retailers + Resources

"Dads set the tone for their families. Really good dads make a significant difference in their families and their neighborhoods. Rick Johnson shows you ten things good dads do. If you want to strengthen your family and prepare your children to succeed in life, this book shows you how."--Pat Williams, author of It's Not Who You Know, It's Who You Are

"Better than anyone I know, Rick Johnson presents relational philosophies that make sense. And then, Bam! Before you know it he has given you real-life ways to apply what you just read. Invest a few bucks and a couple hours in 10 Things Great Dads Do and you'll instantly know the 'whys' and the 'hows' of fantastic fathering."--Jay Payleitner, conference speaker and bestselling author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad and The Dad Book