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Parenting looks different today than it did forty or even twenty years ago. Non-traditional families are becoming the norm, and our world is more diverse and multicultural than ever before. For What It’s Worth: A Perspective on How to Thrive and Survive Parenting Ages 0-2 by clinical psychologist Bethany Cook is a book designed to be inclusive of all types of parents – regardless of economic status, race, sexuality, or gender. For What It’s Worth is a parenting guide for anyone who is – or knows someone who is – expecting or has recently added a new baby to their life and is feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated or just lost.
As a woman who has been in a same-sex relationship for twelve years, Dr. Cook created For What It’s Worth to be a parenting guide that would be accessible to all parents. Through humor and brave self-disclosure, Dr. Cook uses For What It’s Worth to work through the realization that even though she has the book smarts and a background in psychology, sometimes the practical application of psychological theory gets lost in translation when it comes to babies and young children. She weaves together personal and professional stories with proven science through the lens of a “woke” woman and takes the reader on a multidimensional deep dive into parenting that is both educational and interesting to the sleep deprived and marginalized parent. For What It’s Worth is laced with many laugh-out-loud moments, which are therapeutic and cathartic to parents everywhere.
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“This eminently approachable book is a splendid gift to new and expecting parents. Dr. Cook’s candid and humorous descriptions of key aspects of raising infants—intertwined as they are with her perspective as a clinical psychologist as well as her substantial experience in working with infants and their families—provide a rich, non-formulaic framework for parenting. Dr. Cook succeeds admirably in reflecting on her own feelings, experiences, and thoughts in a way that stimulates each of us to consider our own “best practices” for nurturing emotionally intelligent and hardy children.”---Peter A. Reiner, PhD, LMFT, Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Faculty at The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
“Dr Cook, has written a vibrant, down-to-earth and insightful account of what it takes to become a parent, how to manage after the baby arrives and how to raise stronger, resilient and kinder children. "For What It's Worth - A Perspective on How to Thrive and Survive Parenting” is a must read for anyone contemplating parenthood or has already started the journey.”----Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Driven to Distraction.
Dr. Bethany Cook, PsyD, MT-BC, earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music therapy and a Doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She is a board-certified music therapist and a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience working in the mental health field. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment, children and families. Dr. Cook is a mother to two young children and has been in a same-sex relationship for twelve years. Raised in the Mormon church, her religious upbringing provided extensive "hands-on practice" and exposure to not only babies and children, but also the generational knowledge passed down through the women in the community.