Building Better Humans: The Book You Wish Your Parents Had

David and Lisa Davoust 
Robis, Inc. (2014)
ISBN 9780970757333 
Reviewed by Nicollette Violante for Reader Views (02/15)

“Building Better Humans” by David and Lisa Davoust is a parenting guidebook and self-help book for raising children.  It covers topics from disciplining your children, communication, and technology, to sex, love and marriage. As a young adult I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be practical, forgiving, gentle, and more than anything encouraged communication between parents and their children. While it is a bit traditional, I found it to be a practical guidebook for both parents who may be too liberal with their children, and for parents who are too harsh on their children.

The authors, who are parents themselves, encourage parents to show their struggles and admit their mistakes to their children, for in the end it will make the children trust and appreciate their parents more. One thing I particularly liked about the book was in the “Love, Sex, and Marriage” chapter when the author says “If you want your kids to be real with you, don’t assume that their boundaries are going to be what you think they should be…If you don’t freak out, you will have more opportunities to guide them, but that means you have to be willing to hear answers that you don’t necessarily agree with.” “Building Better Humans” also tackles when a child is going through a crisis and how to react as a parent. The authors assert that recognizing whether or not a situation is a crisis, not overreacting, remaining open and communicating with the child in crisis is key and that it’s okay to get professional help. 

All in all, I found myself agreeing with the authors’ recommendations and advice. David and Lisa are honest and open about their struggles and offer thoughtful, humorous, and loving insight to parents. I recommend “Building Better Humans” by David and Lisa Davoust to parents of all backgrounds, because it presents thoughtful and logical advising in raising kids in this chaotic and harsh world in which we live.