The Dolphin Way™

If your life is anything like mine, I know there are only a few minutes before I lose your attention. Given your juggling act with things like relationships, work, children, physical health, mental health etc., you will very quickly decide if reading this is worth your precious time. My hope isn’t for you to just read about The Dolphin Way™ - it is much more than that. I hope to spark a conversation, found around the world by asking the question – have we 21st century humans forgotten what it means to live a balanced life of vitality and joy? Given that I spend a lot of my time prescribing basic things such as regular sleep and true social bonding (which is quite different from socializing), I tend to think so.

A “Tiger-free” prescription for healthy, thriving kids

In her bestselling Tiger Mother book, Amy Chua gave a name to—and stirred up a controversy about—an authoritarian parenting approach common in major Asian countries and increasingly admired in the West, an approach that has become aggravated by modern-day pressures and expectations. The effect was swift and far-reaching: Tiger parents felt vindicated, “helicopter” moms and “wolf” dads felt encouraged, and everyone’s anxiety level increased. In a Wall Street Journal poll regarding Chua’s response to readers, two-thirds of respondents said that the “Demanding Eastern” parenting model is better than the “Permissive Western” one.

In her new book, The Dolphin Way™, child, youth, and adult psychiatrist Shimi Kang, M.D. conclusively dismantles the myth of Tiger parenting and offers a new, intuitive model designed to overcome the problems of both the “Eastern” and “Western” parenting styles.
Dr. Kang’s approach fosters sustainable skills that all children need to thrive in a 21st century marked by globalization, competition, breakspeed technological advances, and financial insecurity. Kang calls her approach “The Dolphin Way™” to conjure up images of the intelligence, skill, and agility of these joyful, clever, and truly social creatures, which are also generally accepted as the world’s most altruistic animal species. The Dolphin Way parenting™ is not authoritarian Tiger parenting nor is it permissive “jellyfish” parenting. It is a balanced approach based on bonding, role modeling, and firmly guiding children towards a balanced way of life leading to internal drive for health, happiness, and success in the 21st century.

As someone who was never in a single scheduled activity yet entered medical school at 19, Dr. Kang is proof that The Dolphin Way Parenting™ works. And as Medical Director for the culturally diverse city of Vancouver’s child and youth mental health community programs, she has a close-up look at the negative impact of the Tiger Parenting approach: suicides, addiction, anxiety disorders, nearsightedness, high stress levels, and lower satisfaction for both parents and children.

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Dr. Kang teaches techniques to master Dolphin Parenting™ and The Dolphin Way™ to audiences across the globe through her lectures, online webinars, private consultation and books. Dr. Kang combined over 10 years of clinical practice experience with cutting edge research to develop methods for individuals experiencing physical / mental health problems or just daily stress and low motivation. Given that fact that “lifestyle related” diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, depression, anxiety, and addiction are on the rise, Dr Kang points to the “underwater versions of ourselves” to remind us what it means to live a healthy, happy, and successful human way of life.

Dr. Kang also offers consultation services through seminars, lectures, and workshops to empower lives and personal relationships using her trademarked CQ method. If IQ represents the logical left brain and EQ represents the emotional right brain, then CQ represents an integrated brain and stands for the 4 key 21st century traits of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking or Combination Quotient. Dr. Kang teaches CQ theory and practice to improve innovation and the psychological wellbeing of others.