CRAIG KNIPPENBERG, LCSW, M.DIV., RELEASES SECOND PARENTING GUIDEBOOK, SHAME-FREE PARENTING Latest Book Helps Families Build and Maintain Resiliency in Times of Hardship, War, Guns and Social Media Influences

News release by Knippenberg, Patterson, Langley & Associates

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 Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., a Denver-based mental health counselor with four decades of family therapy experience, and founder/host of the Legit Parenting podcast, announced today the release of his second book, Shame-Free Parenting (Illumify Media Global), a parenting guide for building family resiliency. In its first six weeks on Amazon, the book hit #1 in Kindle sales across all parenting books.

Shame-Free Parenting, Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., Book Cover
Shame-Free Parenting, Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., Book Cover

In Shame-Free Parenting, Knippenberg demystifies many challenges associated with parenting today, which can result in over-protective child-rearing approaches. Now – more than ever – parents, children and families are faced with trying times as the world’s current events and social media platforms elicit a plethora of mixed feelings and emotions.

Knippenberg believes that “a pandemic of fragility has arisen amongst our children and teens,” driven by modern-day culture and events. He also likens the smartphone to a modern pandora’s box that -- in combination with modern cultural issues, such as the impact and aftermath of COVID-19, school shootings, climate change, and persistent news coverage of war and social conflicts -- creates a state of chronic stress. He elaborates on these and other theories in the book.

Loaded with judgment-free parenting wisdom and invaluable resources, Shame-Free Parenting inspires parents to build families capable of not only withstanding such challenges but also affording them ways to flourish amid them.

In the book, parents will discover:

  • How to let go of guilt/shame and the importance of being just this side of good enough
  • A roadmap for understanding pivotal aspects of child-rearing, with tangible techniques for forging meaningful connections with children while championing their autonomy
  • A holistic approach to emotions, boundaries and acceptance, all focused on progress
  • A timely exploration of contemporary challenges – from the allure of TikTok and gaming to hard conversations about school shootings, the book features the essence and importance of structure, resourcefulness and steering young minds toward a driven purpose
  • A call to action: embrace family spontaneity, adventure and community service as instrumental avenues for cementing ties and imparting core values


“As a family therapist for more than 40 years, I’ve listened and witnessed. I have had the opportunity to gather substantial, firsthand accounts and information that has armed me with vast knowledge about navigating today’s ever-evolving landscape for children, teens and parents alike. I captured these experiences in my newest book and provided strategies and tips to help families connect and stay strong together,” Knippenberg said.

“In Shame-Free Parenting, I help families better understand how children's brains work so they can foster both deeper connection and independence without guilt or shame. Building strong families is what healthy parenting is all about. It truly is the foundation of any successful family unit,” Knippenberg added.

Michele Borba, ED.D., a best-selling author also endorsed by Harvard’s Robert Brooks, PhD, commented on Shame-Free Parenting: “Stellar! Given the modern cultural issues which face families, it’s imperative to focus on resiliency and problem solving.”

Shame-Free Parenting is available at local bookstores or on Amazon.

Legit Parenting is available through the Apple Store or on Spotify. 

Knippenberg’s first book Wired and Connected: Brain-Based Solutions To Ensure Your Child’s Social and Emotional Success, released in 2019, provides brain-based solutions for ensuring social skills and emotional success of children.

About Craig A. Knippenberg

 Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., is a Denver-based mental health therapist who has garnered significant expertise working with children and families throughout his four decades in private practice and while serving as a school consultant for 40+ years. While dedicating his career to educating and treating the behavioral, emotional and social needs of children and adolescents, Knippenberg founded Colorado’s largest, solely owned private mental health practice specializing in child and adolescent neurobehavioral disorders.

He also earned notoriety for creating the CONNECT Social Skills Group Program 42 years ago, which spans socialization groups targeted at helping children navigate the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence, CONNECT has helped thousands of children grow and mature.

Knippenberg hosts the Legit Parenting podcast, combining his four-plus decades of experience working with families and kids with his current brain-based research and pertinent tools, to help parents support the mental well-being of their children.

Knippenberg holds a master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver and a Master of Divinity with a focus on pastoral counseling from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

For more information, please visit or follow Knippenberg on LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.  


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