How much do grit and positive thinking matter when the world around you is starved of support and opportunity? Finally, a book that explains why self-help gurus and motivational speakers mostly fail to deliver, and what really produces results. The entire self-improvement industry puts the responsibility for change on us as individuals, producing few if any long-term changes in our health or happiness.
In this mind-bending look at what the science of resilience teaches us about success, Dr. Michael Ungar shows that individual growth depends very little on what we think, feel, or behave. Ungar is one of the world's leading experts on thriving through adversity. Delving into the latest research, he demonstrates that the ethic of rugged individualism and the victim-blaming politics that come with it are red herrings in the science of success.
Ungar explores real lives, across age and culture, and discovers that the answers lie in the people and the support systems around us. Supportive spouses, caring families, nurturing employers, and effective governments are very often the difference between individual success and failure. The good news is that it is easier to change your environment than it is to change yourself. Indeed, Dr.
Ungar has solid evidence that we can influence the world around us in ways that will make us more resilient both at home and on the job.
Psychotherapist Christopher Willard provides an overview of mindfulness and meditation techniques, clear and detailed exercises designed for individuals and groups, and personal stories that demonstrate the ability of mindfulness to empower children and adolescents. Hugely insightful, reassuring, and accessible, The Confident Child is a truly necessary parenting guide.
Confident Parents, Confident Kids lays out an approach for helping parents — and the kids they love — hone their emotional intelligence so that they can make wise choices, connect and communicate well with others even when patience is thin , and become socially conscious and confident human beings.
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How do we raise a happy, confident kid? And how can we be confident that our parenting is preparing our child for success? Our confidence develops from understanding and having a mastery over our emotions aka emotional intelligence — and helping our children do the same. We want our children to trust that they can conquer any challenge with hard work and persistence; that they can love boundlessly; that they will find their unique sense of purpose; and they will act wisely in a complex world.
This book shows you how. With The Conscious Parent's Guide to Childhood Anxiety , you will learn how to take a relationship-centered approach to parenting that engages your child and ensures that they succeed behaviorally, socially, and cognitively. Conscious parenting is about being present with your child and taking the time to understand how to help them flourish. By practicing this mindful method, you can support your child emotionally and help nurture his development. This easy-to-use guide helps you to:. With The Conscious Parent's Guide to Childhood Anxiety , you will learn to create a calm and mindful atmosphere for the whole family, while helping your child feel competent, successful, and healthy.
Self-assured, assertive kids are not only less likely to be picked on by their peers, they're also less likely to bully others. But it's not always easy for children to find a healthy middle ground between passivity and aggression. If your child is a frequent target for bullies, or has begun to tease and take advantage of other kids, the easy and effective activities in Cool, Calm, and Confident can help.
These simple exercises help children stand up for themselves without coming across as aggressive, learn to be both kind and assertive, and develop self-confidence and a positive self-image. Using this workbook is an easy and effective way to instill self-esteem in both passive and aggressive children, a strength that will prove invaluable in childhood, in their teenage years, and throughout their lives. Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years.
Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.
Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humor, Crazy-Stressed sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr.
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Bradley reveals:. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide Devorah Blachor, an ardent feminist, never expected to be the parent of a little girl who was totally obsessed with the color pink, princesses, and all things girly.
Her story of how she surrendered control and opened up — to her Princess Toddler, to pink, and to life — is a universal tale of modern parenting. She addresses important issues such as how to raise a daughter in a society that pressures girls and women to bury their own needs, conform to a beauty standard and sacrifice their own passions. Several years ago Dr. Tamar Chansky, a leading clinical expert on children and anxiety disorders, realized that roughly half of the children she sees in her clinical practice exhibit negative thinking. This negativity creates emotional hurdles that often hinder children from achieving success and happiness, both now and in the years to come.
Now in this landmark book, Dr. She shows how to buffer kids from disappointment, failure, and frustration by helping them to think more accurately about their problems — to right-size them. Freeing your Child from Negative Thinking provides parents, caregivers, and clinicians with the tools they need to relieve a child from the burden of these emotional hurdles and to build the positive, confident mindset that will set them on their way to a bright, happy future.
Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness — parents now rush to school to deliver forgotten assignments, challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children's friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher, journalist, and parent Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children's well-being, they aren't giving them the chance to experience failure — or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.
Everywhere she turned, Lahey saw an obvious and startling fear of failure, in both her students and in her own children.
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This fear has the potential to undermine children's autonomy, competence, motivation, and their relationships with the adults in their lives. Providing a clear path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most important, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children's setbacks along with their successes. Grow Happy. Kiko grows happiness: by making good choices, taking care of her body and mind, paying attention to her feelings, problem solving, and spending time with family and friends.
This story will help kids learn that they can play a pivotal role in creating their own happiness, just like Kiko. A Note to Parents and Other Caregivers provides more strategies for helping children learn how to grow happiness. Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids and adults focus, learn, and make better choices.
Growing Up Mindful helps parents, educators, and counselors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives. With more than 75 accessible exercises and practices, along with adaptations for the individual needs of a wide range of children and teens, this inspiring guidebook brings you road-tested insights and tools for:.
Resilience in child development is a much-talked about topic these days. Many people want to better understand what it is, how it is related to the healthy development of children and youth and what they can do to strengthen resilience in young people.
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This new booklet from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH guides parents, educators, child and youth workers and other professionals in understanding and supporting the individual, family and community roots of resilience. Do you know you have an invisible bucket which is filled with all of your good thoughts and feelings? If you're new to the concept of bucket filling and bucket dipping, then this book is for you. Parenting today has gotten far too complicated. The truth is that whatever drumbeat you march to, all parents would agree that we just want our kids to be happy.
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In The Happy Kid Handbook , child and adolescent therapist Katie Hurley reveals that cultivating happinessis about parenting the individual, because not every child is the same, and not every child will respond to parenting the same way. By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, this definitive guide to parenting offers specific strategies for:.
In How Children Succeed , Paul Tugh introduced readers to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control, and conscientiousness play a critical role in children's success. How does adversity at home affect their success in the classroom, from preschool to high school? And what practical steps can the adults who are responsible for them — from parents and teachers to policy makers and philanthropists — take to improve their chances for a positive future?
Tough encourages us to think in a brand-new way about the challenges of childhood.
Mining the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, Tough provides us with insights and strategies for a new approach to childhood adversity, one designed to help many more children succeed. Highly sensitive children are deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but they can also become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out.
Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do — and do not — prepare their children for adulthood.
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