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Children At Promise: 9 Principles to Help Kids Thrive in an At Risk World Paperback – April 26, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787967688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787967680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Tim Stuart and Cheryl Bostrom offer a unique and practical perspective on how to have a godly, eternal impact on children.”--Dr. Bill Bright, founder, president, chairman emeritus, Campus Crusade for Christ

" Children At Promise is an immensely practical and inspirational tool for helping kids rise above adversity—and succeed not only in spite of it, but because of it. This book is a winner!" --Les Parrott, Ph.D., professor of clinical psychology, Seattle Pacific University, author, Helping Your Struggling Teenager

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In today's complex world filled with violence, drugs, and confusing sexual messages, these and other threats to our young people have prompted educators, politicians, and government agencies to label up to 90 percent of our children as "at risk" of failure. Although intended to be a way of identifying those who need help, this label can cause us to taint our language and behaviors toward young people with hopelessness and defeat.

But there is hope. Children At Promise maintains that all children can be viewed with positive expectancy and shows how we— parents, grandparents, educators, and friends— can help to fulfill our children's deep potential. In this inspirational and informative book, high school principal Tim Stuart, Ed.D. and former
teacher-of-the-year Cheryl Bostrom, M.A., offer easy-to-understand, research-based evidence for the power of nurturing the promise in all children regardless of the risks they experience. Stuart and Bostrom's unique, revolutionary approach to child rearing emphasizes the true identity of all children and their caregivers, the importance of relationship, and the value of adversity. They offer a practical perspective that inspires caring adults to change an "at-risk" situation into an "at-promise" reality and helps them interpret adversity to build character. Solidly grounded in tested educational and psychological theory combined with timeless biblical wisdom, Children At Promise provides nine key principles for raising successful children of P.R.O.M.I.S.E. character.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was instrumental in changing my parenting paradigm, but it's message is not limited to parents. It can speak to anyone who relates to children and teens. The book advocates the value and promise of every child, regardless of that child's exposure to aspects of the environment that we, as a society, have labelled "risky". But don't expect a lot of feel-good psycho-babble. This view of child-relating is clear and challenging. The "at promise perspective" has given me a renewed hope, not only for my own kids, but for myself, and for those I previously would have viewed as "hopeless". This changed outlook has prompted me to react so much more positively to adverse circumstances. It is a concept that just makes sense!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I recently heard Mr. Stuart speak at a teacher convention - giving a brief overview of this book. Not very often do you get new insights into the theories of education and the art of mentoring. Usually teaching seminars are just tune-ups on the basics. There was a lot of truth that seemed intuitive in Mr. Stuart's findings, but his approach is definitely unique, and I greatly appreciated hearing his thoughts. I think his ideas are useful for teachers who struggle with at-risk students (both the privileged and non-privileged types), and as far as I can tell that's pretty much all of us. I highly recommend this book as a great resource for teachers who are interested in growing in their ability to mentor students effectively.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurie McAllister on October 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What an enlightening message these two authors have to share! Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will want to get this book into the hands of all adults who impact the lives of the children they love. Truly this book offers a fresh perspective and a hope for all with a concern for kids and their impact on our society in the future. As a parent, I have been motivated to continually examine my parenting tactics in light of these concepts. This is a "must read" for parents and educators alike.
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By Carolyn Evans on November 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I saw this book in a teacher's classroom when I was substituting for her. I am a retired teacher, and was intrigued by the title and the few pages I had time to read, so I ordered it. It is wonderful! I am sharing it with many of my friends who are parents and/or educators.
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