* * * * * Conflict resolution sensitively illustrated: Part II (Sep 15, 2013)
By Grady Harp- TOP 50 REVIEWER
Shimrit Nothman, with a BA in Psychology and Communication from Haifa University and a MA in Conflict Resolution form Tel Aviv University, has focused on her own history of fear of public speaking and stage fright by becoming an honored debater. She now writes and speaks widely about conflict resolution and here she demonstrates that depth of knowledge in a very well written book with excellent illustrations by Basra Owais.
If by chance you haven't read Shimrit Nothman's book NO, IT'S MINE then try to obtain both that book and this one because they tell the same story from different points of view. It is a story about sibling rivalry and resolutions to same. IN this book the main character is Justine (Benjy's sister) who notices her bear is missing from her toy box. Distraught, she searches the house, and fears her missing bear may not find his way home. But at that point she finds Benjy her brother using her teddy bear as a knight for his Kings and Queens game and she is outraged, getting her bear back through a temper fit by Benjy. She seeks advice from her toy bunny who suggests she act like nothing happened when she sees her brother in the morning. Further advice form her toy kangaroo encourages Justine to simply request Benjy not to use her toys without asking. Even her teddy bear advise Justine to give Benjy a hug and share love.
Shimrit Nothman adds pages in these books to advise parents how to cope with and constructively deal with sibling rivalry, so the book is not only the opportunity to show children both sides of a disagreement, but a chance for parents to jump into the lesson!
About the Author
Shimrit Nothman was always terrified of Public Speaking. Perhaps that's the reason that the first thing she did at university was to join the university's debating team.
After completing her BA in Psychology and Communication
at Haifa University, and concluding her role as the President of her University's Debating club
, she joined the Debate Company. Shimrit lectured all around Israel, teaching children and adults from all walks of life how to overcome stage fright, and acquire effective communication tools.
Shimrit Nothman had perfected the art of Conflict Resolution at a very young age. Her method was: AVOID CONFLICTS AT ALL COST!
Later on in life, she decided that other methods may work better, and so she attended Tel Aviv University, where she received her Masters in Conflict Resolution.
Shimrit lived in Australia for a few years before returning to her native Israel with her young family.
Today she writes conflict management children's and parenting books as well as a biweekly column at the JPost about conflict-resolution in the family, named Family Matters.