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How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children...and Parents Too! Updated Edition [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Newmark
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How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children is a wake-up call to America that we are abandoning our children emotionally. Failure to support our children's emotional health at home and in schools is jeopardizing their future and that of our nation. The book has a compelling and provocative message about parent-child relations. It provides powerful and practical concepts and tools that enable parents, teachers, and childcare providers to interact with children and with each other in emotionally healthy ways. In the process, children learn to interact with each other in the same way. How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children, shows parents and teachers how to nourish emotional health at home and at school. Failure to meet these emotional needs of our children is one of the most serious and under-recognized problems facing our country. The book enables parents to recognize and satisfy the five critical emotional needs that all children have: to feel respected, important, accepted, included, and secure, and in the process, parents will have their own needs satisfied too. Babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, parents and grandparents all have these same emotional needs. Meeting these needs in childhood provides the foundation for success in school, work, relationships, marriage and life in general.


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About the Author

Dr. Gerald Newmark's specialty for several decades has been people. He has had experience at every level of education from elementary school to university as a teacher, consultant or researcher. He has lectured extensively in the United States, and periodically in Europe, Japan and Mexico on doctor-patient, manager-employee, parent-child-teacher relations, and on innovative methods of teaching and learning. In these venues, he captivated his varied audiences with his ability to connect with all cultures and groups and penetrate quickly to the heart of the subject. In non-technical, straightforward language he conveys his messages in an interesting and entertaining manner so as to produce understanding, learning, and smiles. He speaks French and German fluently and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian. For 15 years, he was a research scientist, first with the Rand Corporation and later with the System Development Corporation, where his work focused on the design, development, and evaluation of innovative training and instructional systems for public schools and military programs. With funding from the Ford Foundation, Dr. Newmark worked with children, parents, and teachers in Los Angeles city schools as co-director of a project to develop a model school. The results of this effort are described in his book, This School Belongs to You and Me: Every Learner a Teacher, Every Teacher a Learner. For this work, Dr. Newmark received a presidential citation. With his latest book, How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting the Five Critical Needs of Children... and Parents Too!, Dr. Newmark focuses on improving parent, child, teacher, family, and school relations as a foundation for creating an emotional-health-friendly nation. An important aspect of Dr. Newmark s adult life has been participation in civil rights and youth affairs. He was involved for six years with the Synanon Foundation in its pioneering work in the treatment of drug addiction, and with Operation Bootstrap in Central Los Angeles in projects to improve inter-racial relations. He has been a consultant to the California Special Olympics and the California State Department of Education. Dr. Newmark has served on the advisory boards of the National Commission on Resources for Youth, the Center for ReUniting Families, and two drug abuse programs Amity, Inc. in Arizona, and Tuum Est (now Phoenix House) in Los Angeles. He is presently on the Board of the Catticus Foundation. Dr. Newmark is a member of the American Association of Humanistic Psychology, the Charles F. Menninger Society, and the National Association For The Mentally Ill.

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  • Publisher: NMI Publishers; Updated Edition edition (January 6, 2011)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What parents want to know but don't know who to ask November 10, 2008
Format:Paperback
My husband and I were very young parents with not a clue as how to raise our children. Our lives and our
children's lives would have been so much easier if this book had only been written then. We go to school to
learn the 3 R's, but there is no school for parenting. This book is so insightful, and makes so much sense, it
should be read by every person who has or expects to have children.
Thank you Dr. Newmark. Your book will have a positive effect on all the children and parents who read and use
it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Short MUST read for ALL Parents... November 9, 2008
Format:Paperback
"How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children" is a simple, easy-to-follow guide that teaches parents how to communicate respectfully with their children. The book is based on their 5 critical needs: feeling respected, important, accepted, included and secure (don't we all want this?) and how to meet these needs. All I had to do was just shift my thinking a bit to implement the strategies. The strategies make sense and they work - not only communicating with my teenagers (yes, with teenagers) but with my husband and my co-workers, too. The bottom-line: Why didn't I think of this?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The absence of emotional illness does not actually mean emotional health just as the absence of disease does not actually mean the presence of health. Perhaps I am not the intended audience for this book which is why I didn't enjoy it. Given all the good reviews on Amazon, I'm glad that there are people who have benefited from the book.

Having said that, here were some of the issues I had with the book:

Newmark appears to be attempting to make amends for his own childrearing mistakes.

Much of the actual good advice in the book seems to be geared toward emotionally unhealthy/abusive adults who are raising children.

If you have common sense and are reflective, then this book may be too elementary for you.

What really bothered me about the book was the anecdotes Newmark uses -- they don't sound real. For example on page 30-31, Newmark talks about a family meeting in which 11 year old Robert tells his mother that she is "being 'miscellaneoused' to death." I highly doubt that those words actually came from a real 11 year old boy. In another anecdote on page 55, a mother is impatiently trying to change the diaper of her 4-month-old. Her father says nothing but decides to call her on the phone later on and "tactfully" critiqued her and made a suggestion on how to handle the baby so that there was less fussing. Supposedly the very next day, mom calls her dad to thank him for his advice. First of all, most people don't take criticism very well no matter how tactful it is; so I have a hard time believing someone so insensitive to their baby today would be calling her father to thank him the very next day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense Parenting November 18, 2008
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How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children...And Parents Too! Updated Edition
Parenting is the toughest job we can ever love. Yet in these challenging times many parents find they need help to cope. This book offers practical ideas to create the families we want - families that respect one another, where all feel secure, accepted, important and included. This is the framework that helps parents examine how they treat family members and themselves. Filled with examples from toddlers to teens, parents will find this book easy and enjoyable to read.
As a parent and a parent educator, my favorite chapter is chapter 4: "Becoming a Professional Parent: Child rearing is too important to leave to chance." In this chapter, Dr. Newmark discusses practical ideas to apply strategies used by professionals to the art of parenting. For example, parents need to develop a game plan and make conscious choices of how they use their time. This means having priorities straight and developing a plan to create the home and family life that is important to them. And professionals monitor their own progress and are willing to adjust plans and to get creative to meet goals. Parents are encouraged to keep a journal to note progress and challenges.
We have used the book as the basis of reading groups and parents report how helpful it is because it gives parents a way to make decisions about which strategy is best for their children and the emotional health of each family member.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Information that Will Help Everyone March 15, 2014
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This book rises well above the texts I had to read and implement while employed as an elementary school teacher. It also considers the rights and emotional health of a child rather than only the wants of an adult who is "in charge". This book can serve as a guide to help teachers to create a positive environment with the help of students and parents.

It is my opinion that How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children...And Parents Too! is useful and respectful to both children and adults. This book gives as much or as little support as a family or classroom needs. It is easy to create a positive, gentle, caring, and respectful environment with the help of this text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is such an amazing tool! Not only for parents but for anyone who is working with children. Read more
Published 10 days ago by erika
5.0 out of 5 stars friends and love ones. I highly recommend this instrument of...
Not only is this book the bedrock of my own life skills. It has become an institution of higher thinking in regard to all aspects my own relationships with my family, friends and... Read more
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Published 20 days ago by Kim Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Guiding principles for hearing our children.
The beauty of the book is that it brings to the forefront 5 simple but profound needs. If we can recall these, particularly at times of conflict, we have already done a better job.
Published 29 days ago by Playgroup Los Angeles
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Raise Emotional Healthy Children is an easy book to read
How to Raise Emotional Healthy Children is an easy book to read, it is not a book just to raise children but the 5 critical needs are also very important in ALL relationships, it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ana perez
2.0 out of 5 stars It's largely trite.
Just read the first chapter, the rest is filler and examples. I really don't want to offend, but I feel a bit unsettled by all of the glowing reviews considering how simple and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe Says
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Great read
Published 2 months ago by Diane
3.0 out of 5 stars For Parents
I recommend this book especially parents with young children.
It is essential to start at an early age to educate our children.
They see in us who imitate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mygsasha
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good read
Published 5 months ago by O's Ma
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the book shelf
A guide as well as a book designed to be a constant reference during parenthood. Easy read. Not hard to comprehend or follow through.
Published 6 months ago by Angel
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More About the Author

The Children's Project www.emotionallyhealthychildren.org
Mission Statement:
"By creating a positive atmosphere in which people interact with people in ways that make everyone feel respected, important, accepted, included and secure, we can become a powerful force for developing emotionally healthy and high-achieving children, families, and schools--our own and those of others. And, who knows, if enough of us get involved, we might just change the world."


Dr. Newmark's focus for several decades has been on "people." He has had experience at every level of education from elementary school to university as a teacher, consultant or researcher. He has lectured extensively in the United States, and periodically in Europe, Japan and Mexico on parent-child-teacher relations. In all these venues, he captivated audiences with his ability to connect with all cultures and groups and penetrate quickly to the heart of the subject. In a straightforward, non-technical language, he conveys information in an interesting and entertaining manner.

Presently, Dr. Newmark is President of The Children's Project, a non-profit organization co-founded with his wife, Deborah. Their focus is on developing emotionally healthy children, families, schools, communities, and cities. Through The Children's Project, 410,000 copies have been sold of Dr. Newmark's latest book, How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting the Five Critical Needs of Children...and Parents Too! The book has been translated into Spanish, Hungarian, Hebrew, German, Russian, Catalan and Braille in USA, with new translations soon to appear in China and India.

Previously, for 15 years he was a Human Factors Scientist, first with the Rand Corporation and later the System Development Corporation. There his work focused on the design, development, and evaluation of innovative training and instructional systems for military programs and public schools.

Under a seven-year Ford Foundation grant, Dr. Newmark worked with children, parents, and teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District as co-director of a project to develop a model school. The results of this effort are described in his book, This School Belongs to You and Me: Every Learner a Teacher, Every Teacher a Learner. For this work, Dr. Newmark received a presidential citation.

An important aspect of Dr. Newmark's adult life has been participation in civil and youth affairs. He was involved for six years with the Synanon Foundation and participated in its pioneering work in the treatment of drug addiction and with Operation Bootstrap in Central Los Angeles in projects to improve inter-racial relations. He has been a consultant to the California Special Olympics and the California State Department of Education. Dr. Newmark has served on the advisory boards of the National Commission on Resources for Youth, the Center for Reuniting Families and two drug abuse prevention programs -- Amity, Inc. in Arizona, and Tuum Est in Los Angeles (now Phoenix House).

Dr. Newmark is a member of the American Association of Humanistic Psychology, the Charles F. Menninger Society, the National Association For The Mentally Ill, the Rand Corporation Alumni Association, and the National Effective Parenting Initiative (NEPI).





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