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Nurturing the Shy Child: Practical Help for Raising Confident and Socially Skilled Kids and Teens Paperback – July 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312329784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312329785
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have been waiting for a book like this to be written. The special needs of shy children have been ignored for too long. The Markways share their tremendous understanding of childhood social anxiety, and have given us a gem of a book that every parent, teacher, pediatrician, and family friend of a shy child should read."
- Murray B. Stein MD, MPH, co-author of Triumph over Shyness: Overcoming Shyness & Social Anxiety

"The Markways understand that some children are just shy while many others experience the impairment of social anxiety, selective mutism and/or school refusal. They've created a practical guide for parents to help all such children to 'be all they can be.'"
- Christine Stanley, Executive Director, Selective Mutism Group - Childhood Anxiety Network

"This book should be required reading for all who work with shy children. Teachers will gain sensitivity toward the children and many techniques on how to better work with and support the children and their families. I wish this book had been available when I directed an early childhood program. It is easy to think back to how we could better have helped Jonathan, Alana, Brianna, Brian...."
- Kathy R Thornburg Ph.D, Director of the Center for Family Policy & Research, University of Missouri

"The Markways are wonderful writers who have demonstrated the realities that individuals suffering from anxiety endure. They have the unique ability to touch others by the stories in their book, and can explain the various anxiety disorders that enable a thorough understanding. I highly recommend this book!"
- Elisa Shipon-Blum DO, President & Director, Selective Mutism Anxiety Research & Treatment Center; CEO & Executive Medical Director, Selective Mutism Group Childhood Anxiety Network, author of Understanding Katie

About the Author

Barbara G. Markway, Ph.D., is a psychologist and co-author of Painfully Shy and Dying of Embarrassment. A nationally-recognized expert, she has appeared on Good Morning America and has been featured in The New York Times, Prevention, Women's World, Shape, and other prominent national publications. Together with her husband, Greg, she was a part of an award-winning documentary, Afraid of People, which aired throughout the country. Dr. Markway practices in Jefferson City, Missouri where she is the director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Center of Mid-Missouri.

Gregory P. Markway, Ph.D., co-wrote Painfully Shy with his wife, Barbara. He has been featured in national magazines such as Health, Men's Health, and Bottom Line Personal. Dr. Markway, also a psychologist, practices in Jefferson City and was previously an adjunct faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine. When he's not helping others overcome their anxiety, he enjoys coaching youth baseball and offering sports enhancement services.

More About the Author

Barbara Markway, Ph.D., is a psychologist and author. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: the New York Times, Washington Post, Today Show, and Good Morning America. Her first book, Dying of Embarrassment, has been named one of the most scientifically valid self-help books in a study published in Professional Psychology, Research and Practice.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neast on January 3, 2013
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I learned a lot from this when working with my 9 years old child that was extremely shy. Although she has now grown out of the shyness, I credit some of the tips from this book for helping through the ordeal.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joelle Povolni on December 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book has been awesome in helping me to understand my child more and learn ways to help him over come his anxiety and fears. I would highly recommend this book!
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Format: Hardcover
This book deals with shyness (an UNREASONABLE fear of social interaction) and as far as dealing with shyness only it's allright, maybe worth a rating of 4.
However the book cover says "Confident and Socially Skilled Kids and Teens" and falls far short of that promise.
Merely eliminating shyness is not enough. As the book points out, once a child no longer is shy, he needs social skills. He may no longer be afraid but needs to have the skills to initiate and maintain a conversation, call others on the phone, ask to play with others, invite others, and so on. Only one chapter (Chapter 8) deals with this and provides little advice; just basics like having the parent invite another child over (may be ok for younger children but not older ones and teens) and tells readers to look for books about making friends in the bibliography. None of the books in the bibliography is described as helping with that.
The advice on dealing with bullies (just a brief portion of Chapter 8) is simplistic: tell a teacher (as if teachers always put a stop to it) agree with the bully when he insults you (how's that for raising self confidence?) always have buddies around since bullies like to attack those who are alone (well duh but the shy isolated kid doesn't have buddies, by definition.)
And finally, even getting rid of shyness and developing social skills often isn't enough. Sometimes kids are excluded because they're ugly, or too good looking (and others are jealous,) not very intelligent, or too intelligent (again making others jealous,) wear poorly fitting unfashionable clothes (as the model on the cover) are not good at sports, don't have expensive toys, and sometimes even for hard-to-fathom reasons.
Unfortunately the advice in the book isn't of much help.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Koerner on September 19, 2011
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This book was somewhat helpful. Since every child is different, it's hard to know what will work and what won't. I found a few helpful tips in the book.
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6 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Frustrated mommy on February 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was a good book, but wasn't really what I was looking for to help me understand my son. My son isn't really "shy", but sometimes struggles what to say to his peers or how to act in social settings. I think this book would be a good book for someone who truly does have a shy child. It just wasn't what I was looking for.
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