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Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child Paperback – April 23, 2003
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In building a model of successful achievers, Taylor skewers the self-esteem movement for protecting kids from disappointment and mistakes--the very experiences that build sturdy self-regard. He urges parents to separate their needs from their children's. His marching orders are clear and compelling: guide kids to discover a passion; express love apart from achievement; create a human being, not a "human doing"; use boundaries to construct a safe harbor; and demand accountability. Most important, put kids in charge by teaching them that the results they produce depend on their efforts and actions. Taylor describes red-flag warnings to keep parents on course and offers smart questions for helping kids command their achievements, asking, for example, "Why do you want to do this?" and "What would make this a really great experience for you?"
At times, Taylor's unique approach is undercut by a tendency to quote other sources. Still, his own fresh and insightful words will inspire every parent who reads this book. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Dr. Taylor has been a consultant to and has provided individual and group training to executives and businesses throughout the North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a frequent speaker at Young Presidents' Organization events internationally and a featured speaker for Natixis Global Associates, the 14th largest asset management company in the world.
Dr. Taylor has been a consultant for the United States and Japanese Ski Teams, the United States Tennis Association, and USA Triathlon, and has worked with professional and world-class athletes in tennis, skiing, cycling, triathlon, track and field, swimming, football, golf, baseball, and many other sports. He has been invited to lecture by the Olympic Committees of Spain, France, Poland, and the U.S., and has consulted with the Athletic Departments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Taylor speaks regularly to elementary and secondary schools, parent and education associations, youth-sports programs, and performing-arts organizations around the country.
Dr. Taylor has consulted with health and medical facilities around the U.S. including the Mayo Clinic, the Stone Clinic in San Francisco, The Aspen Fitness and Sports Medicine Institute, the San Francisco Bay Club, Bay Club Marin, and the J.P. Parisien Human Performance Laboratory.
He has worked with the Miami City Ballet, the Hartford Ballet Company, and the DanceAspen Summer School, and performing artists in many disciplines.
Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a former Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale and a former clinical associate professor in the Sport & Performance Psychology graduate program at the University of Denver.Â He is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and the Wright Institute in Berkeley.
Dr. Taylor's professional areas of interest include corporate performance, child development and parenting, sport psychology, coaches education, injury rehabilitation, popular culture, public education reform, and the psychology of technology.
A former alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Dr. Taylor is also a 2nd degree black belt and certified instructor in karate, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete.
He has published more than 700 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 800 workshops and presentations throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Dr. Taylor is the author or lead editor of 14 books includingÂ Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear From You (The Experiment Publishing, 2011),Â Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy ChildÂ (Hyperion, 2003),Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect ThemÂ (SourceBooks, 2005),Â The Triathlete's Guide to Mental TrainingÂ (VeloPress, 2005),Â Prime Sport: Triumph of the Athlete's MindÂ (iUniverse, 2002), andApplying Sport Psychology: Four PerspectivesÂ (lead editor, Human Kinetics, 2005). Dr. Taylor's next parenting book,Â Raising Generation Tech: Â Prepare Your Children for a Media-fueled WorldÂ (Sourcebooks), will be published in the Spring of 2012. Another book,Â Prime Dance: The Psychology of Artistry and ExcellenceÂ (Human Kinetics) will be published in the Spring of 2013.
Dr. Taylor blogs on business, sports, parenting, technology, education, politics, and popular culture on this web site, as well as on psychologytoday.com, sfgate.com (San Francisco Chronicle's web site), huffingtonpost.com, seattlepi.com, and the Hearst Interactive Media Connecticut Group web sites. His posts are aggregated by dozens of web sites worldwide and have been read by millions of people.
Dr. Taylor has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, UPN's Life & Style, ABC's World News This Weekend, and the major television network affiliates around the U.S.. He has participated in many radio shows. His research and writings have as been the subject of syndicated columns that have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. Jim has been a columnist for The Denver Post , and has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, The Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Telegraph, The Miami Herald, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, Skiing, Outside, and many other newspapers and magazines.
Dr. Taylor is a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Education Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to help underprivileged students achieve academic success.
Dr. Taylor lives north of San Francisco with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Catie and Gracie.
Top Customer Reviews
If this book has any faults, it is only that in his efforts to be clear and to hold parents accountable, Dr.Read more ›
As a psychotherapist I spend a significant amount of my time helping people to break free from all or none, black and white thinking learned --- you guessed it --- in childhood. Dr. Taylor's emphasis on an expanded definition for success lays a solid foundation for teaching children how to experience themselves outside the box of such limited thinking, setting the stage for us to offer the next generation legitimate alternatives to double-binding, self-defeating concepts of success that have nothing to do with genuine happiness.
Best selling author Alice Miller (The Drama of the Gifted Child, Breaking Down the Walls of Silence, etc) reminds us that if we are serious about changing the world, it can only begin with caring for our children. Positive Pushing will help you be a better parent --- definitely. But the book's own potential is bigger than that. Whether or not you have children, I suggest that you read this one.
- Thom Rutledge, author of Embracing Fear (HarperSanFrancisco)
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Not very readable. Long stretches of narrative and is not organized visually.Published 17 months ago by Geneva
The book is addressed to parents, but written as a scientific article. It's not interesting to read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tatiana Tikhonko
I wondered why there were so many glowing reviews as I found the book very boring to plow through but most of the reviewers have only reviewed this book so I think they are the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by a reader
I used this book for research for my paper. It's great for prospective and new parents and contains many parenting skills that deal with children in a positive light.Published on May 9, 2013 by d'Orsay08
I highly recommend this book. The ideas are wonderful. I have two boys and this book has been a great help with some issues I had. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Jason
Positive Pushing had a profound impact on how I am raising my two children. Years of expensive psychotherapy did not compare to the wise, practical advice given by Dr. Taylor. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Liz
A well thought out book that every parent will gain from. Easy read and well researched.Published on June 14, 2010 by Paul Wonsavage
Positive Pushing speaks to our times and the difficulties parents face when determining how much or how little to push their children to achieve success in life. Read morePublished on September 22, 2006 by James Bardot
If you're living vicariously through the life of your child- step out of the way. In his book Positive Pushing, Dr. Read morePublished on July 25, 2006 by Michelle Larowe