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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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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 21 months ago by Geneva
The book is addressed to parents, but written as a scientific article. It's not interesting to read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tatiana Tikhonko
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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
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