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.
As a mother of a kindergartner, I'm glad to have read this book and know I will come back to it through the years.
By "positive" pushing, Dr. Taylor refers not only to the way we should encourage our children to succeed, but also to how we should measure that success.
The ideas are well-integrated with research findings as well as reflecting Dr. Taylor's own considerable clinical experience.
Not very readable. Long stretches of narrative and is not organized visually.Published 6 months ago by Geneva
The book is addressed to parents, but written as a scientific article. It's not interesting to read. Read morePublished 8 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 12 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 22 months ago 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