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Put Yourself in Their Shoes: Understanding How Your Children See the World [Paperback]

Barbara Meltz
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February 16, 1999 0440508231 978-0440508236 1st
Wouldn't parenting be easier if you could see into the mind of your child?

Learn to hear what your child can't or won't tell you--and

Understand Behavior
Build Values
Nurture Closeness
Solve Problems

In her popular Boston Globe column "Child Caring," Barbara Meltz has been writing about real-life parenting issues for more than a decade.  She has found that instead of divorce or moving--the situations parents think of as stressful--children's concerns are often linked to commonplace events such as sleepovers or the first day of school.

In this wise, compassionate book, Meltz offers parents a unique window into their child's inner life.  She includes candid, illuminating observations from kids themselves and offers advice on what to ask, listen for, or observe to decode puzzling behavior. . . how to get a child to talk about his or her problems. . . and how to find the best way to solve conflicts.  By focusing on developmental trouble spots, not age, her approach is as helpful to the parents of a two-year-old as to those of a twelve-year-old.  From keeping secrets to going to camp to larger issues, such as stealing or death in the family, Put Yourself in Their Shoes offers a way to see inside a child's world--and help to make it safe and strong.

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A columnist by trade (Boston Globe, Child Rearing), Meltz has opportunity to interview a range of child development experts. Her book addresses almost every issue affecting children into their teen years. Siblings, drugs, biting, clothing, homosexuality, blended families, Disney movies, summer camp, hero worship, bullies, and more?every milestone (and millstone) parents face is included. Meltz dispenses straightforward and specific advice about how to handle various crises of child rearing. Traditionalists may quarrel with Meltz's opinions concerning gays and open communication with children; she espouses a commitment to truthfulness, setting firm limits, and trying to see the world from the child's viewpoint. Though lacking a formal introduction or summation, this is a good encyclopedic handbook to use as needed through the childhood years. Extensive notes and recommendations take the place of a formal bibliography. More practical than academic, this should circulate very well in public libraries.?Margaret Cardwell, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"What a wonderful collection-of stories, of understanding your child, and of suggestions about how to deal with the issues.  And [Meltz] addresses issues no one else dares to face...well researched and beautifully presented."
--T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

"A truly accessible guide that is right on target in helping parents to understand their children, whatever their age.  Barbara Meltz offers solid, important information that is highly readable and never preachy."
--Nancy Samalin, M.S., author of Loving Each One Best, and director of Parent Guidance Workshops, New York City

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; 1st edition (February 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508236
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This parent friendly book offers insightful advice and practical information on a range of perplexing child rearing issues. The perspective of the child is unique and invaluable. As a psychologist, author (The Complete Single Mother)and the single mother of two, I recommend this thoughtful and thorough book as a "must have". You will turn to this book again and again for help with a wide range of challening parenting problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Empowering to both Parents and Children November 16, 1999
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Recently, I wrote Ms. Meltz regarding one of her regular parenting columns in the Boston Globe. Then, I remembered that I had a copy of her book, Put Yourself In Their Shoes, and e-mailed her the following day: I am glad that Dr. Brazelton encouraged you to undertake your column and predicated that you would write a book. I bought your book for reference purposes and I want you to know that I enjoy referring to it. To me, it is a breath of fresh air. You share information and observations WITH parents, about their children, in a refreshing manner .... with a voice that is empathetic to both ... you don't talk AT them. Thanks again.
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Elizabeth Milligan Maynard, MA
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect blend of information and advice! May 6, 1999
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A highly readable book with just the right blend of research and advice. Written in a clear yet entertaining voice, Barbara Meltz has zeroed in on experiences that parents have, and behavior that children show, that troubles us. Whether it's a child's lie or a fear, you can read her insight and expert advice know that there is a solution. You come away feeling that, with the right parenting, you and your children can survive almost anything. In an age when every parent seems to shudder daily, this book is a welcoome sight and read. I'm buying a copy for every parent in my family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect blend of information and advice! May 6, 1999
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A highly readable book with just the right blend of research and advice. Written in a clear yet entertaining voice, Barbara Meltz has zeroed in on experiences that parents have, and behavior that children show, that troubles us. Whether it's a child's lie or a fear, you can read her insight and expert advice know that there is a solution. You come away feeling that, with the right parenting, you and your children can survive almost anything. In an age when every parent seems to shudder daily, this book is a welcoome sight and read. I'm buying a copy for every parent in my family!
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