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AWARDS: 
- Mom's Choice Gold -- The best in family-friendly media
- Kidlutions -- Enhancing the social & emotional development of children.
- Nautilus Silver -- Promoting spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change.

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"A treasure trove of strategies parents can use to help their children interact with peers, teachers and family members...The vignettes will be achingly familiar for most parents...This forgiving, intelligent [book] will help parents teach their kids that there's more to life than academic achievement."
-- Kirkus Reviews

“This book is a literal Godsend. Parents will find great wisdom in its pages.”
Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“A smart, deeply perceptive and important book.” 
Wendy Mogel, PhD, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

"This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too."
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

“Filled with vignettes and strategies for raising smart kids to become healthy, happy and contributing adults.”
Vicki Abeles, Producer, Race to Nowhere

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"This book is a literal Godsend. Parents will find great wisdom in its pages."
- Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"A smart, deeply perceptive and important book."
- Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

"This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too.
- Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

"A fresh parenting book filled with vignettes and strategies for raising smart kids to become healthy, happy and contributing adults."
- Vicki Abeles, producer and co-director of Race to Nowhere
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470640057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470640050
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of all the parenting books I've read, this one stands out as truly exceptional. (And, P.S. I generally dislike parenting books for being irritating, guilt-inducing, and over-generalizing.) But, this book? I could read a chapter, easily understand the research and strategies, and immediately apply what I learned moments later. There was so much I needed, and this book really helped me!

In the "Tempering Perfectectionism" section I'm applying what the authors call "reflect" and "resist the temptation to offer pointers." So hard! That means, I'm not arguing when my daughter says, "I can't do math," but reflecting her words by saying "You're feeling frustrated about math." In this same chapter, I'm applying the "no excuses, only plans" strategy. This means, I don't argue with her statement that she can't do math, reflectively listen, and then I ask her, "What do you think you could do that might help?" \

I could write a book about this book so I better skip to chapter six on developing motivation, which is "a state, not a trait." The authors break motivation into what we already know -extrinsic and intrinsic -- but take it further and show that extrinsic motivation is three kinds - situation-based, approval-based, and value-based. Value-based motivation is the most "robust form" say the authors and stems from "children's consciously chosen and personally meaningful ideals." Who knew? I didn't and while I'm all for intrinsic motivation as much as possible, it's not always going to happen when you have to memorize multiplication tables, or go into the hospital for mandatory tests like we had to last week. So, this section is a must read -- and more realistic than other books that demand only intrinsic motivation.
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I am always on the lookout for good books on parenting, both as a parent and as an educational consultant. When I saw Smart Parenting for Smart Kids I knew I wanted to read it. My children are middle-graders with a new set of challenges from their toddler years, and I am a working mom with new challenges in my household management, parenting included! However, I didn't want a book on how to be a parent. I wanted one that helped me tackle specific issues as I helped my children to succeed in life. This was the perfect book for me.

Right off, I liked the tone in this book. It was intelligent, yet compassionate, chock-full of parenting insight and child psychology, yet practical and very readable. This book took me a long time to finish reading because it needs to be absorbed and it made me think a lot. It made me question my actions and my motives and had me observing more closely my children and their reactions toward my response whether positive or negative.

I'm on the bandwagon of parents who want to offer their kids good opportunities for learning, immersing our family in music lessons, extracurricular activities, sports, volunteering, homework supervision and so on. But I've learned to watch out for stress signals and to balance our family life so as not to be over-scheduled. Yet, I still struggle with this and reading Smart Parenting has assuaged my fears that my kids would be left out if not fully involved in activities that help them grow in some aspect of their life.

The chapters I focused on the most were: Tempering Perfectionism, which had me re-evaluating the way I supervise homework (I'm the perfectionist, not my kids!
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Where were you, Eileen, when I struggled as a child, unaware why people didn't understand me? Where was this book when I was dealing with two bright kids? This book is jargon-free, very readable and even more important, realistic about the challenges faced by smart kids, so many of whom are socially clueless. It's also realistic about how hard we as parents have to work to keep such children challenged, and to keep them from alienating both other children and adults. Among the many comments that ring true with me is "doesn't understand status difference between adults and children." How many times I have had to deal with adults who insinuated that I was encouraging my child to condescend to them. The examples are brief, with informative explanations of what issue is demonstrated in each, and the recommendations for handling the issue make sense and sound reasonably easy to implement. My children are young adults now, but the advice on handling disappointments can still be put to use...and some of your content may help with the bright guy I'm married to!
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This book addresses something I worry about frequently - making sure my children reach their potential. I have opposite ends of the academic spectrum with both a special needs child and very "bright" and "high potential" children - as referred to by their teachers. This book outlines the challenges we face parenting these "high potential" kids, and some very tangible solutions.
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Drs.Kennedy-Moore and Lowenthal write with compassion, and even occasional humor. They support and reassure parents who wonder whether our culture's emphasis on 24/7 academics and activities for our kids will help them become the type of adults we want, and society needs them to be. The perfect antidote for the "tiger mom" syndrome. - Michelle, New Jersey.
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