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The Confident Child: Raising Children to Believe in Themselves Paperback – December 1, 2006


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"We understand far more about how self-esteem can be damaged in childhood--through neglect or abuse--than we do about how it can be fostered, preserved, and reinforced," author Terri Apter writes in The Confident Child: Raising Children to Believe in Themselves. Apter aims to help parents recognize problems in a child's "self theory" (a child's self-image and ideas about her potential), and to help the child "sustain positive attitudes and correct destructive ones." In clear, concise prose, The Confident Child focuses on the age span from 5 to 15, the time in life when self-esteem and confidence are at their most delicate and are the most sensitive to nurturing. Chapters cover assessing a child's self-esteem, being an imperfect parent without ruining your child's life (managing anger, grief, and disappointment), working within the delicate balance of discipline (teaching your child to be ashamed of her behavior but not of herself), success and failure at school, the effects of sibling rivalry, social confidence, and the early teen years. Much of the material in The Confident Child is original; Apter, a social psychologist and researcher and author of Altered Loves, conducted a five-year study that is the basis of this compassionate and practical book. Yet Apter also owes a debt to the works of Erik Erickson, Daniel Goleman, and others. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Convincing, well-written and truly helpful . . . suggests concrete ways for parents to help their children like themselves and feel confident.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Terri Apter convinces the reader that she is on our side. . . . Her wisdom is tempered by warmth and a rueful acknowledgment that she hasn’t always got it right herself, which is totally disarming.” (Mary Hoffman, author of Amazing Grace)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (December 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393328961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393328967
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I finally found a parenting book that doesn't preach to me, or give 'quick-fix' answers. Instead, "The Confident Child...", helps me understand myself, and why I parent the way I do. It helps me to understand my daughter's emotions better which in turn helps me help her.
I especially like the "How to be an Imperfect Parent Without Ruining Your Childs Life" chapter. Wonderful suggestions, that are working in the real world.
With the assistance of this book Terri Apter has helped me pinpoint why my daughter's self-esteem issues arise. She's not the angry perfectionist I thought she was. Now I know where to start!
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By Nicole Soeder on December 26, 2013
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This is a great book. As a middle school teacher, and mother of a daughter - I cannot emphasize how important self-confidence is for girls.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2007
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Excellent pointers on how to boost your childs self confidence and performance as a result.
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