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"From discipline, resourcefulness, and finding time for family, 'Working Parents, Thriving Families' is wise reading, enthusiastically recommended." -Midwest Book Review, reviewed by James Cox, June 2011 (Midwest Book Review 2011-06-01)

"...I know that if you are a parent you will find nuggets of great information in this book as well! The book was an easy read and was one that, is best read together, if possible!" -Dad of Divas Blog, July 2011 (Dad of Divas Blog 2011-07-07)

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Finally, a straightforward, lighthearted, and research-based parenting book for working parents who want to do the best they can for their children in the time they have together. Board-certified child psychologist and university professor David J. Palmiter Jr., PhD, distills the broad and complex endeavor of parenting into ten effective strategies for promoting happy and well-adjusted children (and parents) in busy households. These ten simple and achievable strategies are proven to help children develop a healthy self-esteem, feel safe and connected to the family, make good decisions, and develop independence and resilience. Taking an “edutainment” approach, Dr. Palmiter holds your attention and makes you laugh out loud at situations you’ll quickly recognize from your own parenting experiences. A working father with three beloved children of his own, Dr. Palmiter understands the crazy, hectic schedules and challenges today’s parents face every day.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934716146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934716144
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Probably like you, I wear many hats: dad, practicing clinical psychologist, husband, psychology professor, dog owner, clinic director, coach, author, sports fan, yada yada.

I have 3.0 children (though if you count my neurotic Portuguese Water Dog, make that 3.5...my wife counts me and so declares 4.0) and have been married for 20+ years (yikes). As painful as it is, I'm also a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins, and like to fish, golf and play low stakes poker.

In my professional life I direct an outpatient mental health clinic in Scranton, PA (no, I don't know Michael Scott--he moved anyway), teach doctoral courses in psychology, provide counseling services, do loads of public education and serve on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation. For those suffering from insomnia my entire CV can be found at www.helpingfamilies.com.

I like to have an ongoing relationship with my readers. This is why I have a website devoted to providing resources for material related to my book (www.resilientyouth.com), a blog (www.hecticparents.com) and a Twitter feed (@helpingparents). I hope my book and these resources can help to put air under your wings as you endeavor to raise a happy and reslient child/children who will help to save the world.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Polizzi on March 30, 2011
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David Palmiter, PhD. has a breakthrough book. As an educator and parent of a 7 year old and a 16 month old, I have found this book the perfect bedside reference once the kids have gone to sleep. I know many parents started with Murkoff and Mazel's "What to Expect When you are Expecting" then followed up with Penelope Leach's "Your Baby and Your Child", well, "Working Parents Thriving Families: 10 Strategies That Make A Difference", comes next.

Working Parents, Thriving Families is like having a skilled clinical psychologist at hand to coach you through, with humor and grace, some of the common, but very difficult and challenging aspects of family life in the 21st century. The 10 strategies offered (special time, celebrate your child's competencies, monitor your child, family rituals, sound discipline, promoting healthy decision making, care of yourself and your significant other, emphasize a healthy life style, collaborative relationships, getting help if necessary)are each delivered through identifiable vignettes, research findings, thoughtful exercises and pitch perfect humor.

My wife and I have been able to pick up and read any chapter and find the material relevant and wise-interesting and important discussions have followed. We are finding and believe that Dr. Palmiter's strategies will help in developing the type of uniquely happy family parents seek to create through their efforts. Just knowing this book is in our house has already built our confidence-providing wise insight that is helping us through our busy days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Knapp on June 22, 2011
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The goal of this book is help the average parent of children age 4 to 12 raise "a loving person who works hard to exercise his or her God-given talents in relationships and service" (p. 7).

Most parents raise their own children based on the way that they were raised. However, parents of today have to deal with different problems (or different manifestations of the old problems) than the generation of parents before them. Furthermore, although they may appreciate the guidance and love shown by their own parents, many want to build upon the strengths of those who raised them. This book helps them achieve those goals.

Sometimes parents with basically good skills have knowledge gaps (such as giving too much importance to self-esteem or the power of praise), or performance gaps (such as knowing that they need to monitor their children's activities more closely, but having problems translating that goal into action). Even the best parents aren't perfect, make mistakes, and at times can become ill -tempered, distracted, over worked, or tired. Dr. Palmiter's book addresses both knowledge and performance gaps.

Dr. Palmiter structures the book around ten common sense and achievable strategies for parenting. Each chapter combines personal stories, case studies, and strategies interspersed with interesting quotations. The formats of the chapters are the same with a brief statement of the strategy (such as monitoring your child), a description of the strategy, and ending with the skeptical parents challenge. The strategies are based on research findings (detailed references appear at the end of the book), but they are presented in manner making them accessible to the average reader, and devoid of jargon and technical language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John J Lemoncelli on July 22, 2011
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There are many books on parenting but, in my opinion, none of them are as well researched and well-written written as Dr. David Palimiter's "Working Parents Thriving Families." For years, I have been disillusioned by the fact that while the most important task we humans can undertake is parenting and raising a healthy loving person, there is very little if any training or education for this task. Dr. Palimiter's book truly addresses that reality and offers 10 different strategies to assist parents in creating a healthy environment in which their children can thrive.
I particularly enjoyed Dr. Palimiter's humorous approach to dispelling the myth that no parent can be perfect, and no child is perfect, and sets a tone where we can being to laugh at ourselves and the sometimes "insanity" of our world. The book guides parents to appreciate the gifts and talents they themselves have and likewise to appreciate, respect, and support the gifts and talents of each individual child.
I respect the fact that this book does not take the "cookbook' approach to parenting but rather serves as an excellent and precise guide to develop a healthy family, including the importance of self-care for the parent or parents. This is truly a must read book for parents, and Dr.Palimiter is to be commended for making this wonderful information available to parents in such a readable format that beams love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adriane L. Heine on April 2, 2011
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Busy and no time, my husband and I felt our attempts at being good parents and having a great family unit were failing. The book has breathed new life back into our relationship and that with our kids. we look forward to reading it aloud to each other. It's the best counselor we ever had.
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How often do self-help books make you laugh out loud, AND give you sound advice? Dr. Palmiter's clever book does just that, with large doses of both. A dietician once told me that you should only buy a cookbook if you can flip through and immediately find three recipes that you would really use. If you apply that same advice to "Working Families, Thriving Families", you'll be amazed at how many simple "strategies that make a difference" will catch your eye- even on a "flip-through"!
As a family doc, girl scout leader, and happy mom of teenagers, I was somewhat smug picking up this book, thinking perhaps my husband might need it more than I...after all, part of my job is counseling families. I want to tell you that I not only learned from it, but have successfully APPLIED several of the strategies Dr. Palmiter suggests, and have been delighted with the results! Order this book, read it, and don't stop there- USE IT.
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