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Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings Paperback – April 1, 2011

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About the Author

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practices adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author or coauthor of several books including Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens. He is the editor of a textbook/video product for professionals, Reaching Teens: Strength Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development.  He has also worked closely with The United States Military, Boys and Girls Club of America, and Covenant House to build resilience in children, teens, and families.  He lives in Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581105517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581105513
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Ginsburg breaks it down and builds us (and our kids) up. This book helps parents understand why kids have difficulty solving their own problems. The author acknowledges clearly (as a dad of 2 teens himself) how hard it is to get out of the way while our kids are doing the hard work of growing up. Then he teaches us how to give them the skills they need so that we can have confidence in them, and let them face the challenges on their own two feet. Better yet, he tells us WHY we should and gives us the courage to do it.

Building Resilience in Children and Teens builds resilience in parents by boosting our own "7 crucial C's." Dr. Ginsburg practices what he preaches by teaching parents healthy coping mechanisms, building our confidence and competence to handle our children's pain as they make mistakes and learn to fix them on their own.

I echo the reviewer who said "Run, don't walk, to your computer to order this book!"
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I had my daughter later in life on purpose. We wanted to do a few things as husband & wife first. After having a daughter age 40 she is now turning 5 this year. We really were looking for how to help her make good choices but not be a helicopter parent. At her age you want to shield them from many things. Of course I am not talking about dangerous situations, but getting their feelings hurt or setting your goals too high. This book really helps you realize what is most important "is the journey" along the way . The importance of free play with no guidelines & letting them have an imagination on their own. Not picking them up immediately after every spill builds personal strength in a different way. Not signing them up for every activity and expecting them to preform. I have learned so much & will more than likely read it later in her life as well for a reminder for me! LOVE THIS BOOK!
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Dr. Ken Ginsburg's book, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is an engrossing read. The topic of resilience has been buzzing around parenting circles for several years now, and many books have been published offering advice, but Dr. Ginsburg's book stands apart for several reasons.

First, as a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, his writing on child development is nuanced and holistic. Not only does he understand the medical aspects of maturation, Dr. Ginsburg brings a practical, strategic, empathic stance to his subject matter.

While there's no finger-pointing or blame-laying, Dr. Ginsburg is also clear in his observations how and (more interestingly) why many parents misstep. It's a compassionate view of a complex dynamic, and as a father of two himself, he understands first-hand the challenge parents face in making sense of their actions and attitudes towards their children.

As a parent education programmer, I find that audiences are hungry for not only deep theory, but for counsel on how to effectively implement the theories. This book is a great resource, full of tips and strategies for addressing a broad range of issues that crop up parenting children and teens.

Last, Dr. Ginsburg's concepts are "sticky" -- i.e., insightful, direct and fresh. They stay with me during the day -- that's a huge compliment in this super-saturated world we live in.
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"Building Resilience in Children and Teens : Giving Kids Roots and Wings" is a must read for the mindful parent. Dr. Ginsburg, the antithesis of the Tiger Mom, encourages parents to raise future, healthy 35 year olds rather than focusing on the short term goals of a high school graduate.

Intelligent, candid and poignant, Dr. Ginsburg delivers his 7 crucial C's of resilience in a comprehensive manner and provides practical guidance in all areas of wellness. He delightfully incorporates stories from his experiences making the text extremely engaging. The combination of his medical background, parental role and professorial delivery makes him a credible advocate for children and adolescents.

In addition to being an excellent parent resource, this book is a fantastic book club selection, guide for educators, or a basic reminder of what is important in life. As a mother of four children, ages 6-15, and an educator, I highly recommend this book to all.
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As a mom of a teenager with learning differences I certainly have gone through my share of roller coaster rides that left me feeling exhausted and defeated. I am a compulsive reader, especially when it has anything to do with parenting or education so to say that I've read my share of parenting books is an understatement.

Building Resilience isn't just another parenting book -- not in my book. In all honesty, I truly appreciated the fact that he was not only a father of two teenage girls but also a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Effectively he saw and experienced both sides of the coin and in my eyes, that made him relevant and relatable to me. He also has this unique and refreshing ability to speak to parents vs. speaking down to them. He advocates for both the child and the parents.

Building Resilience presented me with many opportunities to look back on situations through a very different lens. Some of the material he speaks about isn't new to many parents but the way he communicates and frames these situations offered me plenty of ah-hah moments. Dr. Ginsburg has a great quote that I think sums up this book brilliantly - "As we raise children, our goal has to be to prepare children to be happy, healthy 35 year olds." In the end, isn't that what we as parents really want for our children?

I also want to quickly share that this is one of those books that makes you want to highlight and earmark certain pages to go back and read again when appropriate. This isn't a one time read but an incredibly valuable resource for any parent's library.
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