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The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy Paperback – August 26, 2003
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A few things struck me in particular: the idea of flow, that we are happiest when we are in activities that we get so wrapped up in that we forget ourselves, the concept that children need to learn how to fail, and how to cope with failure, that being bored is an opportunity, you needn't fill up every minute of your child's time, or orchestrate their play.
I'd recommend it to anyone with children, or anyone, such as teachers, that deal with children. Even an unhappy adult, might find out that they have the seeds of happiness within them, they just need some care to make them grow.
. An elite education.
. An endless number of enriching, exciting experiences.
. A personal space outfitted with the latest....clothes, technology, furnishings.
. A continual flow of positive reinforcement.
In fact, we are all striving to give our kids everything we felt we didn't have...but in the process, as this book so eloquently elaborates, we aren't giving them many of the things we had naturally in our childhoods which we never valued.
. A feeling a community...be it extended family, organized religion, or ethnic identification. Being connected to others in a positive way is one of the elements which has fallened by the wayside of 21st century life.
. Mastery of something "real"...not mastery of a video game but the process of genuine mastery of something...be it gardening, soccer, reading, cleaning out the garage...the whole process of finding something daunting, chosing to practice despite obstacles..and finally that feeling of "flow" when a sense of mastery is achieved.
. Flow. Free time, free thought, free truly being in a moment.
As adult we find ourselves striving for a sense of completion through spending more, consuming more, doing more....and we try to create happy adults by giving our child the same...more stuff, more "help", more dislocation.
A lot of this book is asking us to slow down, appreciate the now with our kids, let them fail and be there to encourage them, but not to "fix it" for them.
Particularly for parents who feel that their kids can never pack their Harvard applications too soon, this book is a declaration of independence from that thinking.
I look forward to reading his other works since I am now a fan. Thank you, Ned Hallowell, for sharing your talents and insights with fellow parents.
This book re-kindled memories of my own childhood, both good and bad that will help to establish a baseline for raising my little guy. It was also a very entertaining read. I laughed, cried a little, was inspired and a little heartbroken, but in the end, determined to remember this book when obstacles in fatherhood arrive. I will, no doubt, be revisiting this book over and over again throughout my son's life. What a resource.
If you are an expecting parent or a parent already, please do you and your child a favor and buy and read this book. If you are a loved one of an expecting parent, or a parent that could use a little support, please do them a favor and purchase them this book. And make sure they read it. It will help to make the world a little bit better for us all.
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The author starts his book with the words :" this book is neither liberal no conservative". It caught my attention, finally a book for parents with no hidden message. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J Klay
This is the BEST book ever. I recieved it from my aunt when my first son was born. Now that boy is 12, and I have two girls as well, 9 and 7. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lexie Zeluff
wish I would have read this before having my own children. They are now fully grown adults and have children of their own. Really great insights.Published 16 months ago by John Piper
I read this book years ago when my children were much younger and have just now re-read it. It is brilliant and inspiring. It is great for parents and also great for adults. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tracy
A LOT OF THIS BOOK IS COMMON SENSE TO ME... BUT, I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED CHILDREN, AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INVOLVED W/ THEM. Read morePublished 23 months ago by NANCY
Arrived on time, what I expected. The book itself is excellent for parents, teacher and whoever is in regular contact with children. An eye opener.Published on June 19, 2014 by Savia de Morais Arbuckle