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Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child Hardcover – August 9, 2016
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"Parents and children everywhere will benefit from Dr. Greene's insights into everyday parent-child interactions. His empathic understanding of families' daily struggles shines through the entire book. He provides realistic, concrete, and effective guidance for turning those struggles from confrontation to collaboration. Bravo!" -- Joan E. Durrant, PhD, Author of Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting and Associate Professor of Family Social Sciences at the University of Manitoba
"Want to know how to prepare your child in the innovation era, raise a child who knows who he or she is and how to collaborate and solve problems creatively? Ross Greene shows you how in this book. Practice the parenting approach he describes, and your child will thrive!" -- Tony Wagner, Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators, Expert in Residence at Harvard University's new Innovation Lab, and Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute.
"Ross Greene takes a deep dive into the complexities of raising a human being and emerges with guidance that is clear, doable, and sure to empower both parents and their children." -- Adele Faber, co-author of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Ross Greene, psychologist, expert on collaboration, and, above all, a wise and caring human being, blesses us with this brilliant, practical guide on how to raise children in such a way that they will become the people we all want our children to become. Brimming with specific tips and how-to details, as well as encouragement and optimism rooted in decades of experience, this book can quickly become any parent's go-to resource day in and day out, especially in those moments when you feel at wit's end. Bravo, Dr. Greene! - Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, When You Worry About the Child You Love, and Happy Child, Happy Adult
"This practical guide is a powerful tool to support the development of mindsight—how we know our own mind, connect with others, and respect differences. Collaborating with our children and teens is an important skill Ross Greene inspires us to acquire to help our kids learn the lifelong capacity to problem solve, be empathic, and become more insightful. Filled with captivating stories and clear steps, Raising Human Beings will help you raise thoughtful and resilient individuals."—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm and co-author of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline
"A brilliant, practical guide on how to raise children in such a way that they will become the people we all want our children to become. Brimming with specific tips and how-to details, as well as encouragement and optimism rooted in decades of experience, this book can quickly become any parent's go-to resource day in and day out, especially in those moments when you feel at wit's end. Bravo, Dr. Greene!"--Ned Hallowell, New York Times bestselling author and ADHD expert
From the Author
"I wrote Raising Human Beings because it's quite clear that all kids -- not merely those with significant behavioral challenges -- benefit from being involved in the process of solving the problems that affect their lives and learning how to work toward mutually satisfactory solutions. And because I've been really concerned about societal trends that have been to the disadvantage of our kids and caused many kids to focus a lot more on me than on we. The problems that affect us all are going to require that we resolve them in ways that are for the collective good rather than solely for individuals. And because, while it's true that kids and parents are definitely going to disagree sometimes...and that kids are definitely going to have difficulty meeting expectations sometimes...those disagreements and unmet expectations don't need to cause conflict." -- Ross Greene
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Over the years, I’ve read quite a few parenting books, and one of the things I’ve learned is: you do not have to agree with every single bit of advice offered within the pages. Take what works for you and apply it to your situation.
Ross W. Greene, PhD, has taken experiences from his twenty-five years of being a clinical psychologist and organized his advice in a very easy-to-read format. Instead of compiling pages and pages of never-ending advice and examples all in the same font and line spacing, the author (and editor and publisher, I assume) diversified the text. There are paragraphs where straight information is delivered, there are case studies presented in stories, there are Q&A sections, and there are plenty of subtitles to help keep you engaged with the book. While most of the writing is excellent, Greene does like to start sentences with the word “but” and he loves his creative dialogue tags such as hissed, mumbled, grumbled, and protested. None of which actually took away from the overall content, but it was distracting to me.
While I loved and agreed with much of Greene’s advice, I will tell you that I let my babies cry themselves to sleep in their cribs. After reading this book, if I had to do all over again, I would still let my babies cry themselves to sleep. And yet, I am certainly one to advocate parents considering alternatives to figure out what works best for them.
Greene’s straight-forward method of “Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child” is one that will foster kinder human beings who are able to problem solve with empathy not only while growing up but also as adults.
Some of my favorite ideas and lines from the book:
“Identity achievement refers to a person who has both undergone the identity exploration process and has also developed a well-defined self-concept and identity. She know who she is, what she believes, and where she’s going” (page 24).
“What’s best for him is likely to involve more ‘listening’ than ‘lessoning’” (page 35).
“Your child would prefer to be doing well” (page 39).
“But there’s another reason solving problems collaboratively is hard: many adults haven’t had much practice at it, having been raised by parents who were probably highly skilled at demanding and insisting” (page 81).
“I’ve worked with three-year-olds who had an easier time participating verbally than some seventeen-year-olds” (page 190).
“We live in the information age, and we are saturated with demands for empathy … sadly, that fatigue sometimes causes us to respond with less compassion and empathy in our interactions with our children…” (page 240).