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Raising a Thinking Child: Help Your Young Child to Resolve Everyday Conflicts and Get Along with Others Paperback – March 1, 1996
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All of us like to think for ourselves. And so do children - if they have the skills to do it. That's why award-winning psychologist Dr. Myrna Shure decided to create a program to give them those skills. It's called I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) and for twenty-five years it has benefited thousands nationwide. Raising a Thinking Child, a book that will change your family dynamics forever - and help your child develop in ways you never thought possible - brings this positive parenting program directly into your home. Unlike other methods of child rearing, the ICPS approach teaches youngsters as young as four not what to think or do, but how to think - and the results are astounding. Through the program's specially designed and fun-to-do dialogues, games, and activities - easily incorporated into everyday family life - a young child learns how to solve problems and resolve conflicts with friends, teachers, and family; explore alternative solutions and their consequences; and understand the feelings of others. With ICPS, shy children become more assertive and impulsive children are less likely to act out when things don't go their way. Most important the ICPS-competent child is better equipped to avoid early destructive behaviors that later can lead to delinquency, substance abuse, violence, and depression. Helping your child become a thinking, feeling individual and grow up to be a socially adjusted, self-confident adult is what Raising a Thinking Child is all about. Based on years of research and evaluation, clinically proven, and child-tested, it may be the most important gift you can share with your child today...for tomorrow.
This book provides a step-by-step format parents can follow in teaching young children to solve problems and resolve daily conflicts. Shure's no-nonsense, sincere approach to the narration resembles a seminar given by a highly competent and well-educated speaker. The lessons are uniquely taught by way of imaginative dialogues between Theresa Foy DiGeronimo and various children. Solutions are reinforced through game-playing activities and communication techniques. The well-presented, yet tedious, demonstrations cleverly assist the authors in driving home their methods. B.J.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In response, we have been making our way through the "Raising a Thinking Child Workbook" together, and it is making a big difference for both of us. As a parent, I have learned to re-frame and re-phrase expectations in a more understandable way. The best growth has been in my son, though. He is now able to confront emotions and behaviors in a more thoughtful and clear way, and he has learned to curb his reactions and respond to situations in a calmer way.
Many different situations are presented throughout the book, setting up discussions of whether the situation is a "good idea" or a "bad idea" or whether things can happen before, after, or at the same time...and so forth. This leads into discussion of how both people in the situation might feel as well as possible solutions to ease the situation.
Some of the specific difficult situations that are presented include: child wanting parent's attention while parent is on the phone or cooking dinner, child throwing toys on the floor, teasing, fighting over TV/toys/video games, messy room. There are also many positive situations to discuss: child going to bed on time, helping to set the table, sharing, helping a hurt friend, etc.
This book is helpful both for child-child relationships and child-parent relationships. It has proven to be helpful for improving behavior both at home and at school.