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The SMART Parenting Revolution: A Powerful New Approach to Unleashing Your Child's Potential Hardcover – August 30, 2005
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At once a textbook, workbook and storybook, Markova's latest offering is more than the sum of its parts. The text is packed with practical suggestions, illustrative examples and food for thought. Markova points out that "the brain is an analog processor, meaning that it works by analogy and metaphor, as well as anecdotes," and occasionally illustrates points using histories of famous people, such as Picasso. Markova reminds readers that everyone experiences the world differently and provides a concrete system for learning about how other people process information. She then unveils her own "Thinking Talents" and "Mind Patterns." Although she favors her own theories and does not acknowledge widely accepted educational concepts such as learning styles or multiple intelligences, and though her writing can be overemotional at times, Markova is nevertheless a gifted author. She is at her best when relating personal experiences with children or when highlighting kids who've done extraordinary things and have had a positive impact on the community. The book will be most helpful to parents who do not have a background in education and to those who are looking for strategies to help them reconnect with their families or improve their family lives.
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By focusing on children's weaknesses, as defined by outdated schooling techniques, parents are creating frustrations for themselves and their children, and missing genuine opportunities to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Markova, educator and psychologist, offers an impassioned plea to parents to emphasize a child's assets and to refocus educational efforts on a child's unique abilities and talents to coax out excellence. Drawing on her research and experience, Markova advocates her concept of SMART methods, which take advantage of a child's strengths, sorted into five categories: success, modes of attention, attractions, resources, and thinking talents. Parents will appreciate a parenting guide that emphasizes children's positive attributes and encourages personal development of the parent as well. Vanessa Bush
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I particularly like the fact that she lays the foundation and philosophy in the first part of her book, and follows up with the practical approach that allows easy implementation.
Dr. Markova is on target that we've become a society that clearly sees what we did wrong. She guides us now to see what we've done right and how this approach can transcend our children and ourselves. More, please, Dr. Markova!
The review did say some negative things but also contained positive remarks, too. It certainly contained nothing profane or libelous. And 19 out of 39 people found the review helpful. Now it's gone, and I did not remove it
I only gave the book 2 stars though, which had made the overall collective review a star less than the full stars. Now the review has mysteriously disappeared & the overall review is now up to a full 5 stars again. Who is responsible for this?
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