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The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids: How to Deal with Modern Problems Facing Your Tweens and Teens Paperback – October 9, 2012
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"This book provides an excellent overview of youth development. Educators and parents always look for advice and they will find many ideas about how to understand, support, and educate adolescents."-Gil G. Noam is the Founder and Director of the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
"In this wonderful book, Brad stands up for today's kids, debunks all the claims that they're somehow worse than the last generation, and offers sound, research-based advice on how parents and communities can do a better job raising them."-Neil Howe is a renowned authority on generations and social change in America. An acclaimed author and speaker, he is the nation's leading thinker on today's generations.
"For parents, teachers, community leaders, and any adult who cares about the next generation of our citizens, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids is an urgent 'must-read"!-Carol J. Evans, President, Working Mother Media, and Author, This is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto
"R. Bradley Snyder's book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids takes away the dread and replaces it with hopefulness and humor."-Nicole Feliciano, Editor & Founder of MomTrends.com, a parenting lifestyle website
"Whether the context is food or video games, parents and children together can identify the central issue, and apply Brad's five simple truths to figure out what to do."-George C. Brackett, Former Director, Technology in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Founder, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston
"Brad's humanity is infectious, and his dedication to his work is inspiring. I can think of no better mentor to parents needing reassurance that kids are good, and everything is going to be okay."-Art Roche, Creative executive for digital media and family entertainment
"You'll learn from his book, and enjoy the lessons. Like Spock two generations ago, Snyder's worth your attention. Well done!"-Richard E. Peck, Author of Something for Joey
"...and a relief to know, in these days of helicopter parents and tiger moms, that I have a fighting chance as a parent."-Amy Silverman, Managing Editor, Phoenix New Times, Author of award-winning stories about juvenile justice and mental health. Co-teacher, Mothers Who Write workshop, blogger, girlinthepartyhat.com
"Snyder uses his experience, research, and clear vision to write a book that all parents should read."-Aaron Kipchik, PhD., Author of Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear
" Brad cuts through the misinformation and rhetoric to share with us a clear picture of what our kids' essential needs are, who our kids really are, and why they do the things they do."-Terry Kalgin, Independent Producer/Consultant
"Brad's conversational tone is warm and informative; he's the kind of expert you'd love to talk to over dinner. And as such, I think the lessons he's learned resonate more deeply."-Steve Patrick, Children's Television Producer
"Brad Snyder's fresh perspective makes for a page-turning guide that's both practical and inspiring. Every parent and mentor should read this book."-Molly Chase, Host of the Saturday Morning Submarine Adventure Show at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN (20121001) --Gil G. Noam is the Founder and Director of the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School
About the Author
R. Bradley Snyder is an expert on the behaviors and preferences of children and youth. His work has helped develop raw concepts into someof the most successful programs, campaigns, and media for kids.
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Brad outlines the role of communities and the role of non-parent adults (which is actually a role every adult has in a community) in doing so, brings awareness of the importance different people have on a child's development. The role of non-parent adults was not excluded from this book for a reason. A major theme is how adults can help empower kids through choices. More so, how to help kids process information in order to think critically in order to make good choices. Through the chapters it shows that helping kids develop a critical mind, for a kid to know what is best for herself and why, is invaluable.
Much of what I appreciated about this book was that it gave me hope about the current state of affairs in the world, which are perhaps more than poorly misjudged, much as kids sometimes are, Brad points out. This book does not create a sense of false security about the world kids today live in nor is it trigger-happy with warnings about how dangerous the world is. This in mind, I think the book allows for one to be more aware rather than hypervigilant causing one to be able to make more level assesments of what is good for the kids in your life.
Most importantly, the book is genuine. The author really emphasizes that it is up to parents to be parents, in no way does he impinge on how a family operates. If you are seeking a book to tell you exactly how to raise kids, go elsewhere, this book offers information and shows a way of thinking about child care that is involved, engaging, thoughtful and respectful.
Five Simple Truth's not only gives you the tools in how to respond to the most pressing issues facing youth, it backs up all "truths" with all the latest research explained clearly that will surely surprise and challenge many preconceived notions you have of today's teens.
As Mr. Snyder explained thoroughly in this excellent piece, one of the most important aspects of parenting is role modeling pro-social behaviors. Due to this, this is a must-read not only for parents but for anyone who has a youth in their life they care about. Well done.