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Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential Paperback – March 1, 2011
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"A treasure trove of strategies parents can use to help their children interact with peers, teachers and family members...The vignettes will be achingly familiar for most parents...This forgiving, intelligent [book] will help parents teach their kids that there's more to life than academic achievement."
-- Kirkus Reviews
“This book is a literal Godsend. Parents will find great wisdom in its pages.”
– Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“A smart, deeply perceptive and important book.”
– Wendy Mogel, PhD, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
"This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too."
– Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards
“Filled with vignettes and strategies for raising smart kids to become healthy, happy and contributing adults.”
– Vicki Abeles, Producer, Race to Nowhere
From the Back Cover
- Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"A smart, deeply perceptive and important book."
- Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
"This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too.
- Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards
"A fresh parenting book filled with vignettes and strategies for raising smart kids to become healthy, happy and contributing adults."
- Vicki Abeles, producer and co-director of Race to Nowhere
Top Customer Reviews
In the "Tempering Perfectectionism" section I'm applying what the authors call "reflect" and "resist the temptation to offer pointers." So hard! That means, I'm not arguing when my daughter says, "I can't do math," but reflecting her words by saying "You're feeling frustrated about math." In this same chapter, I'm applying the "no excuses, only plans" strategy. This means, I don't argue with her statement that she can't do math, reflectively listen, and then I ask her, "What do you think you could do that might help?" \
I could write a book about this book so I better skip to chapter six on developing motivation, which is "a state, not a trait." The authors break motivation into what we already know -extrinsic and intrinsic -- but take it further and show that extrinsic motivation is three kinds - situation-based, approval-based, and value-based. Value-based motivation is the most "robust form" say the authors and stems from "children's consciously chosen and personally meaningful ideals." Who knew? I didn't and while I'm all for intrinsic motivation as much as possible, it's not always going to happen when you have to memorize multiplication tables, or go into the hospital for mandatory tests like we had to last week. So, this section is a must read -- and more realistic than other books that demand only intrinsic motivation.Read more ›
Right off, I liked the tone in this book. It was intelligent, yet compassionate, chock-full of parenting insight and child psychology, yet practical and very readable. This book took me a long time to finish reading because it needs to be absorbed and it made me think a lot. It made me question my actions and my motives and had me observing more closely my children and their reactions toward my response whether positive or negative.
I'm on the bandwagon of parents who want to offer their kids good opportunities for learning, immersing our family in music lessons, extracurricular activities, sports, volunteering, homework supervision and so on. But I've learned to watch out for stress signals and to balance our family life so as not to be over-scheduled. Yet, I still struggle with this and reading Smart Parenting has assuaged my fears that my kids would be left out if not fully involved in activities that help them grow in some aspect of their life.
The chapters I focused on the most were: Tempering Perfectionism, which had me re-evaluating the way I supervise homework (I'm the perfectionist, not my kids!Read more ›
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Good advice. Not particulaly mind blowing but a good read non the less.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a must read for any mother or father that wants to better themselves as a parent. I can not recommend this book enough to other parents.Published 4 months ago by Chris
I taught elementary, junior high, high school, and college. I also taught special ed. This is the best book about parenting that I've ever read.Published 7 months ago by Maddie
Every parent should read this book, whether they think they have a gifted child or not. This book is unique in its approach and the authors superb in their insight. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Hunter
The books and the delivery were exceptional. I was more than pleased.Published 16 months ago by Carolyn
This is a good, readable review of successful parenting practices.Published 17 months ago by Karl Hess