- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Why Wait, LLC (February 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615343538
- ISBN-13: 978-0615343532
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Strong From the Start - Raising Confident and Resilient Kids
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The growing trend of helicopter-parenting means that many kids are leaving the family home later and later in life, because they haven't learned how to make their own good decisions or trust their own instincts. With the best intentions, Mom and Dad have always taken care of those things, through elementary-, middle-, and high school, and now - incredibly - even when their kids are at college or in employment.
In "Strong From The Start," Reina Weiner encourages a different style of parenting that will put your kids on the path to independent adulthood. She stresses the importance of ground rules, mutual trust within a family, letting your children take responsibility for their actions, thinking for themselves, and making their own mistakes. (Yes, there will be mistakes, and children must learn from them in order to grow.) It is crucial to remember, she says, that parents can love and support their kids without managing every problem, mistake, or challenge that comes along - just let them know that you're there for them when they really need your help.
`Strong From The Start' is packed with sound, tried-and-tested advice from a loving mom who practices what she preaches. I recommend it to any parent who wants their children to go out into the world as resilient, confident, independent adults, and who would also like to retain their sanity and own identity throughout parenthood.
As someone said to me, shortly before the birth of my first child: `Don't forget, you're not raising a child, you're raising an adult.' This book will help you do just that.
In today's hectic multi-tasking, and often scary world, this is the perfect book to give parents and to make sure schools and libraries have available for reading. If we take Reina's advise and provide kid "with a firm foundation they can trust" and "teach them to be unafraid to truly live their lives" we will end up with a great next generation.
I highly recommend this to new parents and parents of kids of all ages. The advice is sound and loving. We all want our kids to grow up independent and secure in themselves. Reina's book will help parents achieve that.
I am buying the book for my son and daughter in law; I'm sure they will want to share it with their friends as well.
Reina's book offers sound, simple wisdom in an anecdotal format. This easy to read (and re-read) book offers uncomplicated, everyday, true to life examples and explanations. Having a copy on your bedside table would be like having a friend to offer you non-judgmental reassurance and resources.
If raising a confident and resilient person is your goal, Weiner writes, you need to let that person find their own way, navigate their own challenges, and chart their own course from a young age. And doing that sometimes means staying out of the way.
This isn't as easy as it sounds. For most parents, NOT doing more for their kids is actually a taller order than tending to their every need; it goes against what their instincts may tell them. But, Weiner says, we need to resist those instincts sometimes and have the strength to let our children learn some things through their own experiences - through the ups and the downs that teach us lessons and equip us with life skills for the future.
That, Weiner writes, is truly selfless parenting. Especially when your children know that when they need you, you will always have their back. "Strong From The Start" calls for parents to send their children a message that blends support with empowerment: "We love you, we're here for you, and we know you can figure it out." They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but this one is an exception. It shows a parent's hand loosely holding a child's; it's the hand of a parent who is supporting and loving - but remembering not to hold on too tight.
There's even a side benefit to this approach. Parents get the time and space of their own to actually be people too, not simply moms and dads.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some good advice to walk way with. Very basic and old concepts, yet tried and true. Light hearted and easy reading.Published 5 months ago by kim williams
Like many parents, I've often come up against situations with my kids for which I have no answer. I feel like I need a quick reference back to the owners manual that came with the... Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by JW
I am a mother with 3 year-old triplet boys, and I found this book so helpful in so many ways. It reads like you are listening to a good friend. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by K. Ratliff
I know the author, Reina S. Weiner personally and found her book to be concise, no-nonsense, humorous, (much like the author herself) and full of useful parenting information. Read morePublished on May 19, 2010 by Nancy B. Allison
Going against both sides of the mothering spectrum, Reina Weiner's new book, Strong from the Start: Raising Confident and Resilient Kids, brings the rediscovered voice of reason... Read morePublished on May 15, 2010 by C. Diligenti Pickup
I loved this book and wish that I had read it before my children were born instead of the parenting guides that I thought I should be reading as I was so unsure of this new journey... Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by L. A. Donaghey
Having grown up with the author and her family, it was a true delight reading about their life and the kids' upbringing from a mom's perspective. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by R. Galeota
This book is a great tool for raising indendent and self-assured kids. My child is grown now, but I wish I had been able to read it twenty-five years ago. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Joy Briliant