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Strong From the Start - Raising Confident and Resilient Kids

4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0615343532
ISBN-10: 0615343538
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Product Details

  • 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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Thank goodness. In an age when `good parenting' is too often interpreted as `child-micromanaging,' what a breath of fresh air to find a book like this.

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.
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As a positive psychologist and a school psychologist I was so impressed with Strong From the Start. Reina S. Weiner is psychologically so accurate. She understands and can easily relay to other parents and educators exactly what kids need from us to grow up strong. I like her easy style, filled with vinettes, often from her own family, and her clear chapters that end with helpful conclusions and suggestions.

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.
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As a mom of 3 grown children and a grandmom of one, i found this book to be well written and extremely helpful. It is full of common sense that is not so common in today's world! "Strong From the Start..." gives interesting and insightful vignettes of Reina Weiner's own experiences with her children that pretty much ring true to all of our parental challenges.
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.
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This book is an excellent impetus for parents to reflect on the effectiveness of their parenting styles. Reina Weiner gives common sense advice that isn't so common in today's society. As an elementary school teacher, I see parents struggling with a variety of parenting issues, while juggling obligations of work, the house, school and extracurricular activities for the children. In hopes of avoiding conflicts or working within time constraints, parents just DO what is convenient. However, DOING does not instill qualities of independence, competence, and perseverance. Reina's book gives parents advice (and examples) of how REAL parenting is in the best interest of the child. As a parent of teenagers, and someone who is educated in effective parenting, I have found myself rethinking some of my choices since reading Reina's book. I have noticed that I sometimes "take care of the situation" because it is easier for all involved. However, these actions, although temporarily create peace, do not educate for life skills.

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.
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These days, for new dads like me, there are more and more books on how to be a parent - full of more and more theories on how to do more and more for your kids. But Reina Weiner's "Strong From The Start" preaches an essential message being lost amidst all the how-to-ing: that very often, less is more.

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.
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