Growing Up Is Hard

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Overview

Dear Parents,

All parents understand the feeling of being willing to take on the pain of their child's stomachache, sprained ankle, or broken arm to relive their child of hurt. Most parents, though, would rather that their child have a broken bone than a broken heart. Seeing our chilren agonize over emotional pain brings up feelings of helplessness and desperation. As parents, we want to make it all better and save our children from the sometimes harsh realities of life.

But if they are to learn how to cope effectively with the personal challenges in their own lives, our children need to acknowledge and understand their own feelings rather than act out on them inappropriately or stuff them away. That's why it's so important for parents to observe and gently inquire when their children are in emotional distress - usually evidenced by withdrawn or angry behaviors. It is vital for parents to be able to talk about these things and to teach their children how to communicate what they are feeling.

Growing Up is Hard will help you help your child become stronger and more confident by exploring and facing disappointments, hurts, frustrations, and embarrassment.

Shalom,

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

When a young boy has a day where nothing goes right, his father helps him deal with his feelings and see that things change as he grows up.

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Publishers Weekly
In the author's third vehicle for families to explore their psychological feelings together, Sammy's father helps him look at his problems in a positive light and reassures Sammy that growing up can be hard, but also meaningful. Ages 3-7. (Apr) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Sammy has had a very bad day and is sitting unhappily on his front steps when dad arrives home from work. Sammy isn't ready to talk to dad about what's wrong, but as dad takes the time to walk with his son and listen, Sammy begins to tell his dad that he doesn't like the way things are changing. Dad is quick to tell Sammy that things are changing because he is growing up. As Dad and Sammy talk about Sammy's chores, his drawings in class and his friends, Sammy begins to understand that these changes can be a good thing if he takes the time to look at them that way. This is a beautifully told story of a young boy and his father talking about the important things in life. This is one of those books that make adults look for a child to share it with. I recommend this title for all collections that serve the preschool child. The book would make a great Father's Day gift. 2001, Cliff Street Books, $21.27. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this radio-talk-show host's third book for children, Sammy's father encourages his son to talk about what has happened to make him look so sad. The child doesn't want to say until he drops the milk carton and then screams, "I hate my life!" Life is no longer all warm and fuzzy for this kindergartener-his teacher encourages him to do better on his painting, his mother asks him to do a chore, his best friend wants to play with someone else. His father patiently explains that he is growing up and "missing being a little kid with no troubles." Sammy takes his father's advice to "find a new way to look at each and every thing-in a way that makes you love your life" and realizes that he doesn't hate his life at all. Would that all problems could be solved as simply as they are in this didactic picture book. McFeeley's exaggerated cartoon-style color illustrations do little to improve the text.-Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060526238
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.

Daniel McFeeley is the illustrator of Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It! He has worked in film, television, and theater as a visual effects artist and designer. Mr. McFeeley lives in Van Nuys, California.

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