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Posted July 6, 2012
Parents would agree that one of the most difficult lessons to teach a child is that they have the power to control their own thinking and, in turn, their moods. This lesson is difficult to impart because our collective culture implies in many different ways that all we can do about how we feel is ride it out, control ourselves, or vent the discomfort to those around us. Of course this is true in extreme cases, by as Robert Chapman and Sharon Wachholz illustrate so beautifully, much of the time, there is indeed a great deal even the youngest of us can do about our moods.
Calling on Dr. Chapman’s, extensive background in clinical psychology and experience with adolescents, this book imparts its message through the use of the stories of adolescents and teenagers that ring true and, as such, are readily understood and internalized. Each story provides an example of when a person was able to turn their emotions around by altering how they think about the situation in which they find themselves.
One reason the book resonates so well in today’s world is that the incidents and lessons are experienced by children of a wide variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. This attention to demographics makes this volume valuable to a wide-variety of communities, families, and schools.
I would highly recommend it to parents and teenagers alike. There are important lessons to be learned in its pages – lessons about the power we all have to change our thoughts and mind our moods.