Raising Children Who Soar: A Guide to Healthy Risk-Taking in an Uncertain World

Raising Children Who Soar: A Guide to Healthy Risk-Taking in an Uncertain World

by Susan Davis, Nancy Eppler-Wolff
     
 

How can we keep children safe in an uncertain world, but also raise them to be confident in taking the healthy, emotional risks necessary to succeed in life? The authors of this unique book-two clinical psychologists, who are also mothers-provide essential guidance for parents and teachers. They explain, step-by-step, how to help children become successful

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Overview

How can we keep children safe in an uncertain world, but also raise them to be confident in taking the healthy, emotional risks necessary to succeed in life? The authors of this unique book-two clinical psychologists, who are also mothers-provide essential guidance for parents and teachers. They explain, step-by-step, how to help children become successful risk-takers: ready to leap at life's opportunities and triumph over setbacks along the way. With stories based on the diverse families from their practice-from parents afraid to let their rambunctious daughter out of sight, to those who fear their shy son may lose opportunities to connect at home and school-they offer real-world scenarios with realistic solutions. Readers will find helpful checklists, self-reflection exercises, and other resources in this authoritative book.

The help parents through popular classes and their website, raisingchildrenwhosoar.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807749975
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
504,837
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. ix

Acknowledgments xi

Authors' Notes xiii

Introduction 1

Redefining Risk 2

Our Risky World 5

Parenting for Good Risk-Taking 6

The Connection Between Parent and Child: Temperament and Risk-Taking 10

What About Risk-Taking in School? 11

Raising Ethical and Moral Children: Risk-Taking and Tolerance 11

Putting It All Together 12

1 What Is Risk? 14

Our Definition of Risk-Taking 15

The Changing Definition of Risk in Society 19

Four Qualities of a Good Risk-Taker 23

Introduction of Our Parent-Child Pairs 27

Learning the Power of Risk: Beginning a Risk Journal 31

Pragmatic Steps Toward Thoughtful Risk-Taking 32

Summing Up 35

2 Child Development and Risk-Taking 36

Overview of Child Development 38

The Importance of Understanding Development 43

What Are Universal Emotional Risks? 44

How Risk-Taking Unfolds With Development 51

Learning Style and Risk-Taking 55

More of Life's Bumps and Risk-Taking: Divorce, Illness, and Loss 59

3 The Parent's Part: Self-Reflection and the Practice of Listening 61

The Process of Self-Reflection 62

The Practice of Listening 72

4 The Parent-Child Connection and the Threads of Risk 86

Temperament and Risk-Taking 87

The Parent-Child Fit and Risk 92

How This All Begins: Understanding Attachment and Risk 96

Attachment and Risk Beyond Infancy 97

The Neurobiology of Risk 101

How Does This All Come Together? 103

5 Risk-Taking in School 108

The Foundation of Learning 109

Temperament, Learning Style, and Risk-Taking in School 114

A Guide For Developing Good Risk-Takers in School 121

6 Risk-Taking, Independent Thinking, and Tolerance Toward Others127

Risk-Taking and the Peer Group 128

Risk-Taking and Breaking Barriers 132

Service Learning Programs for Young Children 137

Scientific Explanation for Taking the Risk to Care 143

Compassion Is a Learned Behavior 144

7 Putting It All Together: Parent-Child Activities for Good Risk-Taking 146

Games and Activities to Encourage Risk-Taking 147

Doing Community Service as a Family Activity 163

Putting It All Together 164

Suggested Readings 167

References 175

Index 183

About the Authors 193

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