Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Mark S. Lowenthal
     
 

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WINNER! Mom's Choice Gold Award for parenting books — Mom's Choice Awards: The best in family-friendly media

"My kid is smart, but..."

It takes more than school smarts to create a fulfilling life. In fact, many bright children face special challenges:

  • Some are driven by perfectionism;
  • Some are afraid of effort,

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WINNER! Mom's Choice Gold Award for parenting books — Mom's Choice Awards: The best in family-friendly media

"My kid is smart, but..."

It takes more than school smarts to create a fulfilling life. In fact, many bright children face special challenges:

  • Some are driven by perfectionism;
  • Some are afraid of effort, because they're used to instant success;
  • Some routinely butt heads with authority figures;
  • Some struggle to get along with their peers;
  • Some are outwardly successful but just don't feel good about themselves.

This practical and compassionate book explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers parents do-able strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors’ clinical experience, it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring people.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book is a literal Godsend. Parents will find great wisdom in its pages.”
Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“A smart, deeply perceptive and important book.” 
Wendy Mogel, PhD, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

"This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too."
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

“Filled with vignettes and strategies for raising smart kids to become healthy, happy and contributing adults.”
Vicki Abeles, Producer, Race to Nowhere

Kirkus Reviews
Two psychologists offer a perceptive guide to help smart children succeed academically and socially. Kennedy-Moore (The Unwritten Rules of Friendship, 2003, etc.) and Lowenthal evaluate the roadblocks that frequently arise for smart children between the ages of 6 and 12. The authors identify "seven fundamental challenges" faced by smart children--and, of course, their parents. They use those challenges to look at how parents can help intelligent children succeed not just in school, but in life, too. Each chapter is devoted to analyzing a challenge: tempering perfectionism, building connection, managing sensitivity, handling cooperation and competition, dealing with authority, developing motivation and finding joy. The authors discuss why each is important for children's development, aided by vignettes drawn from exhaustive research and their psychology practices. The result is a treasure trove of strategies parents can use to help their children interact with peers, teachers and family members. They also address how children can combat their insecurities in a way that will generate "inner strength and outward compassion." The authors suggest conversations parents can have with their kids, activities they can engage in together, and songs parents can sing to help lead their children to new intellectual and emotional growth. Near the end of each chapter are suggestions for how parents can model healthy behaviors for their kids; the well-structured chapters then close with a short summary. The authors are also attuned to the nuances that can affect children's relationships, even noting how the "increase in technology-related play" has altered children's social lives. Charts and graphs help make the authors' approach truly "solution-focused," and the vignettes will be achingly familiar for most parents. Although the book targets the parents of bright children, the lessons herein will be relevant to any parent. This forgiving, intelligent look at raising smart children will help parents teach their kids that there's more to life than academic achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470640050
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
304,540
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Wendy Mogul PhD
“A smart, deeply perceptive and important book.”
—Wendy Mogel, PhD, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
Vicki Abeles
“Filled with vignettes and strategies for raising smart kids to become healthy, happy and contributing adults.”
—Vicki Abeles, Producer, Race to Nowhere
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff PhD
“This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too.”
—Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards
Stephen R. Covey
“This book is a literal Godsend. Parents will find great wisdom in its pages.”
—Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Meet the Author

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is a child and family clinical psychologist in Princeton, New Jersey. She is the author or coauthor of several books on children's feelings and friendships.

Mark S. Lowenthal, PsyD, has helped many children, teens, and their families during his twenty-two years as a clinical psychologist. His private practice is in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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