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All parents want their children to become successful, but how do you define success? Is it wealth and fame? Or the ability to form meaningful relationships with others and make wise choices in life? Most important, how do we help our children become happy, healthy adults? America's premier pediatric team, Dr. William Sears and his wife, Martha, who have created 30 books (including the bestsellers The Baby Book and The Pregnancy Book) and 8 children together, acknowledge that true happiness goes beyond being "rich and famous." In their latest advice guide for parents, "Dr. Bill" and Martha break down the meaning of true success and provide parents with the tools to not only teach it but also live it.
In more than three decades of pediatric practice, Dr. Sears has had countless interactions with children and their parents. He conveys this wealth of observation through anecdotes, sidebars, and statistics, defining what he calls "connected kids." Connected kids are children who have the ability to empathize with others, overcome adversity, and maintain a healthy self-confidence due to a high level of trust and bonding with their primary caregivers, usually their parents. Though the Sears' believe this process of "connection" begins at birth, it is never to late to foster a sense of trust and love with your child -- even when they're in the midst of adolescent turmoil. The chapter on building a healthy sense of sexuality is worth the cost of the book for any parent dealing with precocious preteens.
The Sears' theory of "attachment parenting" includes carrying a baby often and breastfeeding when possible, but as a baby grows into a talking, thinking person good parenting becomes about modeling responsibility, morality, empathy, and good communication skills. That means we as parents must practice what we preach! As we do, we strengthen our family -- giving our kids the connection, love, and strength they need to become successful in life, no matter what challenges it brings. (Jessica Leigh Lebos)