Why Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids: What Parents Need to Know, What Parents Need to Do

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This easy-to-read guide will help parents help their children succeed in all stages of their educations. The Silberts work with parents to help figure out and address the root of a child’s problems in school, instead of just treating the symptom: the bad grades. The book provides examples and techniques, and contains many real-life anecdotes about the students and parents the Silberts have worked with. The chapters are organized using S+T+R+O+N+G, an acronym that stands for Self-esteem + Trust + Responsibility + ...
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Overview

This easy-to-read guide will help parents help their children succeed in all stages of their educations. The Silberts work with parents to help figure out and address the root of a child’s problems in school, instead of just treating the symptom: the bad grades. The book provides examples and techniques, and contains many real-life anecdotes about the students and parents the Silberts have worked with. The chapters are organized using S+T+R+O+N+G, an acronym that stands for Self-esteem + Trust + Responsibility + Options + Needs + Goals, the six interconnected areas central to the development of emotionally, socially, and intellectually strong kids. This is a great book for educators as well as for parents.
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John H. Manhold
The Silberts have provided a much-needed book on a very timely subject. Increasing numbers of children are performing at a sub-par academic level This performance, the authors point out, invariably is the symptom of situations that result from myriad problems that can be solved with proper child-parent rapport. The authors, as an aside, have presented, but in an inoffensive manner, the fact that the average parent, although ‘caring', or believing him/herself to be, often unthinkingly employs the least effective, and perhaps even the completely wrong, tactic.

The average reader will be able to identify, almost immediately, many of the circumstances involved in their own personal case. The parent who is too involved with the necessity of making a living to have sufficient time for the child; the result of a broken home; too stringent rules; the overextended student: the student with undiscovered hearing problems; the one with attention deficit, or perhaps just a slower ability to learn – parents often set standards that the child is incapable of achieving; the child who does not gain a sense of ‘being part of the family' – a not unusual situation today where the child may be in day care in the morning, the ward of a baby sitter in the afternoon, rushed through dinner and being put to bed at night with little actual contact with the family; and many more causative situations.

The book presents a large mass of important material in a very easily read series of simplified case studies, with subsequent succinct discussion of suggested solutions. It is a book that should provide the reader with an invaluable insight into the child's problem, and coincidentally necessitate the parent toindulge in some introspection to solve it.

I should like to have seen a little further expansion on the subject of instilling a sense of ‘trust' in a child, because of the difficult and unsafe environment of today's world. However, the book does stress that a parent should realize his/her capabilities and seek professional aid when necessary where material of this nature easily can be obtained.

I strongly recommend this book for any parent whose child is experiencing difficulties in school, or for any parent, for that matter. They may gain an insight to some of their own, possibly less than acceptable, parent-child thought or action patterns. (John H. Manhold, Psychological Counselor and Past President, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825305771
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 728,116
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda & Alvin Silbert have dedicated over 35 years to children's growth: intellectually, emotionally, and socially. They have written over forty books, which have sold over one million copies. They lecture and lead workshops about how to help children succeed in school and beyond, and collaborate as writers, educational therapists, and directors of Strong Learning Centers in New York.

Linda & Alvin Silbert have dedicated over 35 years to children's growth: intellectually, emotionally, and socially. They have written over forty books, which have sold over one million copies. They lecture and lead workshops about how to help children succeed in school and beyond, and collaborate as writers, educational therapists, and directors of Strong Learning Centers in New York.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Why Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids: What Parents Need to Know, What Parents Need to Do is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    An informative book that actually makes you think

    I highly recommend this book to parents of all children. This book is wonderful no matter what type of student your child is. Many books I have read about helping you raise your children are mostly filled with common sense ideas, are rather boring, and are pretty bland. This book actually causes you to think about how you interact with your children and things that you could say or do in various real situations. It is beautifully written with entertaining anecdotes that you want to remember and repeat to your friends. The Silberts have created a book that parents will want to keep on their bookshelves and refer to for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    More than just good grades- a guide to raising the 'whole child'

    This book is excellent it is a 'good read'for parents and teachers. It is tightly written, sensible and grounded in research and common sense. It simplifies complex issues in ways that will allow parents to understand their children and lead them to problem-solving solutions.If I were in practice today I would be handing out complementary copies to my clients-a job well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    An Easy Read for a Difficult Problem

    I wish Drs. Linda and Al Siblert had written this informative book when I was teaching. I would have recommended it to all those parents who wanted and needed help with raising their children. Their advice is 'user friendly' for parents of all ages and educational levels. At times, I found it truly inspirational.

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