Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids: Nine Essential Skills to Teach Your Child or Teen

Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids: Nine Essential Skills to Teach Your Child or Teen

by Wendy L. Moss PhD, Donald A. Moses


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Parenting is a delicate dance. One of the hardest parts of parenting is knowing when to let your child struggle, in order to learn and grow, and when to intervene. In this book, child development experts Wendy Moss, PhD, and Donald Moses, MD, examine the key skills parents need to help their kids emerge as confident, and capable adults.   

Throughout this book, parents will discover ways to build their child’s confidence, decision making abilities, tolerance for frustration, patience, and self-sufficiency. Lessons and examples based on the authors’ professional experience illustrate how to teach skills such as self-monitoring, understanding social cues, using technology, and recognizing opportunities for growth, even in life’s more stressful moments. True-to-life stories and conversation-starters demonstrate specific ways parents can empower children to think for themselves, and learn to meet life's challenges head-on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433828256
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 12/18/2017
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,106,585
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Wendy L. Moss, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. She has worked in school, hospital, clinic, residential treatment, and private practice settings. She has written a variety of books for children as well as a book for teachers to help them understand students in the classroom. In addition, Dr. Moss is a Diplomate in School Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Academy of School Psychology.

Donald A. Moses, MD, is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults. He gained his experience while working in psychiatric hospitals, as a psychiatric consultant to adolescent substance abuse treatment programs, as a flight medical officer in the United States Air Force, and from many years in private practice. Dr. Moses has published two books; has lectured to high school and college students, educators, and parents; and has spoken on radio and television on the topic of parent-child relationships.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 Raising Independent Children: Knowing When to Step in and When to Guide From Afar 9

Chapter 2 Confidence: How to Build the Skills (Not Just Bravado) 33

Chapter 3 Executive Functioning Skills: Teaching Your Child to Manage Tasks Large and Small 57

Chapter 4 Decision Making: Tips for Helping Your Child Make Healthy Choices 81

Chapter 5 Frustration Tolerance: Developing Your Child's Patience and Ability to Manage Obstacles 101

Chapter 6 Self-Monitoring: Teaching Your Child to Look Within 125

Chapter 7 Social Skills: Building Your Child's Social Competence 151

Chapter 8 Independent Technology Use: Teaching Children About the Risks and Benefits 179

Chapter 9 Raising Independent Children in Special Circumstances 209

Conclusion 231

Suggested Readings 239

Index 241

About the Authors 247

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