Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust

by Kenneth R. Ginsburg
Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust

Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust

by Kenneth R. Ginsburg


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From award-winning author Ken Ginsburg comes this new work which explores an innovative idea in parenting: "The Lighthouse Parenting Strategy." This strategy answers 2 of the toughest questions with which parents struggle: 1) How do I give my child the unconditional love he needs to thrive, while also holding him to high expectations? and 2)How do I protect my child while also letting her learn life's lessons?

This content includes some of the proven concepts based on positive youth development and resilience and combines new research with expert opinion to help parents consider how to approach these tough questions. Perspectives from over 500 teen interviews are also part of this groundbreaking work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581108675
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 715,602
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practices adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings and But I'm Almost 13!" An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent. He is the father of 2 children and lives in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Preface xv

Introduction xix

Part 1 Unconditional Love Versus High Expectations 1

Overview 1

What You Will Learn 1

Chapter 1 The Protective Force of Parental Love 3

Chapter 2 Why Does Love Sometimes Feel Like a One-way Street? 11

Chapter 3 Can We Be Too Connected to Our Children? 17

Chapter 4 Setting High Expectations for Success and Morality 21

Chapter 5 High Expectations Gone Awry: The Problem With Focusing Mainly on Academic Performance 31

Chapter 6 Setting Expectations That Promote Success 41

Chapter 7 Setting Clear Expectations About Risky Behaviors 61

Moments for Personal Reflection or Serious Discussion 64

Part 2 Protection Versus Learning From Life's Lessons 67

Overview 67

What You Will Learn 67

Chapter 8 Protection Versus Preparation 71

Chapter 9 The Upside of Failure 83

Chapter 10 Navigational Strategies 97

Chapter 11 Preparing Your Child for a Stressful World 117

Chapter 12 Loving Boundaries 133

Chapter 13 Effective Monitoring 147

Chapter 14 Parenting Toward Lifelong Interdependence 163

Moments for Personal Reflection or Serious Discussion 168

Part 3 The Voice of Youth 171

Overview 171

Chapter 15 Eliciting the Youth Perspective 175

Chapter 16 The Youth Perspective: Love Versus Expectations 183

Chapter 17 The Youth Perspective: Protection Versus Trust 201

Part 4 Rebooting: Moving Toward the Relationship You Hope to Have 211

Overview 211

Chapter 18 Getting Started: Laying the Groundwork for Productive Communication 213

Chapter 19 Creating the Space for Change 219

Chapter 20 Communication 101: Listening and Talking 231

Chapter 21 Communication 201: It's More Than What You Say 237

Chapter 22 Guiding Our Kids to Own Their Solutions 241

Chapter 23 A Chapter for Young People: First Steps Toward a Better Relationship With Your Parents 247

Parting Thoughts 261

Index 263

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