Drawing on cutting edge research from the Institute of HeartMath, California, as well as Shelley Davidow’s extensive experience in working with children and teens, Raising Stress-Proof Kids explores the powerful and potentially long-term effects of stress on our children. Most importantly, it offers simple but effective steps that parents can take to minimize the impact of stress at home and at school. These include tools from the author’s "Restorative Parenting Toolbox," empowering parents with the necessary skills to:
• resolve behavior issues
• deal with temper tantrums
• resolve sibling rivalries
• handle bullying
• cope with teenagers testing their independence
• navigate the challenges posed by the virtual world, and
• provide firm, effective guidance when problems arise.
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About the Author
Shelley Davidow, DCA, MSEd, is an internationally acclaimed author of forty-three books. Her recent nonfiction titles include Whisperings in the Blood (University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2016), Playing with Words (Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2016) coauthored with Paul Williams, and Raising Stress-Proof Kids (Familius, USA, 2015). She lectures in the departments of Education and Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.
For more information, visit www.shelleydavidow.com.
Table of ContentsIntroduction PART ONE: STRESS Stress Explained The Learned Stress Response The Heart–Brain Connection Positive Emotions and Stress PART TWO: ENVIRONMENTS Out of the Womb: Babies and Toddlers Starting to Explore: Early Childhood Off to School: Ages Six and Up Emerging Adults: The Teenage Years The Academic Pressure Cooker The Physical Environment Virtual Reality Supportive Emotional Environments Finding the Right Educational Environment Stopping Stress in its Tracks PART THREE: RESTORATIVE PARENTING Parenting for a Low-Stress Home The Parent Toolbox A Baby’s Cry Temper Tantrums Sibling Rivalries Friends and Enemies on the Playground Dealing with Bullies Independent Teens Final Thoughts Acknowledgements Notes Additional References Index