The Birthday Rules: Critical Conversations to Have with Your Children (Ages 6-16)

The Birthday Rules: Critical Conversations to Have with Your Children (Ages 6-16)


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• When should children be allowed to have mobile devices?

• When should discussions of bullying take place?

• When will children be responsible enough to surf the Internet on their own?

• When should a parent talk to their children about depression and suicide?

In our fast-paced world consisting of ever-changing technology and evolving social norms, parents are finding the traditional challenges of raising well-adjusted, self-confident and socially responsible children ever more difficult. As parents, we struggle with when to grant certain permissions and when to have difficult conversations. We often avoid such decisions, waiting until an external event forces the conversation or too many kids at school have been granted the same permission. To meet these challenges, parents need a framework that can adjust to the development needs of each child, the values of each community and the means of each family. The Birthday Rules provides that framework.

The Birthday Rules provides a fun and flexible framework of an annual review process combined with a structure for increasing permissions, responsibilities and conversations. We suggest using a child’s birthday as not only a time to celebrate, but also as an excellent opportunity to have important conversations, grant desired permissions and explain the responsibilities that go along with those permissions.

The Birthday Rules offers a structure to help with one of the most important tasks parents have—creating a safe environment to communicate and demonstrate unconditional love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682612446
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Wald is a serial entrepreneur having directly raised three companies and as an advisor and investor helped to raise nearly a hundred more. Jeff is the founder and president of Work Market, the world’s leading software for managing on-demand labor. His previous companies include Spinback, sold to Salesforce (NYSE - CRM). Jeff was a Managing Director at hedge fund Barington Capital and started his career at JP Morgan. Jeff has an MBA from Harvard University and a MS and BS from Cornell University.

Rachel Marsh, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in child psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Marsh directs the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory where she studies brain, cognitive, and emotional development during childhood and adolescence and investigates the neural and behavioral underpinnings of child and adolescent psychopathology. Much of her research is aimed at understanding neurodevelopmental trajectories of disorders and problems that arise during childhood and adolescence.

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