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The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy Kindle Edition
As Dr. Hallowell argues, we don’t need statistical studies or complicated expert opinions to raise children. What we do need is love, wonder, and the confidence to trust our instincts. This inspiring book outlines a 5-step plan that all parents can use in giving their children the gift of happiness that will last a lifetime. Connection, play, practice, mastery, and recognition: as fundamental as these five concepts are, they hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness, and spiritual values. Dr. Hallowell explores each step in depth and shows how they work together to foster trust, respect, and joy.
Privilege, wealth, and expensive “extras” are not necessary for happiness—there are many stories here of children who have overcome poverty, abandonment, and shocking deprivation to find true fulfillment. Dr. Hallowell encourages us as parents to reconnect with the moments in our own childhoods that made a difference; he explores the impact of genetics and environmental factors on the inner workings of a child’s mind; and he discusses how activities like team sports, community service, religious observance, and household chores can foster a child’s sense of mastery.
Like the works of T. Berry Brazelton and Benjamin Spock, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness is infused with the wisdom and humanity of a doctor who truly loves and understands children. Writing with the warmth of a friend and the authority of an expert, Dr. Hallowell gives us a book at once practical and exuberant, joyous and informative, eye-opening and reassuring. Ultimately, this book is a celebration of childhood and of the magic that happens between parents and the children they love.
—MICHAEL THOMPSON, Ph.D.
New York Times bestselling coauthor of
Raising Cain and Best Friends, Worst Enemies
“Dr. Hallowell writes not only with wisdom and experience, but also with heart. In clear, sparkling language, he provides us with practical, engaging ideas about what really matters in childhood. His joy and resilience are contagious.”
—HARRIET LERNER, Ph.D.
New York Times bestselling author of The Dance of Anger
“A masterpiece . . . Magical and must reading, this book needs to be read and reread by all parents who struggle to chart the best course for their children.”
—PETER S. JENSEN, M.D.
Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health
Department of Child Psychiatry
Columbia University/NY State Psychiatric Institute
From the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000FC1H9G
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
- Publication date : October 1, 2002
- Language : English
- File size : 488 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0345442326
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #631,494 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This book re-kindled memories of my own childhood, both good and bad that will help to establish a baseline for raising my little guy. It was also a very entertaining read. I laughed, cried a little, was inspired and a little heartbroken, but in the end, determined to remember this book when obstacles in fatherhood arrive. I will, no doubt, be revisiting this book over and over again throughout my son's life. What a resource.
If you are an expecting parent or a parent already, please do you and your child a favor and buy and read this book. If you are a loved one of an expecting parent, or a parent that could use a little support, please do them a favor and purchase them this book. And make sure they read it. It will help to make the world a little bit better for us all.