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The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy by [Edward M. Hallowell Md]
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“Ned Hallowell possesses the most inspiring and optimistic voice emerging from the American medical community today. . . . He brings his scientific knowledge and his generous heart to bear on the problems that afflict our lives and those of our children, and we are the better for his unique vision.”
—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


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Hallowell (Driven to Distraction) provides a refreshing look at what children really need in order to grow up to be happy adults. Hallowell argues that kids do not need straight As, a crammed schedule of extracurricular activities or even a traditional family in order to become contented adults. What children really need, according to the author, are unconditional love from someone (not necessarily a parent) and the opportunity to revel in the magic and play of childhood. Kids do not need perfect lives, and learn from adversity and failure, but for the best chance of future happiness, Hallowell says, they need five basic tenets: to feel connected, to play, to practice, attain mastery and receive recognition. It's easy to get caught up in the "great riptide that sucks kids out of childhood and into an achievement fast lane as early as nursery school," Hallowell warns. Instead, he says, parents should focus on social/emotional health and happiness, creating an environment in which kids are free to "develop the muscles of confidence, optimism and hope." Drawing upon the research of optimist expert Martin Seligman, happiness researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others, the author offers a solid case for establishing joyful childhood roots that form the basis of adult contentment. Though occasionally overly sentimental, Hallowell's heartfelt message is essential for our fast-paced, electronic age, reminding parents and children alike to slow down, enjoy life and learn to play well. (Oct.) Forecast: The publisher plans a solid media package, including an 8-city author tour, but Hallowell's name alone will boost sales.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 92 ratings

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