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Today's understanding of child development better informs us.
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
Purchased this book and others by Julia cook in 2015. At the time I thought they were a great way to teach children.
For the past year I've really taken time to honestly reflect on what it means (and what it looks like) to grow responsible children. "We all want children to be safe, give them info they need to make wise choices in life, and teach them to think about the long term consequences of their behavior : not artificial consequences that we create, but real life consequences. Effective teaching builds on empathy, connection and child's desire to belong, contribute and learn"- john Dewey)
This book is chock full of contradictions. The main character RJ, makes a series of mistakes that leads to him having "the wort day ever" ... in response to him having made mistakes, everyone responds by telling him "I told you (so)..." no one ever address HIS feelings. This story assumes that a child will be able to remember what they've been "told to do"...
this book is all about listening, but no one is listening to the child/main character in this book.
Now, After having a better understanding of children's development. I know that PFC (prefrontal cortex- which controls our ability to attend & recall information, among other things) is still developing for this age group.
Sure you MAY be able to get the outcome that you want my teaching this way, but at what cost to the child's personal identity?
I believe that children want to do right by us, get along with us and other all while feeling confident and supported. I guess we all have our own way of "supporting" our children. I digress.
This book for me doesn't grow a TRULY responsible child. This book neglects to address the main characters feelings and needs as a young child & therefore results only a temporary solution to Him having had the worst day ever.