Every parent would like to have a happy, well- behaved child – but every parent also knows this is not often a reality! Raising Happy Children For Dummies helps you better understand your children – from toddler to teen, boys and girls – and is packed with practical tips from an experienced parenting coach to improve your parenting, your child’s happiness and as a result, their behaviour. The book helps you explore your own parenting skills, helps you to define what changes you may need to make and provides advice on how to implement new parenting habits to improve you and your family’s relationships. Covering both day-to-day parenting and offering extra advice on how to help your children deal with life’s tougher challenges, this is a down to earth guide from a parenting coach and mother of two, Sue Atkins. Raising Happy Children For Dummies covers: Becoming a Confident Parent Knowing What Kind of Parent You Are - and Want to Become Understanding Your Kids' Needs Beginning with the End in Mind: Establishing Goals for Your Family Communicating Effectively and Connecting with Your Children Approaching Parenting With Common Sense Maintaining Great Relationships Getting Down to Earth and Practical: Disciplining Your Kids Choosing Different Strategies for Different Ages When the Going Gets Tough: Handling Conflict Coping With School Helping Your Child Cope with Individual Problems Helping Your Child Cope with Bigger Issues Raising Children with Unique and Special Needs Raising Twins, Triplets, and Multiple-Birth Children Ten Things to Do Every Single Day as a Parent Ten Techniques to Build a Happy Home Ten Things to Do When it All Goes Pear-Shaped Ten (or so) Top Resources for Parents
Parenting in the 21st century is easy and exciting, yet challenging and demanding. We now know more about how our children's brains develop than we've ever known before and this has profound implications for how we raise our children. Children develop strong brain connections and feel happy when they learn how to control their bodies, manage big overwhelming feelings and develop their thinking skills. These important skills come more easily for some than for others - which also means that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to parenting. Filled with stories, examples and easy to understand analogies, Raising Happy Children will help you understand: What is going on inside your child's developing body and brain; Your child's true nature and how this affects the way he thinks, feels and behaves. You'll also find lots of fun games you can play during your day-to-day interaction - crucial in the development of your child's ability to regulate his body and develop his thinking in the midst of big, overwhelming feelings. In this book, Lizanne also gives step-by-step ways to deal with some of the most common parenting struggles, as they relate to your unique child, such as: Meltdowns Temper tantrums Fears, anxieties and stress Once you understand your unique child, you'll be ready to set appropriate boundaries and put rituals and routines in place that will guarantee a calm, happy and deeply connected family.
Each age has had its own 'voice of authority', from Dr Spock to Penelope Leach. Raising Happy Children is different. Supportive, informative and honest, it draws not only from the hands-on experience of its authors, but from a wide range of practical experts in their field. Contributors range from the obstetrician Yehudi Gordon to the director of the Institute for Family Therapy, Hugh Jenkins. There has never been greater need for a book which shows understanding of the pressures and stresses on parents, while teaching them the much-needed practical skills. Picking up where most books leave off, its detailed and thought-provoking content focuses on the tough problems, contentious issues and crucial questions faced by all parents. This is a book to enable - not to preach. Pragmatic and parent-friendly, humorous and intelligent, Raising Happy Children provides all the information and options you need to negotiate vital and stressful areas of parenthood.
This text focuses on questions faced by parents who care about family relationships and the welfare of their baby and young child. It covers issues such as: communicating with baby; feeding and food wars; bereavement, divorce and step-families; the child's self-esteem; and school pressures.
Teach Yourself - the world's leading learning brand - is relaunched in 2010 as a multi-platform experience that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Let our expert author guide you through this brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book. Go online at www.teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry - every book gives you 1, 5 and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started. Teach Yourself Bringing up Happy Children will help you to raise confident and secure children and to enjoy a happy and harmonious home. It contains many ideas and tools for gaining co-operation rather than nagging as well as numerous tips and strategies for getting through every day niggles such as quarrels and tantrums. You will also find suggestions for ways to deal with tough topics such as bereavement and divorce. There is a non-judgemental and reassuring tone throughout, and plenty of interactive quizzes, charts and exercises to get you thinking about fresh approaches to old problems. Numerous quotes and stories from parents bring the exercises to life.
Each day brings new tests and challenges - and incredible happiness as we watch our children grow from helpless newborn to independent teen. "THE ART OF RAISING HAPPY KIDS" can't provide all the answers, but it can help resolve some often biggest issues facing parents, from coping with the sniffles to navigating social media. Whether you're cradling an infant or getting ready to send you child off to college, the most important things is to enjoy the ride! Every parent wants their child to be happy, healthy and well adjusted. But in an ever-changing world, how do we do just that? In this book, experts in child development, pediatrics, psychology and social work provide simple, straightforward advice on how to help your child grow up to be a strong, caring individual. It includes information on what it takes to keep a child healthy, including the newest research on nutrition, sleep, exercise and development. It illustrates how to build strong family ties, including bolstering emotional intelligence, effective communication strategies, and why it’s okay to let your child occasionally fail. Plus: Advice on navigating the world at large, from finding a balance with social media to coping with bullies and overcoming depression. Finally, developmental guidelines for every age, from newborns to teens, help the reader navigate the changes a child will face. Parenting can be a challenge, and this book is here to make the journey a little bit easier.
All parents want nothing but the "BEST" for their children; they want their child to grow up happy, build meaningful relationships, and be successful in their chosen field. However, this could only be possible if parents are able to raise their children in a loving and nurturing environment. That's why you, as a parent, play a big role in the quality of life that your child will have as he or she grows older. This book will show you strategies and tips on how you can help nurture your child and enable them to grow as happy children. Here you will learn about: Positive Parenting and how effective it is in raising responsible and happy childrenThe different personalities of children and their needsDifferent discipline methods without using the rodHow to set boundaries, give freedom, and at the same time, teach your child how to be responsibleHow to build a strong and lasting relationship with your childHow you can become a good role model to your child"And much more..." Learn how you can be a better parent to your child..."Grab your copy now!"
“Covers every facet of life from making the divorce decision to breaking the news to your kids to successful co-parenting to moving on” (Rosalind Sedacca, CDC, founder, Child-Centered Divorce Network). You can build a happy new life! Are you a stressed-out single mum, juggling childcare, work and home, and struggling to cope with all the emotional and practical demands on you? You’re not alone! The Single Mum’s Survival Guide is packed with words of inspiration, comfort, wisdom, and experience from a host of real-life single mums and expert professionals to make life easier, help you on your way, and put your mind at rest with answers to questions such as: How do I tell the kids? How do I get over this split and move on? Why is my child behaving like this and what should I do about it? How will I feel when my kids meet his new girlfriend? How do I deal with all the legal stuff? How can I manage on this little money? How can I have more energy when I’m so tired all the time? Is it OK to ask for help—and who can I ask? Can I ever forgive my ex? Can I really be single and happy? When is it time to start dating again—and how will I know if he’s Mr. Right? “Fully packed with wonderful advice, witty, not afraid to tackle the difficult stuff but very funny at the same time. A must-read for all the single mums out there!” —Florence Parot, author of The Sophrology Method
This journal will help kids feel more confident, relaxed and happy in all aspects of their life. Adorned with fun illustrations, it is designed to develop a can-do attitude that encourages 'having a go', accepting that mistakes might be made along the way. From this, kids can develop the mindset to take the small steps needed to make big dreams come true. Full of practical techniques and fun activities, from drawing and colouring, to thought-provoking questions, this journal from parenting expert Sue Atkins will empower children to build resilience and a growth mindset. It is the perfect tool to help kids find their superpowers and put small changes into practice that will make a big difference to their lives.
When your parents tell you that they are getting divorced, you might have lots of big feelings - like anger, fear and sadness - and lots of questions too. This journal is packed full of activities that will help you work through these feelings and get your thoughts and questions out into the open. This journal from parenting expert Sue Atkins gives children aged 7+ a safe place to express their feelings about divorce and the resulting changes, so that they can start to understand them. Full of creative activities to help them process this life-changing event, it provides children with a source of strength and comfort through this challenging time, as well as giving them a way of sharing how they are feeling with a trusted adult.
Renowned and respected family psychologist John Rosemond blames child-centered parenting books from recent decades for creating a generation of dependent, often defiant children. He sets the record straight in The New Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children, an updated version of his highly successful book published more than fifteen years ago. Booms in technology and mass media have created significant changes in society in the last two decades. The text in this revised book has been thoroughly updated to reflect today's society, yet the foundation of Rosemond's timeless and effective approach remains constant. He encourages families to return to tried-and-true, fundamental parenting truths that people did naturally before the "new science of parenting": * Parents aren't their children's friends; they are their leaders. * Parents are at the center of a family-not kids. * Your marriage must come before your children. Each chapter includes easy-to-relate-to questions from parents, which Rosemond answers with both common sense and a sense of humor. For families feeling overwhelmed by competing advice about parenting, this book will ground them with logical, proven approaches to the most significant challenges parents face today. From issues such as self-esteem and discipline to television and chores, this straightforward guidance will facilitate a return to parent-centered families where children are raised into responsible adults.
We humans are pretty clever. We’ve mastered fire, invented the wheel, calculated the age of the Universe, sent people to the Moon, built machines that think, and cracked the genome. So you’d think that with all our smarts, somebody would’ve come up with a surefire formula for raising kids. Maybe that’s because every child, like every parent, is an individual, and no two parent-child relationships are ever the same. So, you can give up any notions of being a perfect parent. But, you can learn to keep the big mistakes to a minimum and make the parenting enterprise easier and more rewarding for your children and you. Which is where this book comes in. Whether you’re child is a newborn, a teen, or somewhere in-between, Parenting For Dummies gives you the scoop on parenting basics. From dealing with a crying baby and potty training, to building self-esteem and talking with them about sex, it offers a gold mine of up-to-date advice and guidance on how to: Learn to communicate with your kids Develop a good relationship with your kids Keep your kids safe and healthy Help your kids grow up to be good people Keep your cool and control their behavior Discipline constructively and with a minimum of stress Build self-esteem in your children Avoid committing the parenting sins your parents taught you Experts Sandy and Dan Gookin—she’s the parenting expert for Parents Magazine and Working Mother Magazine and he’s a father of four—avoid the psychological hype and medical terminology and give you the straight poop on all aspects of child-rearing, including: Speaking and listening to kids The importance of being consistent Keeping a sense of humor Dealing with babies Childhood growth and development Health and nutrition Kids’ changing physical needs Developing a good person Written by parents for parents, Parenting For Dummies gives you the know-how and skills you need to be the parent of healthy, happy kids.