Raising Kids with Character: Developing Trust and Personal Integrity in Children

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 234 pages
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Raising Kids with Character shows parents, clinicians, and policy-makers how the love relationship between parents and children is the workshop of the child's maturing personality, connecting everyday moments in family life to the growth of the child's sense of values and meaning. The book explains how children develop into fine, morally strong adults through their identification with loving parents, and combines practical wisdom about ordinary family experiences with an in-depth discussion of emotional development from birth through adulthood. Elizabeth Berger, MD, is a child psychiatrist and nationally acclaimed parenting expert. Her book looks beyond the parent's response to "negative behavior" to understand the meaning of the child's behavior within the growth process, while helping parents gain mastery of their own emotional reactions as a key to assisting this process. Rich vignettes of ordinary families, along with professional case studies of trouble youngsters in therapy, make this intelligent and well-written book the essential tool for parents and others looking not just to "manage" children but to understand and to nurture their spirits.
  

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Contents

Why Character Counts
1
Intimacy from Birth through Preschool
5
On the Parents Good Authority
33
Building SelfDiscipline
51
From Collapsing to Coping
77
The Struggle to Be Nice
101
The Emphasis on People
123
Citizenship in School
145
The Adolescent s Needs
171
Fostering Maturity
183
Male and Female
195
Romance and Marriage
207
Towards the Eternal
221
References
227
Index
229
Copyright

The Floundering Student
157

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Elizabeth Berger, M.D., is a child psychiatrist with thirty years' experience treating children and addressing the needs of families as a policy-advocate. Dr. Berger lives in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania with her husband; they have two adult children.

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