Parenting: a Child's Perspective

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Trafford Publishing, Oct 24, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 196 pages

"Parenting: A Child's Perspective" is neither biographical nor auto-biographical, but includes selected snap-shots form the lives of hundreds of parents and children. The author of the book spent many years observing and listening to parents and children in a wide variety of situations, and has done an excellent job of recounting these experiences without being judgmental. These experiences are not just presented, the author sought to interpret these experiences form the child's point of view, and in a most empathetic way, advises parents on how they could respond in similar situations. As one reads, one gets the feeling that one is in a counseling session with an astute professional. The interesting thing, however, is that the book is not burdened by the professional jargon that can be inhibiting to most readers. The particular technique used by the author is quite difficulty. He sought to write the book from a child's perspective and to do so without gender bias. The reader will be impressed by the fact that the author has succeeded on both counts. As you read the book you get the feeling that the author was in your home eavesdropping on your family, because the situations are so real. If you are curious about how your child might view you, the book gives insights; wanting to know how to deal with difficult issues such as sex and sibling conflicts? This book gives you an unbiased and child-centered approach. Each chapter of the book takes a major issue during the first five years of the child's life, and dissects it in a way that provides new insights to parents at every stage of the parenting process.

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About the author (2007)

Dr. Jaslin Salmon is a Professor of Sociology who is also trained in Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is the son of Mrs. Jane Salmon and the late Leaford Salmon of Holly Hill in Westmoreland, Jamaica. After graduating from high school, the author worked with local government in Jamaica, after which he migrated to the United States of America to further his education. He attended Marion College in Marion, Indiana and obtained a B. A. in Sociology form Olivet Nazarene College, now Olivet Nazarene University. After completing his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker with the State of Illinois. In 1969 he was admitted to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he completed an M. A. Degree, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Counseling and Psychotherapy. In 1970, he accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois, and in 1972 was admitted to the Ph. D. program at the University of Illinois (Chicago). He was awarded the Ph. D. in Sociology in 1977. In 1976 he was appointed professor of Sociology at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois where he taught for 21 years. During his tenure at Triton, he founded and directed Illinois' first Center for Parenting, and produced and hosted a cable television program on parenting. In 1997 Dr. Salmon took early retirement and returned to his native Jamaica to serve as an Advisor in the Office of the Prime and National Coordinator of the country's Poverty Eradication Program. He held this position for eight years. He is currently the Founder, and President/ CEO of the International Institute for Social, Political and Economic Change (IISPEC) a think tank. He is the author of two previous books, numerous scholarly articles and hundreds of action-oriented articles. He has lectured, and written extensively on family issues, and is the father of two daughters.

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