Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 22, 2011 - Psychology - 304 pages
Raising Children Who Think for Themselves offers a new approach to parenting that has the power to reverse the trend of external direction in our children and help parents bring up empathetic, self-confident, moral, independent thinkers. Children who are externally directed make decisions based on the peer groups, violent movies, sexually explicit television shows, and rap lyrics that permeate their lives. When children are self-directed, on the other hand, they use their power of reason like a sword to cut through the jungle of external influences. Fortunately, the author shows us, it is never too late to foster in our children the ability to weigh options, consider sources, and think for themselves.

Filled with real-life examples, humorous anecdotes, and countless interviews with parents, children, and teachers, Raising Children Who Think for Themselves
  • Identifies the five essential qualities of self-directed children
  • Outlines the seven strategies necessary for parents to develop these qualities in their children
  • Addresses nearly one hundred child-raising challenges—from body piercing to whining wars—and offers solutions to help encourage self-direction
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
Understanding Internal vs External Direction
11
ONE CREATING THE PROPER FAMILY ENVIRONMENT
19
A Word about Sibling Influences
44
TWO e HELPING CHILDREN DEVELOP HEALTHY
51
Derailing Unhealthy Internal Dialogue
66
Helping Them Rebound from the Effects
68
Playing Intuition Games
74
FIVE DiscIPLINING TO PROMOTE INTERNAL
89
Eight Discipline Techniques That Encourage SelfDirection
107
SIX HELPING CHILDREN REBOUND FROM FAILURE
121
Teaching Failure Tolerance by Not Overreacting
127
SEVEN HELPING CHILDREN HANDLE
133
Modern Technology
139
The Hurried Life
142
CONCLUSION
157

Helping Children Develop Empathy through Service
81
Teaching Children Empathy by Not Criticizing
87
LEVEL SYSTEM FOR TEENAGERS
275
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Elisa Medhus, MD, is a physician and mother of five who has practiced internal medicine for over thirty years. She is the author of three award-winning parenting books, including Raising Children Who Think for Themselves and Hearing Is Believing, and has lectured on parenting for schools, parent groups, and corporations. After the death of her twenty-year-old son Erik, Dr. Medhus began journaling her grief in her blog ChannelingErik.com and wrote the successful book My Son and the Afterlife. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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