Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child (Scribner; August 9, 2016) is the latest book by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., internationally renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child. In Raising Human Beings, Dr. Greene explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence — qualities we’d all like to see more of in children and adults alike.
Dr. Greene talks about the one thing parents want more of – influence – and how parents can have more of it while allowing their children to discover their own unique selves.
With extensive real-life scenarios, Q&A’s, and step-by-step instructions, Dr. Greene has written an essential and practical guide that arms parents will all the tools they need to raise kids who are confident, self-aware, empathic, and humane.
About Raising Human Beings
Parents have an important task: figure out who their child is—his or her skills, preferences, beliefs, values, personality traits, goals, and direction—get comfortable with it, and then help him or her pursue and live a life that is congruent with it. But parents also want to have influence. They want their kid to be independent, but not if he or she is going to make bad choices. They don’t want to be harsh and rigid, but nor do they want a noncompliant, disrespectful kid. They want to avoid being too pushy and overbearing, but not if an unmotivated, apathetic kid is what they have to show for it. They want to have a good relationship with their kids, but not if that means being a pushover. They don’t want to scream, but they do want to be heard. Good parenting is about striking the balance between a child’s characteristics and a parent’s desire to have influence.
Now Dr. Ross Greene offers a detailed and practical guide for raising kids in a way that enhances relationships, improves communication, and helps kids learn how to resolve disagreements without conflict. Through his well-known model of solving problems collaboratively, parents can forgo time-out and sticker charts, stop badgering, berating, threatening, and punishing, allow their kids to feel heard and validated, and have influence. From homework to hygiene, curfews, to screen time, Raising Human Beings arms parents with the tools they need to raise kids in ways that are non-punitive and non-adversarial and that brings out the best in both parent and child.
By Ross W. Greene Ph.D.
Published by Scribner
Hardcover: 304 pages
August 9, 2016; $26.00 US; 9781476723747
Dr. Ross W. Greene is the author of Raising Human Beings, Lost and Found, Lost at School, and The Explosive Child. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over twenty years, and is now founding director of the nonprofit organization Lives in the Balance (LivesintheBalance.org), which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on the model of care—now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions—described in his books. Dr. Greene’s research has been funded by the US Department of Education, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Stanley Medical Research Institute, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. He speaks widely throughout the world, and lives in Portland, Maine.
Reviews of Raising Human Beings
“Parents and children everywhere will benefit from Dr. Greene’s insights into everyday parent-child interactions. His empathic understanding of families’ daily struggles shines through the entire book. He provides realistic, concrete, and effective guidance for turning those struggles from confrontation to collaboration. Bravo!” — Joan E. Durrant, PhD, Author of Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting and Associate Professor of Family Social Sciences at the University of Manitoba
“Want to know how to prepare your child in the innovation era, raise a child who knows who he or she is and how to collaborate and solve problems creatively? Ross Greene shows you how in this book. Practice the parenting approach he describes, and your child will thrive!” — Tony Wagner, Author of The Global Achievement Gapand Creating Innovators, Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab, and Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute.
“Ross Greene takes a deep dive into the complexities of raising a human being and emerges with guidance that is clear, doable, and sure to empower both parents and their children.” — Adele Faber, co-author of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
“This book helped me realize I wasn’t alone in the mistakes I’ve made as a parent…and made me hopeful about the changes I can make in my parenting style and in how I interact with my kids. Whether your child is 5 or 15, the approach will elicit the type of communication, collaboration, and relationship that you want to ultimately have with your child. Dr. Greene’s writing style is so easy to follow and relate to…he’s not preachy or arrogant…he provides relevant information that can be used immediately…and he identifies with both the parent and the child. He provides lots of examples and advice that everyone who has kids will be able to identify with. I’ve often told my son that this is his first time being a teenager and this is my first time parenting a teen…that I’m learning as I go and there are many things that he and I have to navigate together. I’m far from perfecting this, but I’m a much more collaborative parent than I used to be…I’ve seen the aftermath of doing things the other way.” — Parent, Arlington, Virginia
Raising Human Beings is available on Amazon.com for $19.60.
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