If, like most parents, your goal is to raise kids who are responsible, kind, intelligent, and yes, even fun, then this concise-yet-thorough guide is for you! Tapping into her psychology background, along with twenty-five years of experience working with kids in all stages of development (including her own four), Tara offers tips to help you:
Define what it means to be good in your home and learn to lovingly take charge, encouraging your kids to respect you and your authority.
Find ways to discourage and retrain annoying and even dangerous behaviors (like throwing toys and tantrums, running away from you, etc.)
Prioritize taking care of you, giving you more energy (and sanity) for the sometimes exhausting parenting journey
Develop your own core beliefs as a parent, helping you establish and achieve your goals for your family
Taras honesty, approachability, and candor will engage you while offering insights that may keep you sane for the next eighteen-ish or so years. Put on an educational show for the kids (ha!), pour your fifth cup of coffee for the day (she knows its only nine a.m.), and gain some wisdom on how to teach your kids to be good (some advice works for spouses as well).
The foreword is being written by Ellen Winner, professor of child psychology at Boston College, specialising in gifted children and author of GIFTED CHILDREN (Basic Books).
“My kids were driving me crazy. Now we’re all working together again.”
“A whimsical name for a seriously good book. ‘Fingerpainting’ is a lot more than another ‘How to’ book.”
How would you like to take some of the pressure out of parenting? Do you want to know how to really help kids and have fun with them at the same time? If parenting or managing children has been perplexing, frustrating, or tedious for you, why not shake things up a bit? Put that old “parent-by-number” book away, and try “fingerpainting in psych class.”
Today, many parents have rejected the dictatorships they resented from their own childhoods. But they overcorrected by turning into child-pleasers. Showering praise and letting kids rule the roost has actually eroded the very self-esteem parents are trying to create.
Using her clinical experience, psychiatrist Robin Berman shows parents how they can take charge while building a loving family with deep connections. How children learn love and respect at home becomes the template for how they show love and respect in life. It’s a huge task, but Dr. Berman is your ally every step of the way.
Every parent’s struggles are reflected (many of them comically), but so are heartwarming triumphs. Parents, teachers and children themselves recount turning points at which they figured out what great parenting looked like and the magic it unlocked.
This engaging book—a perfect mix of medical research and inspirational anecdotes—just might be the key to being the parent you want to be and the parent your children need.