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Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., father of three and a clinical psychiatrist, has researched and studied for years what exactly makes children feel good about themselves and the world they live in. Now, in this new book, Dr. Hallowell shares his findings and also proposes a new approach to interacting with, as well as influencing, children.
Dr. Hallowell outlines a 5-step plan that parents, educators, and child psychologists can use in providing children with a sense of happiness. Connection, play, practice, mastery, and recognition: as fundamental as these five concepts are, Dr. Hallowell argues that they hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness, and spiritual values. Each step is explored in depth with concrete examples from Dr. Hallowell's personal and professional experiences.
Privilege, wealth, and expensive “extras” are not necessary for happiness—there are many stories here of children who have overcome poverty, abandonment, and shocking deprivation to find true fulfillment. Dr. Hallowell encourages those who deal with children to reconnect with the moments in their own childhoods that made a difference; he explores the impact of genetics and environmental factors on the inner workings of a child’s mind; and he discusses how activities like team sports, community service, religious observance, and household chores can foster a child’s sense of mastery.
Like the works of T. Berry Brazelton and Benjamin Spock before it, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness is infused with the wisdom and humanity of a doctor who truly loves and understands children. Of interest to students of child and developmental psychology.