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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust

An excellent guide for raising kids with positivity. 

Too many parents focus on "do as I say, not as I do" when they should be leading by example.

Parents don't realize the power of positivity and the effects that negativity can have on their children.

The examples in this book really opened my eyes and at the smallest words can hurt our children, how constant negativity can be a real downer and how not giving our children enough praise or positive reinforcement can cause a lot of damage in the long run.

I really love how there are so many quotes from real kids in this book, especially teenagers who tell it like it is. As a parent of a teenager those words really hit home.

I highly recommend this book to all parents. It doesn't matter if your children are toddlers or teenagers. 

This is advice you need. 

And it's simple. 

Love. Protect. Trust. 

Live a positive life. 

Lead through positivity, not negativity and punishment. Find balance, share the balance. Be loving. Be their friend but above all be a parent they can look up to.


Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust
Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD, MS Ed, FAAP with Ilana Ginsburg and Talia Ginsburg
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics, Distributed by Independent Publishers Group
Publication: March 24, 2015
Description
Pediatrician Ken Ginsburg has been helping parents of adolescents for many years, and now his teenage daughters, Talia and Ilana, have joined him in writing Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust.
Offering essential tips on fostering resilience in teens, this book helps parents understand how they can balance unconditional love and still set high expectations for their children; as well recognize when to set boundaries or get out of kids’ way so they can learn lessons firsthand.
This book will help parents
• Eliminate the need for “Helicopter” or “Tiger” parenting
• Become a stable beacon so your children can turn to you for guidance and self measurement
• Start meaningful conversations by being a sounding board, not necessarily a dictator
• Reduce anxiety – yours and theirs – as they venture out on their own
Combining Dr. Ginsburg’s breadth of experience with the perspective of his daughters and the views of 500 adolescents, Raising Kids to Thrive offers a fresh take on how to successfully parent teens in today’s complicated world.
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American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Book from Best-Selling Author: Raising Kids To Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust
Renowned Resilience Expert, Ken Ginsburg MD, MS ED, FAAP, Combines His Experience with Perspective from His Teenage Daughters and Over 500 Adolescents
MARCH 2015, CHICAGO In his latest book --  Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust (American Academy of Pediatrics, March 24, 2015) -- best-selling author, pediatrician and resilience expert, Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, offers essential tips on fostering resilience in teens.  He gently helps parents understand how they can meet the challenge to balance unconditional love, yet still hold high expectations for their children.  Through his “Lighthouse Parenting Strategy,” he also helps parents recognize when to set boundaries and when to get out of kids’ ways.
This groundbreaking book includes two chapters written by Dr. Ginsburg’s twin teenage daughters, and interweaves opinions and input of over 500 adolescents who participated in the “Youth View” chapters.  By combining the wealth of experience from Dr. Ginsburg and insightful commentary from today’s teenagers, Raising Kids to Thrive offers a fresh take on how to successfully parent teens in today’s complicated world.
Raising Kids to Thrive will help parents to raise kids who thrive for lifetime by:
        Balancing unconditional love with high expectations.
        Eliminate the need for helicopter or “tiger” parenting.
        Start meaningful conversations with their children by being a sounding board, not necessarily a dictator.
        Become a stable beacon so their children can turn to them for guidance and self-measurement.
        Understand and accept that people are uneven and the importance of expecting growth, not perfection from children.
        Reduce anxiety – for themselves and their kids – as they venture out on their own and move into adulthood.
        Holding our kids to high moral standards, while also being a role model for those standards.
“People are uneven,” says Dr. Ginsburg. “Highly successful people are great at something, and their desire to explore other areas is what makes them interesting.” He adds, “We harm kids when we suggest that to make it in this world they must be good at absolutely everything.”


Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, is a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and director of health services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. He is the author of the best-selling Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings (AAP – currently in its 3rd Edition, October 2014).

Available at bookstores nationwide and online; also available from shop.AAP.org/books, the award-winning AAP Web site for parents.


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