No doubt your child's well-being is of paramount importance to you. Yet you alone cannot determine who your child will become. There are myriad forces beyond your control from playmates, neighbors, and friends to movies, magazines, and television shows that will shape your child's development. How best can you, as your child matures, retain his trust and exert a positive influence?
In their latest book, William and Martha Sears bring the reason and common sense of their philosophy of parenting to the hurdles of raising the older child. Attachment parenting is not just for babies as children grow, they need to expand the web of their secure attachments to friends, teachers, community, and the wider world.
Combining anecdotes and advice, the Searses provide examples of what it is to raise an emotionally intelligent child, and explore the hurdles of raising children in an overstressed, media-saturated, and affluent society. As there is no single plan for any one family, the Searses show the range of ways a parent can retain a child's trust and wield a positive influence as their child matures, highlighting various parenting strategies and the families who used them to raise compassionate, independent, and resourceful children.
For those who have raised their babies and toddlers on the advice of the Sears Parenting Library, this book will take them one step further along the journey. By following the advice laid out in this book, parents can see that the bonds they have nurtured since infancy will provide the anchor that will ground their children through the challenging teen years and into adulthood.
The Successful Child extends the increasingly popular philosophy of "attachment parenting" beyond babyhood and the early years as it reveals the importance of your growing child's healthy connection not just to the family but to the world beyond. In inspiring case studies drawn from their nearly thirty years of practice as medical professionals, as well as on their own experience as the parents of eight children, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears introduce us to children and their parents who have successfully weathered the challenges of growing up. The topics covered include:
- empathy and compassion
- kindness and manners
- confidence and self-esteem
- the ability to make wise choices
- sense of humor
- sense of responsibility
- positive sibling relationships
- healthy friendships
- nurturing your child's special talents�in academics, sports, the arts, etc.
- ...and much more
Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, The Successful Child can help you provide her with the essential tools she needs to succeed in life.