Friday, July 6, 2012

Review: Growing Happy Kids by Maureen Healy

We all want children to be happy and grow into productive, fulfilled adults, and according to parenting expert Maureen Healy, the secret to that success is in providing a foundation of inner confidence. With twenty years of experience as a spiritual teacher and child development expert, Healy knows that confidence is never "out there" but is something to be cultivated from inside.Healy literally traveled the world in search of the best practices in raising inwardly strong children and the connection between inner confidence and lasting happiness. In Growing Happy Kids, she draws on her Buddhist training, her background in child psychology, and the latest scientific research. The result is her insightful model for creating inner confidence and cultivating a sense of emotional strength that lays the foundation for children's happiest lives.Anyone who touches the life of a child—parents, teachers, school administrators, grandparents, clinicians—will gain wise ideas and practical suggestions for nurturing a child's sense of confidence and ultimately, happiness.

Received for review.

This was certainly a new take on the idea of promoting a healthy level of self-confidence in children though I don't necessarily agree with the practicality of all the author's profered ideas. For instance, she recommends parents help children visualize themselves as confident, etc. Seriously though, if my parents had suddenly started with that when I was a child I would have wondered if they'd been abducted and replaced by hippie robots. So, yes, some of the tools are good ideas, but others are probably best to leave until children are older, or at least old enough to make educated choices.

I'm all for healthy self-confidence in children and adults alike but this is really a bit too far over on the crunchy granola side for most of the population, however, the crunchy granola crowd should benefit from its ideas.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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