Your Child: Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Development from Birth through Preadolescence

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9780062737304: Your Child: Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Development from Birth through Preadolescence

What does a typical three-year-old think about and feel? What can you anticipate from your five-year-old about to begin school? What does it mean that your eight-year-old seems to lie regularly?

Your Child takes you step-by-step through the developmental milestones of childhood, discussing specific questions and concerns and examining more troublesome problems. From choosing your baby's doctor to dealing with steep problems, from helping a child develop selfesteem to discerning when certain behaviors call for professional help -- and how to find it -- this book offers comprehensive and accessible information for parents on the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive development of children from infancy through the preadolescent years. Expertly and definitively offering practical advice and invaluable information, Your Child will guide you through every stage of your child's growth and help you meet the daily challenges of parenting.

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About the Author:

David Pruitt, M.D., editor-in-chief, is past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with over 6,600 members, is the leading national association of physicians dedicated to the healthy mental development of children and adolescents.



David Pruitt, M.D., editor-in-chief, is past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with over 6,600 members, is the leading national association of physicians dedicated to the healthy mental development of children and adolescents.

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From Willful to Willing

A wonderful woman who lived in a shoe

Had so many children,

And she knew exactly what to do.

She held them,

She rocked them,

She tucked them in bed,

"I love you, I love you"

Is what she said.

 

Have you ever thought, I have tried everything possible to get my child to get dressed (or do his homework, or clean his room) and then sadly said to yourself, I give up"? Have you ever punished your child and later felt guilty for having behaved in a way that you swore you never would? Have you ever promised yourself to exercise regularly, eat better, or spend more time with loved ones, but found that the promises you made to yourself are difficult to keep? Have you then given up, or felt guilty?

I wrote this book to help you permanently change your own behavior, because only by learning to discipline yourself will you be able to successfully guide your children's behavior. I will show why achieving self-control and self-discipline allows you to know exactly what to do in order to discipline your children.

If I asked you to teach a class in nuclear physics, could you do it? Probably not. Could you teach your child how to pole-vault? Again, probably not. You cannot teach what you do not know.

Yet we often demand that children acquire skills that we ourselves lack. We ask children to do as we say, not as we do. Parents yell, "Go to your room until you are in control of yourself." A mother grabs a toy that two preschoolers; are tussling over and says, "You know better than to grab toys from your friends. It's mine now!" Husbands and wives battle with each other, using attack skills such as name-calling and withdrawal. Then they demand that their children resolve conflicts calmly, by discussing them. Our own emotional intelligence is primitive at best, and whether we admit it or not, we pass our emotional clumsiness on to our children.

For most of us, being consistently in control of ourselves represents a major change. So this book is about change: It's about learning to change your own behavior, and your children's behavior, so that you can grow closer, embrace and resolve conflict, and enjoy life. Once you model self-control for your children, they will show better self-control than you have ever imagined they could achieve. Delightful surprises await you.

Once you model self-control for your children, they will show better self-control than you have ever imagined they could achieve.

 

Imagine telling your child one time to take a shower--and him actually marching off to do it! Imagine promising yourself to either conquer your clutter, or to relax about it--and then keeping your promise.

 

A NOTE ON MY USE of pronouns: I did not want to refer to your child as "he" throughout this book, but using "he or she" and "him or her" felt awkward. Instead, I alternate the use of masculine and feminine pronouns chapter by chapter. In chapter 11 use "he" and "him," in chapter 2, "she" and "her," and so on.

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