Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Review : How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children...And Parents Too! by Gerald Newmark

I agreed to read and give an honest review of How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children...And Parents Too!, which was written by Gerald Newmark, in exchange for a copy of the book. I read the text with an open mind, but also thought about it from the perspective of a teacher as well as the perspective of a parent.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Newmark made sense, gave examples, and showed how to proceed beyond the basic ideas in the book. There are work book style pages toward the end of the text which help parents and families to individualize the way in which their home affects emotional health.

The only concern I noted was that the author does give a bit more power to the adults than I would consider appropriate. There are a few places where I noticed the author suggesting the parent pulls rank or that there is a family rule. The suggestion seems to address parental wants, for example clothing choices, rather than a mutual want that parent and child agree upon. I would urge caution when parents are pushing their preferences on children for any reason. I will say that the author does focus most of the book on mutual decisions that work for all people involved.

That being said, the book rises well above the texts I had to read and implement while employed as an elementary school teacher. It also considers the rights and emotional health of a child rather than only the wants of an adult who is "in charge". This book would be useful to all families, not just those who use little or no punishment. This book can serve as a guide to help teachers to create a positive environment with the help of students and parents.

It is my opinion that  How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children...And Parents Too! is useful and respectful to both children and adults. This book gives as much or as little support as a family or classroom needs. It is easy to create a positive, gentle, caring, and respectful environment with the help of this text.

 You can learn more about Gerald Newmark's work by visiting The Children's Project www.emotionallyhealthychildren.org .

How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children...And Parents Too! by Gerald Newmark can be purchased through this link.

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