Your child is special, a unique individual, the only one of him or her there will ever be. If you do not embrace this simple truth with reverence and enthusiasm, your child will know and will never completely get over it.
Your child began life’s journey with boundless potential but also with limitations. With your help, he or she can be extraordinarily successful. Still, there are mountains your child can never climb, rivers he can never cross, races he can never run. He comes to you on an “as is” basis. He can only be who he is, can only become the best him there ever was or ever will be.
Your journey into your child’s future is exciting and challenging, rewarding and disappointing, filled with pleasure and pain for you and for him. At the same time, it is the most important adventure you will ever experience. Your successful excursion into your child’s tomorrow begins with your assurance he grows up in a loving home.
Leo Tolstoy said, “All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Buddha said, “A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it’s like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.”
The loving home where your child flourishes includes the love and harmony of Buddha’s flower garden and much more.
It is Tolstoy’s happy family.
It is a place where encouragement, concern, attention, and affection abound.
It is a place where your child can fully realize his potentials physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and intellectually.
It is a place where your child does not merely succeed, he excels.
Your child is counting on you for unconditional love and encouragement, constructive opportunities and experiences, continuous care and concern. He’s also counting on you to teach him how to behave and to keep him on the right track. That track is wide and open but it does have boundaries. Along with constructive opportunities and experiences, your child needs age-appropriate rules and limits, expectations and responsibilities. Keeping him on the right track while being sure he receives the love and encouragement he must have is neither simple nor easy. Nonetheless, it is essential if your child is to excel in the ongoing, on-growing journey into his future.
The Parents Lead Parenting Guide represents a traditional approach to problems and opportunities, issues and strategies for you and your child as you live and love together. The book follows your child from infancy through adolescence focusing on the key developmental tasks and activities and on the most common problems and issues. The tasks and issues are combined with tips and strategies for successful management of your child’s ongoing development and life success.
The guide starts with an overview of the parenting process including checklists to see how you are doing as a parent and how well your child is adjusting to his or her world. The book then moves on to explore the primary developmental dimensions and the problems and opportunities you experience with your physical/doing child, your emotional/feeling child, your moral/spiritual child, your social/interacting child, your thinking/intelligent child.
With this foundation in place, the guide then turns to the most common signs and symptoms of childhood maladjustment, including tips and strategies you can use to cope with these issues if they arise. The areas of maladjustment included are your child and stress, your child and depression, your child and school adjustment, your child and behavior issues, your child and relationship problems, your child and mental illness, and your child and common medical concerns.
Parents lead so children succeed. With your love and leadership, your child will succeed and thrive.