Magazine article Work & Family Life

Setting the Stage for Children to Create and Sustain Lifetime Joy

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Setting the Stage for Children to Create and Sustain Lifetime Joy

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This is a book about the roots of joy and the practical things parents and others can do to raise children who stand the best chance of becoming happy, responsible adults-which, of course, is what we all want for our kids.

Based on current research as well as his own experience as a parent, teacher and child psychiatrist, Dr. Edward M. Hallowell ushers the reader into "the often-thought-about but rarely mapped world of happiness-in-the-making."

The qualities that we want to instill in children are of paramount importance, says Dr. Hallowell. They include optimism, playfulness, a can-do attitude and "connectedness," the feeling of being part of something larger than yourself. The five-step plan Dr. Hallowell suggests (see front page story) is based on connection, play, practice, mastery and recognition. These concepts, he says hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness and spiritual values. …

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