Magazine article Work & Family Life

Teaching Preteens How to Think for Themselves

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Teaching Preteens How to Think for Themselves

Article excerpt

As children approach the preteen and teen years, how can we help them resolve conflicts confidently and make good choices about their lives? "If we nurture and develop their problem-solving skills, kids this age will learn to trust their own judgment and develop an inner strength to know when to follow others and when to chart an independent course," says Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D., author of the newly published Raising a Thinking Preteen.

Dr. Shure, a developmental psychologist and professor at MCP Hahnemann University, takes the "I Can Problem Solve" program described in her 1996 bestseller Raising a Thinking Child (a Parent's Choice Award winner also featured on "Oprah") and applies it to kids from 8 to 12.

As children grow, their decision-making capabilities are challenged in new ways. In this book, Dr. Shure describes the skills necessary for preteens to be good problem-solvers (see front page article, this issue) and introduces a unique set of exercises, games and discussions parents can share with their children to help them recognize and express feelings they're having, identify why others behave the way they do and develop alternative ways to react when faced with challenging situations. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.