Nurturing Good Children Now 10 Basic Skills to Protect and Strengthen Your Child's Core Self

Ron Taffel, Ph.D., with Melinda Blau

Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press



Trade Paperback

304 Pages



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In these difficult, sometimes violent, times, how can we nurture children who are both good and happy? How can we help them stay safe, be respectful, and reach their full potential? Nurturing Good Children Now outlines precisely what is important to foster in our kids, and how to raise children who have a deep sense of values and an enthusiastic spirit. The most essential traits that children need to thrive in today's world are: mood mastery, expressiveness, peer smarts, body comfort, team intelligence, respect, passion, focus, caution, gratitude.

This compassionate book offers unflinching social commentary, the latest research on child development, and practical advice. We can nurture good children now, and, for a better future, we must.


Praise for Nurturing Good Children Now

"Through superb examples, powerful insight, and wise advice, Dr. Ron Taffel abundantly shares the keys to nurturing and leading our children today so they can become the loving, confident, healthy adults we all desire in the future. A truly powerful guide for parents."—Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

"Dr. Ron Taffel offers sensible advice on how to raise good, productive kids in the turbulent nineties. He has children and it shows in the writing. He knows what it feels like to be a parent today. I recommend this book to all parents and educators who are trying to raise sane kids in a crazy culture."—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and In the Shelter of Each Other

"Dr. Ron Taffel is my favorite expert on getting through to kids. When it comes to wisdom and practical advice, he's a national treasure."—Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and The Mother Dance

"Parents who work at teaching the ten skills outlined her will find that they are also teaching basic values. This combination of usable skills and understood values creates kids that are both good and happy."—Linda and Richard Eyre, authors of Teaching Your Children Values and How to Talk to Your Child About Sex

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  • Ron Taffel, Ph.D., with Melinda Blau

  • Ron Taffel, Ph.D., is a noted child and family therapist and author of the critically acclaimed Parenting by Heart and Why Parents Disagree. He is an award-winning contributing editor to Parents magazine and the founder and director of Family and Couples Treatment Services at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City.

    Melinda Blau is an award-winning journalist and the author of Watch Me Fly, Families Apart, Loving and Listening, and Our Turn, as well as the co-author with Dr. Taffel of Parenting by Heart.