Nurturing Good Children Now is aimed at parents whose kids range approximately from three to ten. In order to build a foundation of strong character in younger kids, Ron identifies ten essential traits that children (and, I dare say, people of all ages) need to thrive in today’s world: “mood mastery” (teaching them how to regulate and sooth themselves); “expressiveness” (helping them talk about what matters to them); “peer smarts” (guiding them socially, to make good friends and avoid destructive, hurtful ones); “respect” (inspiring them to listen to responsible adults); “focus” (getting them to slow down and pay attention even in the face of distractions); “body comfort” (encouraging them to see their looks in a positive light, even if they culture teaches them not to); “team intelligence” (helping them understand and work well in collaboration and within groups); “passion” (fostering their natural love of learning and self-driven interests), and “gratitude” (help them appreciate). These are not always easy traits to nurture; the culture works against parents. But child development research and Ron’s practical advice makes it is possible to nurture 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 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Parents
- “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