Giving Kids Roots and Wings
Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, FAAP
This award-winning book shows parents how to help kids bounce back from life’s challenges!
Item #: CB0065
ISBN 13: 978-1-58110-551-3
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Confronting the overwhelming amount of stress kids face today, this invaluable guide offers coping strategies for facing the combined elements of academic performance, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressure, and family tension.
The handbook acknowledges that adolescents commonly survive stress by either indulging in unhealthy behaviors or giving up completely, and its suggested solutions are aimed at strengthening resilience. The proposed plan enables kids from the age of 18 months to 18 years to build the seven crucial “C’s”—competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control—needed to bounce back from challenges.
A variety of approaches are featured such as building on natural strengths, fostering hope and optimism, avoiding risky behaviors, and taking care of oneself physically and emotionally. With new chapters on perfectionism, the negative portrayal of teens, military families, and what parents can do when resilience has reached its limits, this examination also includes two personalized guides for creating customized strategies.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Resilience and Stress
Chapter 1 Why Resilience?
Chapter 2 Stress and Its Effects
Chapter 3 Ingredients of Resilience: 7 Crucial Cs
Chapter 4 Not Letting Others Undermine Your Child’s Resilience (or Psyche You Out!)
Part 2 Competence and Confidence
Chapter 5 Getting Out of the Way
Chapter 6 The Value of Play
Chapter 7 Noticing, Praising, and Criticizing
Chapter 8 Authentic Success
Chapter 9 Thinking Clearly
Chapter 10 No More Lectures
Chapter 11 “I Get It!”
Chapter 12 Changing Behavior Step-by-step
Chapter 13 Shifting the Blame to Save Face
Chapter 14 Media Literacy
Chapter 15 Not Being Broken
Chapter 16 Building Confidence
Part 3 Connection, Character, and Contribution
Chapter 17 Connection
Chapter 18 The Art and Importance of Listening
Chapter 19 Strengthening Family Ties
Chapter 20 Widening the Circle
Chapter 21 Some Cautions About Connection
Chapter 22 Supporting Resilience in Military Families
Chapter 23 Character
Chapter 24 Contribution
Part 4 Coping
Chapter 25 Getting a Grip on Stress
Chapter 26 Taking Action
Chapter 27 Taking Care of Your Body
Chapter 28 Taking Care of Your Emotions
Part 5 Control
Chapter 29 Styles of Discipline
Chapter 30 Positive Discipline Strategies
Chapter 31 Increasing Kids’ Control
Chapter 32 Delaying Gratification and Trusting Their Decisions
Chapter 33 One Rung at a Time
Chapter 34 Not Everything Is Within Our Control
Part 6 When Resilience Is Challenged Beyond Reasonable Limits
Chapter 35 Extreme Circumstances
Chapter 36 Turning for Help
Chapter 37 When Your Own Resilience Reaches Its Limits
Part 7 Especially for Communities and Individual Teens
Chapter 38 Community-based Resilience-building Strategies
Chapter 39 Just for Kids: A Personalized Guide for Managing Stress
About the Author
Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, FAAP is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and practices adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author of But I'm Almost 13!: An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent and the coauthor of Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond. He lives in Philadelphia.
What People Are Saying About Building Resilience in Children and Teens
Dr Ken Ginsburg’s work on resilience forms the basis of our entire adolescent medicine practice. Teaching young people to use their strengths to prevent and manage problems helps them to be in control of their own futures; teaching parents to recognize and build resilience in their children fosters productive family-based partnerships that last a lifetime and save lives. Whether 3 years old or 30, whether struggling with “normal” developmental issues or major medical or psychological stresses, Dr Ginsburg empowers parents to raise children who love, accept, and protect themselves. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids?
Susan Sugerman, MD, MPH,
President and Cofounder, Girls to Women Health and Wellness
Building Resilience in Children and Teens provides a rich and valuable resource for anyone who cares about overcoming the increasing pressures of student achievement. Dr Ginsburg has created a great way for adolescents to manage stress and offers effective strategies to prepare this often-overlooked age group to thrive. It was a super pick for our school and community books clubs—a must-read for any adult involved in middle schools!
Principal, Stanley Middle School, Lafayette, CA
This book is about recognizing your child’s strengths and parenting from a place of what you can influence. By helping parents understand what is normal developmentally, [Dr Ken Ginsburg] helps us refocus our impression of teens as difficult, and in the process helps us enhance our child’s feelings of competence, setting the groundwork for raising children who can cope on their own in today’s complex world. As a parent of 9- and 19-year-olds, and as someone who has brought Dr Ginsburg to speak to parents and teens in our community, I can tell you his genuine concern for children comes through on the pages of this book. Not only is he a parent himself, but he is on the front lines with teens in his office every day. There’s no magic answer, but this book gives parents well-thought-out advice on raising children so they have the tools they need for authentic success in life. This book is one you will keep on your shelf to refer back to and share with friends.
Sharon B. Greenstein
Parent Education Chairperson, Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council
Dr Ginsburg has focused on one of the most critical traits necessary for student on their path to self-actualization. This book provides a commonsense approach and time-tested exercises for stress reduction for students. Building Resilience can be the “spark” to assist students in their social-emotional growth.
Professional school counselor and Past President, Illinois School Counselor Association
Dr Ginsburg masterfully integrates cutting-edge theory and research with his rich, insightful, and compelling vision for enhancing the lives of youth. No book better serves parents, practitioners, policy makers, and educators in its respective effort to promote the health and positive development of children and adolescents.
Richard M. Lerner, PhD
Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University, and author or editor of more than 70 books, including The Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescence from the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years
[Dr Ken Ginsburg’s] book…has become a vital part of our training and support resources for parents, professionals, and community volunteers. Over the years we have found…that Ken Ginsburg’s research-based and evidence-informed training and practical scholarship is an incredible asset in helping us support parents and expand the convoy of other supporting adults that understand the challenges of mobility and transition faced by America’s military-connected children and youth.
Mary M. Keller, EdD
President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition