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Check It Out: Parenting can be one tough job

July 24, 2010|By Jana Colver

Oh, the joys of parenthood! Most of the time it's wonderful, but sometimes it gets tough. That's when a visit to the library just might help. Books on the topic of parenting range from humorous and anecdotal to serious problem solving.

But beyond the typical troubleshooting manuals with behavior modification and disciplinary techniques, you can also find insightful direction for raising responsible, compassionate, and socially responsible children. These titles available at the Newport Beach Public Library address ways of instilling children with a personal conscience, core values, empathy towards others and the ability to make individual lifelong decisions.

"The We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids" by Michael Ungar, PhD: Written in the spirit of helping parents foster their offspring to be less self-involved and more consciously compassionate people, Ungar offers anecdotes, self-evaluation tools, and lists of activities to address and overcome the problem of self-centered kids. Ungar analyzes various types of connections such as family, spiritual, physical, and even architectural, often concluding in each chapter ways to nurture kind and community-minded connections in children. This is a hopeful appeal to parents who want to improve the next generation's awareness of social, economical and environmental issues.

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"The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children" by Catherine Crawford, MFT, ATR: Crawford, a psychotherapist, who has dealt with many intuitive children during the past 20 years, explains the unique challenges parents may face who are not particularly intuitive themselves. Parents may be shocked and perplexed by their offspring's unusual gifts. She concedes that all people have intuition and sensitivity, but posits that certain children who are born with these traits function at a higher capacity and encounter specific challenges such as feeling responsible for others' emotions or absorbing group stress. While her audience may be somewhat limited, she offers sincere support and practical information to parents searching to aid and more deeply understand their highly intuitive child.

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