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Happy Child, Happy Adult: The childhood roots of adult happiness: a five-step plan [Paperback]

Dr Edward Hallowell
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7 July 2005

It's never been easy to raise children, and arguably it's even more difficult now. In this measured and humane book Dr Edward Hallowell offers a sensible strategy for raising happy children. In his plan he has two primary goals for children: 1) that they develop a sense of 'connection' with those around them and 2) the development of a sense of mastery over one or more areas of their lives. When parents guide their children towards these goals, the outcome will be good. Other key issues he raises are:

- Don't push your child too hard in school

- High academic achievement has no correlation with happy adult life

- Put your efforts into helping your child become good at something that will become a passionate involvement

- Don't try to rush your child's development

- Teach manners

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091900077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091900076
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Straightforward guidance for parents on how to raise children who will become happy and well adjusted adults

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Straightforward guidance for parents on how to raise children who will become happy and well adjusted adults

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any parent... 27 Oct 2011
Fantastic book, probably the best parenting book i have read. Must read for any parent, anyone who loves children, or those simply seeking to come to terms with their own childhood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Have not re-ordered 4 Dec 2013
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Ordered but never received and would not have been around to re-order and collect. MAybe when i return i would think of trying again as i am quite interested in reading the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Anyone with Children 22 May 2003
By K. E Hart - Published on
This is an excellent book, which shows that in childhood you plant the seeds for adult happiness. It gives concrete suggestions about what to do for your children in order to improve their odds of becoming happy adults.
A few things struck me in particular: the idea of flow, that we are happiest when we are in activities that we get so wrapped up in that we forget ourselves, the concept that children need to learn how to fail, and how to cope with failure, that being bored is an opportunity, you needn't fill up every minute of your child's time, or orchestrate their play.
I'd recommend it to anyone with children, or anyone, such as teachers, that deal with children. Even an unhappy adult, might find out that they have the seeds of happiness within them, they just need some care to make them grow.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish every parent would receive this when they take home their baby.... 6 July 2012
By Nina Abbott - Published on
There are a lot of things American parents think they need for their child to grow up to be a happy adult:

. An elite education.
. An endless number of enriching, exciting experiences.
. A personal space outfitted with the latest....clothes, technology, furnishings.
. A continual flow of positive reinforcement.

In fact, we are all striving to give our kids everything we felt we didn't have...but in the process, as this book so eloquently elaborates, we aren't giving them many of the things we had naturally in our childhoods which we never valued.

. A feeling a it extended family, organized religion, or ethnic identification. Being connected to others in a positive way is one of the elements which has fallened by the wayside of 21st century life.

. Mastery of something "real"...not mastery of a video game but the process of genuine mastery of it gardening, soccer, reading, cleaning out the garage...the whole process of finding something daunting, chosing to practice despite obstacles..and finally that feeling of "flow" when a sense of mastery is achieved.

. Flow. Free time, free thought, free truly being in a moment.

As adult we find ourselves striving for a sense of completion through spending more, consuming more, doing more....and we try to create happy adults by giving our child the same...more stuff, more "help", more dislocation.

A lot of this book is asking us to slow down, appreciate the now with our kids, let them fail and be there to encourage them, but not to "fix it" for them.

Particularly for parents who feel that their kids can never pack their Harvard applications too soon, this book is a declaration of independence from that thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 7 May 2010
By Melissa Mccartie - Published on
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I have read this book three times. I go back to it every once in a while to stay on track with what is truly important for my kids. I watched my nine year pitch in a baseball game for the first time this week. As he struggled, walking in three batters I thought of this book and reminded myself that failing is not only OK but is vital. An hour later as he stood up to the plate with two outs and down by one run, 11 to 10, he dug down deep into his determination and hit a ball to the fence for a double, driving in two runs and winning the game. All the words in the world I could have used would never have been as effective as living that lesson of failing and getting back up again to keep giving your best. Hallowell really nails it with this book. Just love your kid, let them fail, make sure they have unstructured play as much as possible and praise them when they truly deserve it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 22 Sep 2008
By Nancy - Published on
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I'm sad to see that this book is only available from special sellers now. This is one of the best parenting books I've read. It provides a lot of practical, helpful information about the importance of connection/secure attachment for creating happy children who have the emotional foundation to become happy adults. I wish more parents would read this!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness 3 Oct 2002
By Rebecca Shafir - Published on
"The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness" is the only parenting book you'll ever need! In his usual heartwarming and uplifting style, Dr. Ned gives parents, teachers, counselors and anyone who works with kids THE five step formula for creating lifelong happiness. As a lover of biographies, I must admit, that the true adult success stories have as their foundation Dr. Ned's five key elements!! While reading this inspiring book you can't help but look back at your own childhood and smile at the things that went right and understand better why things went wrong. Furthermore, it helps one better understand the unhappy adults we interact with from time to time. Another striking impression that "Roots" delivers is that it's never too late to begin cultivating pieces of the formula one might have missed along the way. If you want to cultivate successful adults, I highly recommend this highly informative and provocative book, beautifully written by one of the leading experts in psychiatry today!
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