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Raising a Thinking Child: Help Your Young Child to Resolve Everyday Conflicts and Get Along with Others Paperback – 1 Mar 1996

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671534637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671534639
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All of us like to think for ourselves. And so do children - if they have the skills to do it. That's why award-winning psychologist Dr. Myrna Shure decided to create a program to give them those skills. It's called I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) and for twenty-five years it has benefited thousands nationwide. Raising a Thinking Child, a book that will change your family dynamics forever - and help your child develop in ways you never thought possible - brings this positive parenting program directly into your home. Unlike other methods of child rearing, the ICPS approach teaches youngsters as young as four not what to think or do, but how to think - and the results are astounding. Through the program's specially designed and fun-to-do dialogues, games, and activities - easily incorporated into everyday family life - a young child learns how to solve problems and resolve conflicts with friends, teachers, and family; explore alternative solutions and their consequences; and understand the feelings of others. With ICPS, shy children become more assertive and impulsive children are less likely to act out when things don't go their way. Most important the ICPS-competent child is better equipped to avoid early destructive behaviors that later can lead to delinquency, substance abuse, violence, and depression. Helping your child become a thinking, feeling individual and grow up to be a socially adjusted, self-confident adult is what Raising a Thinking Child is all about. Based on years of research and evaluation, clinically proven, and child-tested, it may be the most important gift you can share with your child today...for tomorrow.

About the Author

Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and professor, has won awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Mental Health Association for developing the ICPS program. She lives in Philadelphia. Roberta Israeloff is a former contributing editor to Parents.


CHARLES E. SCHAEFER is professor of psychology and director of the Center for Psychological Services at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the author of many parenting books, including Raising Baby Right (with T. DiGeronimo) which won the Child magazine award for the Best Parenting Book of 1992. THERESA FOY DIGERONIMO is adjunct professor of English at The William Paterson College of New Jersey and mother of three. As a team, she and Dr. Schaefer have coauthored several books, including Toilet Training Without Tears and Teach Your Child to Behave.


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I have read over 20 books on parenting and this is the first one that really tells me how to do it, simply and concretely. This book has made my home much more peaceful. My kids come up with their own ideas and I don't have to tell them what to do anymore.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a378d0) out of 5 stars Best book for parents I have ever read ! 12 Dec. 1996
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I have read over 20 books on parenting and this is the first one that really tells me how to do it, simply and concretely. This book has made my home much more peaceful. My kids come up with their own ideas and I don't have to tell them what to do anymore
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a37d38) out of 5 stars Good Habits 27 Mar. 2000
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This book teaches good thinking habits for the children and the adults. We often want to resort back to the way our parents raised us and sometimes it's old hat. Old hat isn't always bad, but getting the kids to empower themselves is much better. A little wordy but not too bad. It's the same thinking process as another book we found extremely helpful in motivating our children, "Mommy-CEO." Both books demostrate a logical plan for the entire family. This approach allows the children to "think" on their own and keeps them focused. My mom was very controlling and I just had to change my parenting skills and habits for my own sanity. I think we are all stronger, healthier and much happier.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a37cb4) out of 5 stars Love this book! Fewer tantrums, better social interaction! 19 Sept. 2000
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My six year old son loves to play the ICPS games and has shown a marked improvement in conflict resoution with peers. He now knows the meaning of the word "frustrated" and how to avoid frustration (and how to avoid temper tantrums) by thinking of and evaluating his own alternatives in many cases. Instead of yelling or pushing to get his way, he offers to trade or works out a deal for sharing. It is a pleasure to watch his self-confidence grow and his self-esteem rise. As he grows older, he will be able to think for himself and avoid being controlled by others or becoming controlling himself. This book has been helpful for the whole family. This Mom now has some training in how to model good problem solving skills for the rest of the family, as well. Communication skills in our home have improved greatly at all levels due to Shure's book. It is one of the best parenting/communication books that I have ever read.
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HASH(0x90a37c18) out of 5 stars Required reading for parents 25 Oct. 2000
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This book and its successor, Raising a Thinking Preteen, are going to be required reading for prospective parents when I am king of the world. There are so many cliche phrases that we learn from our parents, TV, etc. that are very destructive, and certainly not constructive, and this book teaches parents how to talk to their children to foster many positive traits, including the "hungry mind" attitude.
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HASH(0x90a37f84) out of 5 stars The best book I've read teaching parenting skills 4 Oct. 2001
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I echo what's been written about this book. I kept checking it out of the library over and over until I finally decided just to buy it. My 3 year old has been figuring out a DIFFERENT way to solve problems since we started ICPSing. Beginning with word concepts that can be started at a very early age (same/different, is/is not, good idea/not a good idea) then moving into more complex problem solving is a great approach. This book gives parents, or anyone working with children solid approaches on how to teach problem solving. I highly recommend this book.
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