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Pressured Parents, Stressed-Out Kids: Dealing with Competition While Raising a Successful Child

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Leading child researcher Grolnick and educational and parenting journalist Seal offer this illuminating and accessible guide to channeling competitive anxiety into positive parenting.

Review:

"Parents today suffer from what Grolnick and Seal call 'Pressured Parent Phenomenon,' constant anxiety over whether our children are as competitive as they could be. Both Grolnick, a professor of psychology at Clark University, and Seal, coauthor of Motivated Minds, are parents themselves, so they speak from both their own experiences and from research. Experiments have confirmed that competitive pressure actually dampens a child's motivation. But the authors say parents are biologically hardwired to pressure children because we know 'that the more competent our children are, the more likely they will pass on our genes.' Plus, we have huge 'ego-involvement' in our kids' progress. Parents need to convert their anxiety into 'positive parenting' and encourage a child's 'intrinsic motivation.' Parents should focus on developing children's autonomy, their confidence in their own abilities. This doesn't mean letting them do whatever they want; in fact, parents need to stay involved and connected with what the child is doing. Parents must also provide the structure a child needs to exercise competence, and Grolnick and Seal provide plenty of tips on better ways to handle those inevitable times when competitive anxiety threatens a parent's better judgment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Psychologist Grolnick (Clark U.) admits that she has used controlling behavior with her own children. Drawing on her research watching kids and parents interact under conditions of competitive pressure, she and parenting journalist Seal explain the hardwired and societal sources of such pressure and how to sanely nurture a child's autonomy, competence, and connectedness. They emphasize intrinsic over external motivation. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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About the Author

Wendy S. Grolnick, PhD (Longmeadow, MA), professor of psychology at Clark University, is one of the nations leading parenting researchers. She has conducted pioneering studies on the role parents play in childrens motivation and achievement. Dr. Grolnick has been interviewed on National Public Radios The Public Eye and is frequently quoted in Parents magazine, Family Circle, and Newsday, among other journals. She is the author of The Psychology of Parental Control in addition to many scholarly articles.

Kathy Seal (Santa Monica, CA) is a nationally known parenting journalist and coauthor of Motivated Minds—a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591025665
Author:
Grolnick, Wendy S
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Grolnick, Wendy S.
Author:
Seal, Kathy
Subject:
Peer Pressure
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
290
Dimensions:
8.96x6.06x.64 in. .87 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Parents today suffer from what Grolnick and Seal call 'Pressured Parent Phenomenon,' constant anxiety over whether our children are as competitive as they could be. Both Grolnick, a professor of psychology at Clark University, and Seal, coauthor of Motivated Minds, are parents themselves, so they speak from both their own experiences and from research. Experiments have confirmed that competitive pressure actually dampens a child's motivation. But the authors say parents are biologically hardwired to pressure children because we know 'that the more competent our children are, the more likely they will pass on our genes.' Plus, we have huge 'ego-involvement' in our kids' progress. Parents need to convert their anxiety into 'positive parenting' and encourage a child's 'intrinsic motivation.' Parents should focus on developing children's autonomy, their confidence in their own abilities. This doesn't mean letting them do whatever they want; in fact, parents need to stay involved and connected with what the child is doing. Parents must also provide the structure a child needs to exercise competence, and Grolnick and Seal provide plenty of tips on better ways to handle those inevitable times when competitive anxiety threatens a parent's better judgment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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