Put Yourself in Their Shoes (Paperback)
Wouldn't parenting be easier if you could see into the mind of your child?
Learn to hear what your child can't or won't tell you--and
In her popular Boston Globe column "Child Caring," Barbara Meltz has been writing about real-life parenting issues for more than a decade. She has found that instead of divorce or moving--the situations parents think of as stressful--children's concerns are often linked to commonplace events such as sleepovers or the first day of school.
In this wise, compassionate book, Meltz offers parents a unique window into their child's inner life. She includes candid, illuminating observations from kids themselves and offers advice on what to ask, listen for, or observe to decode puzzling behavior. . . how to get a child to talk about his or her problems. . . and how to find the best way to solve conflicts. By focusing on developmental trouble spots, not age, her approach is as helpful to the parents of a two-year-old as to those of a twelve-year-old. From keeping secrets to going to camp to larger issues, such as stealing or death in the family, Put Yourself in Their Shoes offers a way to see inside a child's world--and help to make it safe and strong.
About the Author
Barbara Meltz's "Child Caring" has been one of the best-read columns at The Boston Globe since she began writing it more than a decade ago. She lives outside Boston with her husband, son, and dog. This is her first book.
"What a wonderful collection-of stories, of understanding your child, and of suggestions about how to deal with the issues. And [Meltz] addresses issues no one else dares to face...well researched and beautifully presented."
--T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
"A truly accessible guide that is right on target in helping parents to understand their children, whatever their age. Barbara Meltz offers solid, important information that is highly readable and never preachy."
--Nancy Samalin, M.S., author of Loving Each One Best, and director of Parent Guidance Workshops, New York City