Parenthood begins with one of life’s most joyful moments. As we struggle to cope with the demands of being parents, with our uncertainty and stress, moments of joyfulness and pride in our children, although no less cherished, too often give way to argument, defiance, and withdrawal. In Pride and Joy, I offer guidance on how we can strengthen our family relationships and nurture our children’s emotional health. I also offer solutions to many common problems of daily family life – problems that, too often, erode the joyfulness of our children and our own pleasure in being parents.
Recent Awards for Pride and Joy
– 2013 International Book Award (Parenting and Family)
– 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award (Home Category)
– Finalist, 2013 USA Best Book Award (Parenting and Family)
– Mom’s Choice Awards (Gold)
– National Parenting Publications Awards (Silver)
– 2012 Book of the Year Award Bronze Winner (Family and Relationships)
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. Dr. Barish has worked with children and families for over three decades. He teaches post-graduate classes in adolescent development, psychoanalysis, neuropsychological testing, and child psychotherapy, and he has published several widely read articles on child psychotherapy.
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Driving home with our year-old grandson from New York’s Catskill Mountains last weekend, my wife and I recalled previous summer car rides, singing songs with our kids when they were young. We liked to sing Motown, the Beatles, and a country classic our daughter later recalled as “the hobo song” (“King of the Road”). In the light of recent changes in technology and family life, these songfests now seem quaint, as moribund as the Catskills … READ FULL POST
For many parents, it seems almost instinctive to respond to a child’s uncooperative behavior by imposing (or threatening) a consequence. In recent sessions, parents have asked, “My twelve year-old daughter is late for school every morning. What consequence should I impose to get her to be ready on time?” or “She speaks to me rudely. I’ve taken away her phone, but she is still disrespectful. What else can I do?” or “My son is addicted to video … READ FULL POST