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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In previous posts, I have discussed the importance of positive emotions in child development and offered some suggestions for how we can strengthen positive feelings in our children’s lives – how we can engage children’s interests, nurture a spirit of kindness and generosity, support their idealism, and share feelings of pride. Positive emotions - especially, a child’s positive expectations for her future - are the cornerstone of her … READ FULL POST
In today’s post, I would like to return to a question that is controversial among parent educators and a source of confusion to many parents: Should parents praise their children? In recent years, many thoughtful writers on parenting have argued against the use of praise. Alfie Kohn has been the most influential advocate for this point of view. Kohn presents several reasons why the use of rewards, including praise, may be harmful to … READ FULL POST