THE TEN BASIC PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PARENTING

Laurence Steinberg, Author . Simon & Schuster $22 (207p) ISBN 978-0-7432-5115-0

Steinberg, a Temple University psychology professor and author (Beyond the Classroom ), presents a powerful argument for the importance of parents in shaping emotionally healthy children. Steinberg's philosophy is based on decades of scientific research in the parenting field, and rests on 10 main beliefs that span childhood from infancy to adolescence. From "What You Do Matters" to "You Cannot Be Too Loving" and "Treat Your Child With Respect," Steinberg outlines the core ingredients of successful parenting, addressing common issues and questions all parents face. Although he recognizes the impact of peers and media in children's lives, Steinberg maintains that parents must take responsibility, pointing out that children's decisions are influenced, above all, by those who raise them. Steinberg maintains a thoughtful but instructive tone throughout, offering practical suggestions on topics like establishing rules and limits. Parenting, Steinberg says, is "like building a boat you will eventually launch. The building process is gratifying, but so is launching the boat and seeing that what you've built can handle the seas." Steinberg calls for parents to be involved and respectful as they create an emotionally healthy environment for their children. His slim volume brims with potent messages about the importance and responsibility of good parenting, providing useful guidelines for new parents and a valuable refresher course for veterans. Ultimately, Steinberg maintains, the scientific facts prove there is nothing more important to healthy development than parents who love, guide and respect their children. Agent, Shana Kelly. (May 3)

Forecast: Steinberg's latest will satisfy parents of children in infancy through adolescence, and his solid reputation as a parenting expert should help sales. A first serial will run in Parents magazine.

Reviewed on: 04/12/2004
Release date: 04/01/2004
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-0-7432-5116-7
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