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Self-Reg

How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life

by Dr. Stuart Shanker

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From internationally celebrated psychologist Stuart Shanker, a revolutionary new understanding of stress as the key that unlocks kids'--and parents'--most troubling behaviour.

     There is no such thing as a bad kid. According to world-renowned psychologist Stuart Shanker, even the most frustrating, annoying or troubling behaviour has an explanation. That means there is a way to make things better.
     Shanker's research has shown that for every child and every adult the ability to thrive--to complete tasks, form friendships, learn, and even love--depends on being able to self-regulate. In the past twenty years neurological research has been showing us a lot about brain states, and what is clear now is that the ability to self-regulate your response to stress is central to all of them. 
     There are dramatic consequences to looking at a child's behaviour through the lens of self-regulation. Above all it discards the knee-jerk reaction that a child who is having trouble paying attention, controlling his impulses, or who gives up easily on a difficult task, is somehow weak or lacks self-discipline or is not making a great enough effort to apply himself. 
     According to Shanker, the ability to self-regulate is limited, though. Like a tank of gas, it eventually dwindles, leaving a kid--or an adult--simply unable to control his or her impulses. That is, misbehaving kids aren't choosing to be difficult. They literally can't help themselves. And what draws down our reserves of self-reg? Stress. Stress of all kinds, from social anxiety to an uncomfortable chair. Control the stress, and the kid can control himself.

Contributor Notes

STUART SHANKER is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at York University in Toronto. He is Science Director of the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative, a three-year comprehensive initiative supported by the Ministries of Education in British Columbia and the Yukon to incorporate his five-domain model throughout the public school system, and in teacher and parent education. He was educated at the University of Toronto, where he won several awards, including a scholarship to study at Oxford. He lives in Ontario.

A career journalist and seasoned book collaborator, TERESA BARKER was co-writer of The New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, and has co-written more than a dozen published titles in the fields of parenting and child development, education, adult psychology, creativity and aging, personal growth, and healing. Her most recent collaboration, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age with author Catherine Steiner-Adair, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

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“Though this book takes children’s needs as its focus, it is really focused on providing guidance—and even a degree of consolation—to adults as they navigate the often tricky parent-child relationship. Shanker gives readers clear explanations of even the more complex neurological information, such as the role of the limbic system, as well as ample diagrams. And the discussion does not stop at the early childhood stage, moving ultimately into adolescence. If the stressed populations most in need of this book’s lessons can find the time to read it, they will appreciate its potential to bring the minds of both parent and child to a state of heightened attentiveness with minimal anxiety.”— Publishers Weekly

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