QuickRead presents a summary of "The Happy Kid Handbook" by Katie Hurley, LCSW:
How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World
Parenting today has become more complicated than it ever has before. As our world becomes more and more connected, we become overwhelmed with the amount of parenting advice that seems to be taking over at every corner. Parenting in the past seems to have been much simpler, all you had to worry about was getting dinner on the table and making sure everyone survived without anything catching on fire. Today, however, everybody has an opinion on how to parent and there are countless techniques, like attachment parenting, free-range parenting, mindful parenting. How do you know which one is best? How can you choose? In the end, all that matters is one thing: that your kids are happy. This is where psychotherapist and parenting expert Katie Hurley comes in. Throughout The Happy Kid Handbook, Hurley shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children. This doesn't mean giving in to every child's desire; instead, it means parenting to your individual child. After all, every child is different. When you listen to your children and encourage them to explore and express their emotions, you'll teach them how to live happy, fulfilled lives while navigating the stresses of life. As you read, you'll learn how to parent to your child's unique needs, why allowing them to be scared is healthy, and why giving your child the freedom to play can help with more than just social skills.