The Friendship Factor….& more

parenting1The friendship factor : helping our children navigate their social world–and why it matters for their success and happiness / Kenneth H. Rubin, with Andrea Thompson

Parents can promote the “friendship factor” in their children’s emotional and social development, a key element that shapes their emotional and intellectual growth and ensures their future success in life.

Kenneth H. Rubin, Ph.D., an internationally renowned researcher in child development, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Director of the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland. Featured in publications such as Parents Magazine, Parenting, Redbook, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, he has also appeared on television shows such as 20/20.

parenting 2Social intelligence : the new science of human relationships / Daniel Goleman

Explores the nature of human relationships, finding that humans are “wired to connect,” and bringing together the latest research in biology and neuroscience to reveal how one’s daily encounters shape the brain and affect the body. “Humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation and altruism, provided we develop the social intelligence to nuture these capabilities in ourselves and others.

Raising parents, raising kids : hands-on wisdom for the next generation / Dawn Menken PhD. In this cutting-edge book, therapist, parent, and visionary Dr. Dawn Menken introduces a fresh approach to the joy and wonder of the world of parenting. Going beyond the parenting 3conventional “how to” book, this is the ultimate guide to nurturing the emotional, spiritual, and social lives of children, helping parents create a more meaningful relationship with their children by supporting their deepest nature. Loaded with practical tips, inspiring examples, and her own intimate stories, Menken uses the principles of process-oriented psychology to help parents, caretakers, and educators navigate the complex waters of conflict, power dynamics, diversity, and other social challenges, offering groundbreaking insights and techniques to tackle the burgeoning problem of bullying. Menken goes on to address typical challenges of the parenting relationship, parents’ own personal growth, and the call to parent not only our children, but also the planet, and ultimately ourselves.

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