The Process of Parenting

 
9780071289177: The Process of Parenting

"The Process of Parenting" is a comprehensive introduction to parenting that describes the many ways parents and caregivers can translate their love and concern for children into effective parenting behavior. With a strong emphasis on the developmental process and on the changing nature of parent-children relationships over time, the book presents a wide range of theories and research with a focus on real-life applications. Because parents and children are distinct individuals, a problem-solving approach is emphasized that can help parents arrive at solutions that fit them, their children, and their life circumstances. Two basic tasks of parenting are emphasized as ultimate ends: creating close emotional relationships with children and supporting the development of children's full potential.

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Chronological, developmental organization. To understand how children think, feel, and act, the text presents information on children's physical, intellectual, and personal-social development from infancy through late adolescence. Chapters 5 through 11 provide a thorough understanding of how parents can effectively apply general principles of parenting for each developmental stage of the child.
Understanding parental roles. The book focuses on two basic tasks of parenting: creating close emotional relationships with children and establishing effective limits for children. It shows how parents carry out these tasks with children of different ages and with changing life circumstances (i.e. working parents, divorce).
Interviews with researchers and clinicians. Found in each chapter, interviews with 17 well-known researchers and clinicians in child development and personality discuss everyday situations that parents encounter.
The joys of parenting. Each chapter includes a section on the joys of parenting, reinforcing the positive aspects of being a parent.
Problem-solving strategies. The author presents and compares a wide variety of models and strategies linked to major theorists (Piaget, Erikson, and Freud) as well as parenting specialists (including Briggs, Dreikurs, Ginott, and Gordon).
Current research. Research on children's development has been updated to reflect the most recent findings found in the 1997 publication of The Handbook of Child Psychology.
Greater coverage of social and cultural influences. Each chapter includes expanded coverage on the role of social and cultural influences on parenting in terms of parents' goals for children and their choices of parenting strategies.
More on emotional regulation. A greater emphasis is placed on understanding strategies for promoting children's emotional regulation as it relates to children's competence in many areas, and parent's emotional regulation as it relates to effectiveness with children.
Focus on contemporary lifestyle changes. Chapter 5 discusses how changes in contemporary life lead to changes in parenting issues with expanded discussion of single-by-choice mothers and their transitions to parenting, greater attention to the role of fathers, and information on the stresses parents experience in the process of conception.

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Jane Brooks earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked as a researcher at the University’s Institute of Human Development, interviewing, testing, and carrying out research on three generations of representative families studied at the Institute. Her publications include articles relating experiences in childhood to psychological health and social maturity in adulthood. She also worked on a research project in the Department of Public Health that resulted in an article describing the behavior problems of six-thousand children including children from four major ethnic groups varying in age from nine to eleven. She has been a lecturer in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, most recently teaching developmental psychology in 2006. She also served for a number of years on the Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Her primary work, however, has been children and families seeking help with the psychological difficulties of everyday life. She has taught many classes for parents, teachers, and pediatricians to improve children’s well being and functioning. Her background as researcher, teacher, and clinician, as well as mother, enables her to present a wide-ranging and detailed look at the experiences of parenting and ways to help children grow and achieve their potential in life.

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